My Calla Lily Secret

Two year old clump of calla lilies coming into bloom

Calla lily blooms about 3 days ago

Don’t be fooled by the display boxes of calla lily tubers.

You may be surprised that if I plant new calla lily tubers, it is around this time of the year. Well, that is my secret. I always buy them on sale either from a mail order supplier or from the the big box hardware or stores like Walmart in those colorful bags in boxes like the one shown above. While these tubers might be small, just make sure they are firm and have some fleshiness. Today I bought five small tubers for four dollars. Now I can grow these small tubers two ways; either pot them and get them growing well and them transplant them into the garden, or plant directly in the garden. I must tell you to have two year old plants like the ones shown in the picture, you need perfect conditions: fertile well drained soil, semi-partial shade especially late afternoon, and the ability to water when needed. They were also fertilized once the bloom buds formed. The ones I like are the big leaf white and yellow flowers like the ones shown in the images, but there are also the smaller types that have an array of colors and noted speckled leaves. Whichever you choose, they will reward your garden for viewing or cutting for indoors for many years to come.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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