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Calla Lilies are very popular for wedding bouquets as they signify magnificence and beauty.

Calla lilies are one of the most beautiful flowers with a unique flower form. Calla lilies come in a wide array of colors viz., shades of green, pink, purple, yellow and orange.

Callas are also known by such other common names viz., arum lily, trumpet lily, Pig lily, or Miniature Calla Lily. Calla lilies are native to Southern Africa. Calla lilies are easy to grow and are generally grown from a bulb or rhizome.

Kingdom Plantae Division Magnoliophyta Class Liliopsida Order Alismatales Family Araceae Genus Zantedeschia

Calla lilies are excellent houseplants, best for beds, borders, bouquets and flower arrangements.

Calla Lilies signify magnificence and beauty. Further combined with the attributes associated with the color you choose, Calla lilies can convey a wealth of meaning.

About the Calla Lily Flower and Plant

Calla lilies have long-petioled, basal leaves arising from a thick rhizome. The inflorescence, on a leafless flower stalk, consists of a spathe and spadix. The spathe, a large, flaring, trumpet-shaped bract, surrounds the spadix which is covered with tiny flowers.

Calla lilies average between 1 and 3 feet high and have a diameter of approximately 1 to 1 and 1/2 feet when fully grown. The Calla lily leaves are 1 1/2′ long, rich green. The green leaves of the calla lily are shaped like arrowheads and have white or silver speckles.

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Some Interesting Facts about Calla lilies

  • The Calla lily is a perennial bulb.
  • Though called a lily, Calla lilies are not really lilies.
  • Calla is a flowering genus of twenty-eight species originating in Africa and growing mostly in marshy areas.
  • Calla lilies are grown from bulbous roots with finger-like growths. These are known as tubers.
  • The blooming time of Calla lilies is late spring.
  • The word Calla comes from the Greek term for beautiful.
  • The Calla lily roots are poisonous.

Growing Calla lilies

  • Plant Calla Lilies deeply for their good size.
  • Plant them at 4 inches deep, spacing each bulb 12 inches apart.
  • Start bulbs indoors in late winter and transplant them in the spring when the danger of frost has passed.
  • Apply a bulb fertilizer every month during the active growing season.
  • Most Calla Lilies need a rest period after flowering.
  • Let the leaves die back and let plants rest for 2 to 3 months.
  • Then again resume watering to encourage new growth.

Those with children and pets should use caution when growing calla lilies. They contain a poisonous ingredient called oxalic acid. If this plant is ingested, a poison control center should be called immediately.

Calla lilies Care

  • In cooler areas, take the rhizomes after the first frost; clean the bulbs, if there is soil.
  • Dry them in direct sun for a few days.
  • Store in a dry location that remain between 50 and 60 degrees F.
  • Plant the calla lily bulbs in spring after the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed.
  • Fertilize monthly, and keep well watered.

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How to Shop for Bulk Lilies

With many different varieties of lilies, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to send this type of flower. Not only do lilies have a beautiful scent and look, but most of them have developed their own meaning and symbolism over the years. Picking out a flower arrangement accented with a personally chosen flower is an extra special step that can make your wedding flowers or centerpieces thoughtful and extra memorable.

Historically, the lily flower has been held in high regard, and the tradition of using lily in celebrations and presenting to people for milestone achievements has been in practice for centuries! Today, lilies are often paired with greenery, peonies, and gerbera daisies and white roses to form stunning wedding bouquets, centerpieces, or as DIY at home flowers.

The Meaning Behind Lilies

Lilies are a versatile, classic flower that comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes. While they are known for their beauty and versatility, they have been used to symbolize a lot of different things throughout the years. Some things that lily has symbolized is:

  • Pink or hot pink lilies stand for love, admiration, compassion, and femininity
  • White lilies represent purity and modesty
  • Yellow lilies evoke happiness, joy, and lightheartedness
  • Orange lilies symbolize energy, warmth, confidence, and honor
  • Purple lilies represent success, pride, dignity, admiration & accomplishment

Types of Lilies Sold at Sam’s Club

Perfect for many situations, these stunning flowers are the perfect option not only to show your love for an anniversary but also for yourself to be displayed at your own home! At Sam’s Club, we sell many different types of wholesale flowers, and both lilies are some of our top sellers! Some types of lilies you should put in your shopping cart are:

  • Calla lily: great as cut flowers and arranged hydrangea or alstroemeria
  • Mini calla lily: pair with garden roses for a delicate arrangement.
  • Oriental lily: the perfect flower for your bridal bouquet!
  • LA Lily: stunning as wedding centerpieces or as fillers in floral arrangements

FAQ: Buying Lilies from Sam’s Club

How much does one lily cost at Sam’s Club?

Depending on the type of lily you purchase Sam’s Club sells their mini calla lilies and regular calla lilies in bulk. You can buy wholesale calla lily in orders of 35, 50, or even 100 stems, and a single lily costs $1.60 and can go as high as $2.00.

How soon should I order my lilies before my event?

When you order your fresh flowers from Sam’s Club, we recommend you order with enough time to have the flowers delivered at least two days before your event. Delivery dates and prices fluctuate with seasonal availability, so make sure you place your order 7 to 30 days in advance of that two-day deadline! Someone needs to be available to sign for your bulk flowers, so make sure someone is at your home to sign before your lilies are released!

How can I care and keep my lilies fresh before my event?

When your flowers arrive, they may be slightly wilted when you open them. This is normal, as they are just extremely thirsty! When they arrive, open them up but leave them in the corrugated wrap packaging. Let them hydrate for 1-2 hours in a bucket of water before preparing them for any flower arrangements or flower bouquets! Once they have properly hydrated, keep them in a cool location, change the water, and recut the stems every three days.

Growing Calla Lily Indoors

Calla Lily is a gorgeous plant you can grow both outdoors and indoors. Do not be afraid to plant it in a container and keep it indoors: it is easier than it may seem. This is rhizome plant that is not difficult to care for, as long as you follow some simple guidelines.

In order to make your Calla Lily thrive, you need to provide adequate growing conditions for your plant. Remember what your Calla Lily needs and ensure that all of the important factors (soil, temperature, moisture, etc.) are in place. Once this is set, caring for your Calla Lily becomes easy.

Here are the most important growing conditions you need to provide:

Growing Medium

The best growing medium for Calla Lily plant is a standard potting soil. These soils contain a good mixture that will make your plant thrive. There is no need to buy any special potting mixes or to make your own.

The only thing you need to worry about is the pH value of the soil. Standard potting soils have balanced pH values which are good for your Calla Lily. It is important that you never use a potting soil with an unbalanced pH. Another thing to avoid is a potting soil with way too much fertilizer in the mix.

Temperature

Calla Lily can be very picky about temperature, so this is something you should think about. Ideally, the rhizome should grow in temperatures that are not cooler than 55 F and no hotter than 65 F during the day. The plant can tolerate temperatures up to 75 F but it is best if it stays below 65 F.

During the hot days, or if temperature in your home is too high, you can use mulch to keep the rhizome cool in the container. Mulch is great for many things, including preserving moisture, so you should use it.

Certain varieties of Calla Lily, such as Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Crowborough,’ can tolerate a bit colder temperatures, but it is important to never go too low. This variety can be grown outside, such as a balcony or a patio. However, most of the other varieties need to be indoors.

This is particularly important for winter conditions. If you live in a colder climate, make sure to take your Calla Lily indoors during the winter. Chances are that it will keep blooming inside throughout the whole year.

In case you keep your Calla Lily outdoors and don’t have enough space for it in your home, simply dig up the rhizomes after the plant had died in the fall. Save these bulbs and plant them in the next growing season.

Water

Calla Lily is a water-loving plant. In nature, it typically grows near ponds and in the mud. In other words, it needs moist conditions to thrive. You need to provide such conditions in your home if you want to make your Calla Lily grow strong.

The best way to accommodate your Calla Lily is to always keep the soil moist. This will mimic its natural environment and make the plant grow strong and healthy. It is therefore important that you always provide your Calla Lily with enough water.

On the other hand, make sure not to over-water your Calla Lily. It needs moisture, but there is such a thing as too much water. You should never allow for your Calla Lily to sit in water. The water should never collect in the container. If your Calla Lily sits in water it may cause its bulb to rot. Keep this in mind when deciding how much to water your plant.

One of the main signs of overwatering are dark tips on the leaves. If you notice this, especially if the soil is always too damp, make sure to cut back on the water a bit to make your plant recover.

Also, keep in mind that the Calla Lilt will start to die back once it finishes with flowering. When this happens it is important to stop watering so the bulb can dry out. Once it is dried, simply store it and re-plant it in the next growing season.

Humidity

Calla Lily plants do well in the normal room humidity, so chances are that you don’t need to prepare anything special for it. However, it is important to keep the soil moist at all times. In case the air is too dry, you will need to water your plant more frequently.

Pay special attention during winter: the heating can cause the air to become too dry, which will not benefit your Calla Lily.

Light

Calla Lily requires a lot of light. It thrives in bright sunlight, but only during non-peak hours of the day. A good choice is to place your plant near a sunny window. East or West facing windows seem to work the best for Calla Lily plants.

Fertilizing

A great thing about Calla Lily is that it often doesn’t need much, if any fertilizer. However, it is advisable to use some fertilizer to promote growth of your Calla Lily. Some people recommend to use a bulb fertilizer once per month to make your plant grow. However, you need to stop fertilizing once the plant starts blooming.

It is important to use only fertilizer without any ammonium. A good mix to use is 1 part fertilizer to 1 gallon of water. It is also best to fertilize your plant only for a single season. You should never apply fertilizer for a prolonged period of time, since it can harm your Calla Lily.

Pay attention to your plant. If you notice that its leaves have dark tips, it may be a sign that you re applying too much fertilizer. In this case, simply cut out some of the fertilizer or use a weaker one. It is important that you don’t over-feed your plant. This is the only way to make it strong and healthy.

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How to Grow Calla Bulbs

The calla lily grows from a type of bulb called a rhizome and produces very large green leaves, typically covered with lighter-colored spots. The flower blooms from the top of a rather thick stem and sort of resembles trumpet shaped rolled paper. The calla lily belongs to the same family as caladium and jack-in-the-pulpit. Although it is called a lily, this plant is not really a lily. Calla lilies are quite easy to grow and make a spectacular addition to the home or garden. They are also very popular choices for bridal bouquets and cut flower arrangements. The calla lily is a very hardy and strong genus that will grow in more or less any soil as long as the climate is humid enough.

When to Plant your Calla Lily Bulbs

Although calla lilies are known as ‘spring bulbs,’ in tropical climates or USDA zones 8-10, calla lilies thrive outdoors year-round. They can be planted at any time! In other areas, they can be planted when temperatures rest higher than 55 degrees F (below 55 degrees, calla lilies stop growing). Just make sure that there is no danger of frost or of temperatures dropping below 55 degrees in the first 12 weeks after planting.

Where to Plant your Calla Bulb

Plant the calla bulbs in full sun or partial shade (the partial shade location is best in warmer climates so as not to stress the delicate calla). When choosing a location for planting, it should be taken into consideration that calla lilies average between 1 and 3 feet high and have a diameter of approximately 1 to 1 1/2 feet when fully grown.

How to Plant your Calla Bulbs

Before planting, it is important to properly prepare the soil; Adding mulch to the soil will help maintain a constant soil temperature. This will help keep the plant stress-free. Mulch will also improve the texture of the soil and help hold in valuable moisture. Calla lilies thrive in well-drained, loose soil. Once the soil has been prepared, they should be planted at a depth of approximately 2 inches with the developing foliage pointing upwards. Calla lilies need 1 to 1½ feet of growing space between each plant. After planting, thoroughly water the bulbs. It is important to keep the soil evenly moist but not soaked. Depending on the variety, soil temperature, and weather conditions, you can expect calla lilies to begin blooming within 60 to 90 days.

How to Care for your Calla Bulbs

The calla lilies as most other bulbs, spread by producing even more bulbs. These bulbs can be dug up, and replanted in another location. In tropical climates (zones 8-10), calla lilies can be left in the ground over winter without trouble. In other areas, lift the bulbs before the first frost, clean off excess soil, let dry out of the direct sun for a few days, then store in a dry location that remains between 50 and 60 degrees F. Re-plant in spring after the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed.

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Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Magnificent Calla Lilies

Native to South Africa, Calla Lilies deserve a spot in the garden or at home. Whether used in borders, containers or as cut flowers, they always provide a spectacular effect with their rich, cheerful colors and their breathtaking chalice-shaped flowers (spathe) surrounding a yellow finger-like stalk (spadix). And they are so easy to grow! With very little work needed, they will burst into bloom and add bright notes of summer color to the garden, or to your pots inside your home – provided some basic rules are respected.

1. Choose The Right Rhizomes (or Tubers)

  • Choose rhizomes that are large, firm, and plump.
  • The size of the rhizomes is highly correlated to the overall size of the plant and its blossoms. The bigger the rhizome, the bigger the plant and more spectacular the flowers.

Zantedeschia ‘Garnet Glow’

Zantedeschia rhizome

Zantedeschia ‘Captain Safari’

2. Select The Right Site

  • Calla Lilies grow in full sun or partial shade. Full sun is best in cool summer areas but part shade is preferred in hot summer areas.
  • Calla Lilies perform best in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils. Consistent moisture is essential, but avoid overwatering to prevent rot.
  • Choose a sheltered position and add some well-rotted organic matter before planting.
  • Calla Lilies are well-suited for bog or marsh gardens, for planting near ponds and streams, as border plants or for containers.
  • Some Calla Lilies (e.g. Zantedeschia aethiopica) can be grown in water up to 12 in. deep (30 cm). Use aquatic compost and a 12 in. deep (30 cm) planting basket.
  • Calla Lilies are winter hardy in hardiness zones 8-10 – However, please note that hardiness varies among the species and cultivars. In cooler climates (zones 3-7), the tubers are planted in the spring, after the danger of frost has passed, and usually treated as annuals. However, if you want to save your bulbs for next spring, you may dig them up before the first frost and store them over winter before replanting them next spring. Not sure about your growing zone? Check here.

Zantedeschia ‘Fire Glow’

Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Green Goddess’

Zantedeschia ‘Picasso’

3. Planting Your Calla Lilies

  • Calla rhizomes should be planted in spring. They may be started indoors as early as a month before the average last frost date (for earlier blooms) or planted directly in the ground after the danger of frost has passed. For early flowering plants at Easter, plant the rhizomes in December.
  • If conditions are cool or soil temperature is cold, delay the planting until the soil has warmed to at least 65°F (18°C).
  • Plant your calla rhizomes 4 in. deep (10 cm) and about 12 in. apart (30 cm).
  • Set the calla rhizome with the growing tips facing up. Cover the rhizome with soil and water as needed. Mulch to keep down weeds and conserve soil moisture.
  • After planting, it may take 2 weeks or more for the first shoots to appear. The rhizomes take about 13-16 weeks to start flowering depending upon the cultivar and planting date. When Calla Lilies are planted in the spring, they will produce flowers between midsummer and early fall for 3-8 weeks. Their flowering period depends on the temperature, amount of light and the variety. In climates where Calla Lilies are perennial, they typically bloom in late spring to early summer.

Zantedeschia ‘Rubylite Pink Ice’

Zantedeschia ‘Odessa’

Zantedeschia ‘Captain Chelsea’

4. Aftercare

  • Provide consistent moisture during the growing season and do not allow the soil to dry out.
  • Feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser every two weeks until the flowers have faded.
  • Mulch annually in fall with well rotted garden compost or manure.
  • Remove the flower stems after the blooms have faded.
  • Zantedeschia makes excellent cut flowers and have one of the longest vase life among cut flowers (up to 2 weeks).
  • The flowers which are fully open (with their stamens visible) can be harvested. This should be done in the cool of the morning or evening. The flowers should be pulled rather than cut. Cutting dammages both flowers and tubers.
  • Propagate by division, in spring. Small rhizomes that have been overwintered in pots under cover can be cut up into sections, each with a visible bud. Large overwintered clumps in the garden can be divided by lifting the plant before there is much top growth, and chopping through the roots with a spade and dividing into smaller sections.

Zantedeschia ‘Amigo’

Zantedeschia albomaculata

Zantedeschia rehmannii

5. Overwintering

  • Most calla lilies are winter hardy in zones 8-10, so in these warm climates the rhizomes can be left right in the ground. If you live in a colder area and you want to save your rhizomes for next spring, you may dig them up before the first frost and store them over winter before replanting them next spring. Not sure about your growing zone? Check here.
  • As soon as temperatures drop below freezing and the foliage turns brown, cut down the foliage and stems to about 1-2 in. (2-5 cm), and lift the rhizomes for winter storage. If you are growing different varieties of calla lilies, you should label them.
  • Wash and dry the tubers. Let them cure for 2-3 days in a warm, dry place at temperature of 65-75°F (20-25°C). Then place them into a box with barely damp peat moss. Store the box in a dark place at 50-60°F (10-15°C).
  • Check the rhizomes during the winter months to make sure they are not too moist or too dry.​

Calla Lily Care – Tips On Growing Calla Lilies

Although not considered true lilies, the calla lily (Zantedeschia sp.) is an extraordinary flower. This beautiful plant, available in a multitude of colors, grows from rhizomes and is ideal for use in beds and borders. You can also grow calla lilies in containers, either outdoors or in a sunny window as houseplants. Here are a few tips on growing calla lilies that will make them sparkle in your yard.

Tips on Growing Calla Lilies

It is easy to grow calla lilies. These plants do not generally require too much attention. Proper planting and location are about the only important things to consider when growing calla lilies. Care of calla lilies requires that they be planted in loose, well-drained soil. They prefer to be located in full sun or partial shade in warmer climates. Calla lilies are typically planted in the spring. However, wait until the threat of frost has passed and the soil has warmed sufficiently before planting calla lilies.

Calla lilies

should be planted rather deep, about 4 inches (10 cm.) for greater results, and spaced approximately a foot apart. Once planted, the area should be watered well. Calla lilies enjoy being kept moist and will also benefit from a monthly dose of fertilizer throughout the growing season.

Calla Lilies Care

As with planting, there’s not too much required for the care of calla lilies other than keeping them watered and fertilized. An adequate layer of mulch around the plants will help keep the area moist and free of weeds. Calla lilies require a dormant period once flowering has ceased. During this time, you should refrain from watering as much to allow the plant to die back.

If you grow calla lilies in containers, cease watering and move the plant to a dark area once the foliage has faded. Regular watering can resume within two to three months. Although calla lilies can remain in the ground year-round in warmer climates, they should be lifted and stored in cooler areas.

Care of Calla Lilies Over Winter

Dig up the rhizomes in autumn, usually after the first frost, and shake off any soil. Allow them to dry out for a few days before storing the rhizomes for winter. Calla lilies should be stored in peat moss and located in a cool, dry area, preferably dark, until warmer temperatures return in spring. Likewise, you can choose to start your calla lilies indoors during late winter and transplant them outside in spring. Calla lilies can also be divided when lifted or during their dormancy period.

Growing calla lilies is easy and calla lilies care is minimal at best. Choosing to grow calla lilies in the garden or as houseplants is a great way to add color to any area. These tips on growing calla lilies will help you enjoy these lovely flowers even more.

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