Popular for weddings, funerals and contracts, you’ll find so many different types of Calla. Calla Lily is one of the common names for Zantedeschia. The other common name is Arum Lily.
Calla Lilies are tender forms of the plant. And they’re found as cut flowers and pot plants at Alsmeer wonderful array of colours, ranging from yellow, orange and deep pink to white, blush, purple, pale pink and bi-coloured.
Arum Lilies on the other hand are hardier outdoor forms with striking white flowers.
Native to South Africa, although now grown in Holland and Kenya too. The common name ‘calla’ comes from the Greek word meaning ‘beautiful’. The name is a little deceiving as it is actually not a the Lily.
Its trumpet-like petal, atop a long, fleshy, bright-green stalk, is a spathe wrapped sheath-like around an upright spadix or spike. The actual flowers are very small and are located on the elongated spadix in the centre of the spathe. When the spadix is fluffy with pollen, this indicates an older flower.
According to traditional folklore, Calla Lilies came to be when Eve was leaving the Garden of Eden. Her tears of sorrow fell to the ground and from those tears sprung the Calla Lily.
Calla Lilies are fantastic, either massed on their own or combined with other flowers in wedding, funeral and contract designs. Some adding height to your arrangements.
Calla lilies are sleek, elegant cut flowers with pliable stems that are easily curved into graceful silhouettes. Their delicate blooms bruise easily and should be handled with care.
Available year-round, calla lilies should stay fresh for 7 to 10 days. In terms of care, they’re very different then other cut flowers. Once home follow these simple tips to extend the life of your blooms:
Calla Lily Care
- Calla lilies are sometimes sold with plastic sleeves around the flowers to protect their blooms. Carefully remove these when you get home.
- Stand the flowers in water for at least two hours before you start arranging them. To prevent air bubbles from clogging the stems, place an elastic band around each one for the first hour of hydrating.
- Calla lily stems are mostly water and will begin to deteriorate if fully submerged. Use only about two inches of water mixed with flower food in the vase. If you don’t have flower food, dissolve half a teaspoon of sugar, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and a few drops of bleach in 4 cups of water to create a home-made substitute.
- Slant cut the stems to the desired length. Try to leave some of the white part at the end of the stem to keep them from splitting as they age.
- Be sure to keep stems under the water when cutting.
- Arrange the stems to your liking, varying the height and position. Add other flowers to the arrangement once all the calla lilies are positioned.
- Calla lilies are thirsty flowers so add fresh water daily and re-cut the stems if they start to split.
- Continue to remove spent leaves to keep the bouquet looking fresh longer.