A calla is a flower-like herb with a bell-shaped leaf that is typically mistaken for the plant’s flower. The calla’s flowers are actually the small blossoms inside the bell-shaped leaf. Calla lilies are one of the most popular types of calla. The calla lily, or zantedeschia, has a bell-shaped leaf that is about 10 inches long.
- Moderately Easy
things you’ll need:
- Wood chips or bark
- Plant your calla lily in late spring, or early summer. Choose a location with about 25-percent shading. Calla lilies can tolerate full sunlight with sufficient watering.
- Add organic material like wood chips or bark to the soil to keep it cool, moist and discourage weeds. Calla lilies prefer humus-rich soil. Add a 2-inch layer of mulch made from wood chips, ground bark or other organic material to the top of the soil.
- Plant the calla lily rhizome about 2 inches deep, and space the plants about 18 inches apart.
- Keep the soil moist. Calla lilies can tolerate wet ground, which makes them ideal for planting along the edge of ponds.
Tips & Warnings
All parts of the calla lily are toxic and should not be digested by pets or humans.