Guide to Calla Lilies
Calla lilies are unique flowers, with a rare shape. They are called lilies, but they aren’t exactly lilies. The Calla lily originates from Southern Africa and comes in a variety of colours: pink, green, purple, yellow, and orange. Calla lilies are both kept inside and grown in outdoor gardens. They form beautiful flower beds, bouquets and borders. This is one of the most elegant flowers, a symbol of pure beauty and magnificence. The name “calla” means beautiful in Greek, but in fact the flower’s roots are strongly poisonous.
Legend says that the flower Calla Lily sprung from the Greek Goddess Hera’s breast milk while she was nursing Hercules, one of Zeus’s sons. The drops of milk, which fell on the ground, turned into Calla lilies.
In Christianity, the Calla lily symbolizes Resurrection. Its petals, which have the shape of trumpets, are the so-called heralds of victory. The flower also represents the passion of Christ on the cross. The Calla lily is often painted next to the Virgin Mary.
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Throughout the centuries this beautiful and gentle flower has been a symbol of admiration and other hidden messages. Expressing one’s admiration is still done by giving a bouquet of Calla lilies. Actress Katherine Hepburn had Calla lilies on her wedding and simply adored the flower, viewing it as a symbol of devotion and purity of the soul.
Calla lilies are amazing flowers to have in your garden and to take care of. You can get seeds for plenty of colours and use them for borders or flower beds.
Here is what you should do in order to grow Calla lilies:
Easy to grow and do not need specific care;
They are not time consuming once you find the right planting area, but just be extra careful during planting;
Calla lilies have to be planted during spring or when the soil is workable and it should also be well-drained and warm;
These flowers like bright sun or just partial shade;
Insert the Calla Lilies bulbs into 5 inch to 6 tops (10 to 12 cm); The bulbs should have half a meter apart;
Calla Lilies need a lot of water so keep them well moistened.
Other than draining the water, but keeping the Calla Lilies moist is to fertilize the soil with special Calla Lilies fertilizer. You can ask a florist or join flower forums, where you should receive proper advice on a fertilizer brand.
Calla Lilies require minimal care and following these simple instructions will help you plant and grow beautiful Calla lilies, which will definitely make your neighbors envious.
Usually bloom in summer, if planted when both the weather and soil are warmer. They last up to 8 weeks the most. Depending on the amount of sunlight they receive and the weather conditions. If they fail to display their blooms, the reasons are mostly two:
Not enough water;
Not enough sun;
If the weather is sunny, warm and you provide enough water to your Calla Lilies, then this means you should stay happy with your Calla Lilies.
When their blooming season ends and all Calla Lily’s flowers are to be displayed for 8 weeks, then their blooms start to fall and fade. The maximum you will have is 8 weeks, you can fertilize and look after them as written above and try maximizing their blooming period as much as you can with nutrition.
Keep in mind that some fertilizers consisting of nitrogen are dangerous, so buy fertilizers that are higher in phosphorus instead. Giving too much of the wrong ingredients might stop their blooming abilities.
Calla Lilies are usually very moist due to water necessity of the typical flower, but after they bloom and their blooms start to fall down you should diminish the watering and look at how the leaves are turning yellow.
Since they turn yellow you should cut the leaves and after all of the blooms and flowers have fallen off or died, you should cut the Calla Lily to the ground.
Dig up the bulbs and roots/rhizomes,
Clean them with fresh water and after they dry out -
Store them in a cool place, probably in a pot with peat moss and replant when the next Spring comes.
The temperature should be around 50 Fahrenheit ( 10 C ).
You can also take care of calla lilies in containers outdoors or indoors. If you decide to plant Calla Lily in a pot indoors, then the same caring tips apply. You should always guarantee they have:
Been watered and their soil in the container is moist as they love water;
Had their soil fertilized and having proper flower food for Calla Lilies;
Been kept away from air conditioning and heaters;
Keep away from direct sunlight;
You can grow and buy the following types of Calla lilies:
white (associated with funerals),
pink (perfect for weddings),
red (crimson, ruby, burgundy and scarlet red),
blue (obtained artificially, but extremely beautiful),
purple (in a variety of different purple shades),
yellow (named Queen Victoria and a symbol of both resurrection and birth),
black (one of the darkest black flowers, carrying different names), and
brown (exotic and more masculine, perfect for all sorts of events).
The Calla lily is a popular flower and it is often chosen for bouquets and flower arrangements for various occasions. You can find endless ideas for bouquets of Calla lilies. As long as you let your imagination flow and get creative, you can easily prepare your own arrangements.
The flowers express infinite beauty and innocence and giving them to a woman will be a big statement of admiration. In an arrangement the flower can be nicely combined with peonies, tulips and lilies: the result will be unique and magical.
Mini calla lilies are great for unusual bridal bouquets – creating an eye-catching and dramatic effect. If you wish to be extra brave, mix Calla lilies of different colours. The most popular colour is white, but it doesn’t have to be the only option. Calla lilies are one of the classiest and unique flowers used for wedding flower arrangements.