How to Plant White Calla Lilies


Calla lilies grow as tall, thin green stalks from which trumpet-shaped flower blossoms emerge. The flower blossoms point upward like a vase and are available in white as well as other colors such as purple. The white calla lilies are common choices for weddings and floral bouquets. Growing your own white calla lilies can be accomplished by planting the rhizomes in the early spring. Since calla lilies prefer high moisture, take the time to choose an appropriate planting site.



things you’ll need:
  • Hand spade
  • Calla lily rhizomes
    1. Wait until the early spring, after the threat of frost is over and the ground thaws. Look for an outdoor planting location that has damp to slightly soggy soil and partial shade to full sun.
    2. Dig a hole approximately 4 inches deep using a hand spade. Insert one calla lily rhizome into the hole so that it lays horizontally and fill in the hole with soil. Plant additional rhizomes 12 inches apart to allow for the mature growth.
    3. Water the soil until it is damp to a 4-inch depth. After planting, water as often as needed to keep the soil moist.

Tips & Warnings

  • Calla lilies will even grow submersed in shallow water, such as ponds or water features.

  • When purchasing the calla lily rhizomes, make sure the package specifies the color of the blooms as white.

  • Calla lilies are poisonous and should not be planted in areas accessible to small children or pets.

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