Although they are not true lilies, the calla lily does share many of their qualities. They are an extraordinary flower that brings an exotic touch to many gardens. This beautiful plant is available in a multitude of colors and is ideal for beds, borders or containers. While also incredibly easy to grow, here are a few tips that will really make your calla lilies shine.


Calla lilies should be planted in the spring after all danger of frost has passed. If you want to get a head start, plant your rhizomes in pots indoors about a month before planting them in the garden. Plant them in an area that offers full or partial sun. Bright, indirect light is ideal as dense shade may damper the bud count and scorching midday sun can be equally challenging.


Calla lilies prefer well-drained, porous soil. Plant them 2-4″ deep and about 6″ apart. After planting, it may take 2 weeks or more for the first shoots to appear. Once they break through the surface, the plants will grow quickly. During growing season, give your calla lilies a monthly dose of liquid fertilizer. This is especially true if your flowers are in containers. However, if they are planted in the ground and you have already fertile soil, you do not need any further food.


When the rhizomes are first planted, do not overwater them. Once the plant has a few leaves, you can begin watering them as needed. Give them water only when the soil is slightly dry. Calla lilies dislike soggy soil, so do not overdose them with water.

Winter protection

Before the frost in autumn and early winter, dig up the rhizomes and shake off any extra soil. Allow them to dry out for a few days before you store them for winter. Store them in a cool (around55ºF), dry area that is preferably dark. Withhold water for 8 weeks or longer before starting the cycle again with light and water.

Where to Plant

Cala lilies grow between 1 and 2 feet tall. This makes them good choices for the front or middle of your flowerbed. They also make great cut flowers as they are easy to arrange and can last up to two weeks in a vase. They come in a wide range of colors, so you’ll have plenty of options for your bouquets. Calla Lilies also grow well in containers, either on their own or with other annuals. The flowers last for weeks and some varieties change color as they mature.