Sumatra Calla Lily Bulbs
Sumatra Calla Lily Bulbs or Zantedeschia Bulbs are not fragrant and are a bright red calla lily flower. Produces 5-15 flowers per bulb/tuber. The edges of their leaves have a small dark red ribbon at the edge…Very Unique! Also, leaves are green with whitish spots and have a leathery texture. Its’ calla lily bright red flower bouquet, alone or mixed with other flowers, is very elegant. The Calla lily flower is one of the longest lasting. See Sumatra live and in bloom at our annual lily festival!
About Calla Lilies (Zantedeschia)
Mythical Info for Calla Lilies (Zantedeschia sp.)
Although not considered true lilies, the calla lilies are an extraordinary flower. Likewise available in a multitude of colors. Calla lilies grow from rhizomes. And are ideal for use in beds or borders. Also grow calla lilies in containers. As well as outdoors. Or in sunny window as houseplants.
The word calla is Greek for beauty. “Calla”. Flowers have an interesting mythological history. Calla lilies are said to come from the ancient god Hera, wife of Zeus. Zeus brought Hercules to nurse from his wife. While she was sleeping. He wanted his son to have the strength of the gods. Hera awoke. Then pushed the baby away from her. As a result, drops of milk flew across the sky. Therefore, creating the milky way. And everywhere they landed on earth, calla lilies bloomed.
Call lilies (Zantedeschia) have been tied to Venus. Also in Roman mythology. Venus saw the flower and felt her beauty was threatened. Moreover, by its pure white blossom. So, she cursed it with an unsightly pistil.
History of Calla Lilies
Calla lilies or Zantedeschia are native to the modern-day region of South Africa and Malawi. It’s not clear how they made their way to Europe. But they are depicted in an illustration from the 1664 illustration of the Royal Garden of Paris.
First cataloged in the 18th century by a Swedish botanist. He mistakenly named the species calla lily. Calla lilies are actually in the Araceae family. Along with the caladium and philodendron. Not long after the mistake, a German botanist realized the error. And created the genus Zantedeschia. But it was too late. The name calla lily stuck.
Additionally, by the 20th century, calla lilies grew in popularity in the U.S. And, they became popular in American art. Particularly through the work of Georgia O’Keeffe.
Sumatra Calla Lily Bulbs Care
Become your own florist and SAVE! You can grow Sumatra Calla lily bulbs in any zone. As well as all our Calla Lily Bulbs. Grow them outdoors, as well as house plants. Here is a quick and basic how to:
Zones 3 to 6: First, remove Sumatra Calla lily (Zantedeschia) bulbs in the Fall, before heavy rains. Second, clean. Third, store indoors in a cool dry place for 1.5 to 2 months. Fourth, plant in a container indoors with plenty of sunlight. Fifth, move outdoors once all frost or extreme weather is past.
Zones 5 to 11: Cold winter areas. Same as above. However, if your zone has heavy freezing weather during the winter, first remove. Second, clean. Third, store indoors.
Warmer winter climate zones: Plant Sumatra Calla lily bulbs 3 inches deep outdoors in the Spring. Also, plant Sumatra Calla lily bulbs in a dry or well drained area. She prefers dry growing conditions. Water moderately. Likewise, zones with heavy rainfall during winter, remove. Clean, then store indoors. Otherwise, leave Sumatra Calla lily bulbs as they are.
Growing Sumatra Calla Lily Bulbs
Good drainage is crucial with all Sumatra Calla lily (Zantedeschia) bulbs. Choose a location with well-drained soil. Spots having heavy clay or one that remains damp are death for Calla lilies. Clay soils can be amended by adding our Power Grow Potting Mix/Soil Amendment. But, if the surrounding soil is clay, planting spots act as a sump for excess water. Consequently, they will struggle to survive. Spots with a bit of slope allows excess rain to drain away. Likewise, another option is to provide raised beds. Therefore, allowing for a soil mix that is free draining. As well as rich in well seasoned organic matter. Also, potting mix needs 40% pumice.
Fertilize Calla lily (Zantedeschia) bulbs twice annually, Spring and Fall. Most importantly, use our Power Grow All Season Lily Bulb Fertilizer.
Growing calla lilies is easy. And calla lily care is minimal at best. Choose to grow calla lilies (Zantedeschia) in the garden. Or, as houseplants. Not to mention, a great way to add long lasting color to any area. Furthermore, get more detailed information…Read More.