How to Cut Calla Lilies

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Calla lilies are large, summer-blooming flowers commonly used in wedding ceremonies. Calla lilies, which are native to Africa, also make charming centerpiece arrangements. The waxy flowers are shaped like a funnel and are available in a wide range of colors, such as white, yellow, pink and red. When designing calla lily arrangements and bouquets, make sure to cut the flower stems properly to get the maximum amount of life out of the blooms.



things you’ll need:
  • Vase
  • Water
  • Floral preservative
  • Sharp florists’ scissors
    1. Fill a vase with clean, tepid water. Open a packet of floral preservative and add it to the water. Swirl the vase to make sure the preservative completely dissolves in the water.
    2. Hold the end of a calla lily stem under cool running water from a faucet; cutting the flower under water will prevent air from entering the stem.
    3. Cut the end of the calla lily stem at a 45-degree angle to ensure maximum water absorption. Use a pair of sharp florists’ scissors to create a clean cut.
    4. Place the cut stems immediately into the water-filled vase to avoid contact with air. Keep the vase of flowers away from direct heat and cold drafts.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep calla lilies away from children and pets as the entire flower is toxic.

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