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Growing Callas: Ever since Katherine Hepburn whispered, "The Calla Lilies are in bloom again," in one of her old films (Stage Door, 1937), American gardeners have thought of them as special. They are always a romantic favorite, particularly exquisite in arrangements. Callas are native to South Africa, and today they're not only easy to grow, but available in a literal rainbow of colors.
The common white one is Zantedeschia aethiopica, and like all callas, it's hardy in the US only in Zone 8 and above. This means these are 'tender bulbs' in most of the country, and have to be lifted and stored in fall. Many people grow callas in patio pots, and the pots can be brought in before frost.
Most of the very colorful callas are a separate species, C. rehmannii, and these have more narrow leaves than the classic white type. If you haven't grown callas, you may be surprised that these bulbs create a sizable plant. Sometimes the clumps grow 36' high. Most all callas have pointed or heart-shaped foliage that's dark green spattered with white spots. The bulbs are irregular, sort of like ginger roots, and several can be planted in the same pot. They enjoy being root-bound. If you plant your bulbs in spring, you'll have flowers in about 65 days.
|Common Name||Calla Lily|
|Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10|
|Ships As||Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Purple, White|
|Mature Height||22-26" tall|
|Bulb Size||14/+ cm|
|Bulb Spacing||3 bulbs per sq. ft.|
|Planting Depth||Bulbs/Tubers should be planted 1" to 2" below the soil line.|
|Bloom Time||Mid summer until frost|
|Days to Bloom||65 days|
|Plant Type / Life Cycle||Annual|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Average, Well Draining|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Containers, Extended Blooms|
|Additional Information||Hardy in zones 8-10|
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals||Yes|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.
As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.
You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.
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Comments about American Meadows Calla Lily Bulb Vermeer:
This lily is a show stopper in my garden. Each bulb has produced three flowers which last about 2 weeks. They are very sturdy.
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
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