Calla Lily

Long lasting solitary thick 5 inch long (13 cm) petaled flower that has a funnel-shaped cone (spathe) around a long yellow spike (spadix) bearing the flowers themselves. Very thick and soft stems. Flowers are usually white. But hybrid ‘mini-callas’ have a range of other colors including natural green varieties.

Family: Araceae
Species: Zantedeschia aethiopica
Origin: Native to Southern and Eastern Africa
Symbolizes: The Calla Lily is known to symbolize beauty, purity, innocence, holiness, and faithfulness.
Also Known As: Calla, Zantedeschia, Arum Aethiopicum, and Arum Lily.

Care, Handling & Design

Temperature: 34-38 F (1-3 C)
Humidity: 75-85%
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 4- 10 days

What to Look for When Purchasing

Harvesting stage is when the spathe has opened enough so that the spadix can be seen. The spadix (the thick fleshy inflorescence inside the showy spathe) should be visible at the time of purchase. Also, the stems should stand firm and should not be slimy. Look for bruising or mechanical damage due to improper packaging and handling. Also look for brown tips of the spathe. When purchasing Calla Lilies look for pliable stems – if they snap when bent, the flowers are past their prime. Also be sure the flowers are smooth, firm, and wrinkle free. Lastly be sure there is no pollen on the stamen. This forms as the flowers age and is a sign they aren’t fresh. Unlike other lilies, calla lilies do not have a scent.

Foam Info

Stem ends are thick but soft which can make it difficult to handle in foam. Use appropriate foam.

Design Tips

Stems are extremely soft. Although you can use with foam, Callas will last longer when arranged in a vase. Callas make a dramatic statement all on their own or can mix with other flowers for an elegant, upscale look. Callas are beautiful, feminine, and elegant flowers perfect for weddings. Calla Lilies’ stems are typically long and thick (except for mini-Callas). It is therefore important to secure floral foam appropriately when making arrangements. If needed, Callas may be opened gently by hand to uncurl the spathe. Their large sturdy stems make them an ideal candidate for large vase arrangements or single flowers for wedding rose ceremonies. keep in mind that the Calla Lily stems may drip for a while after cutting stems. Callas are also commonly used at funerals. Calla lily sap will stain clothing, but the stain won’t appear until after laundering. If using calla lilies in bouquets or boutonnieres, be sure to cover the stems ends.

Ethylene Sensitivity

Low

Pest & Disease Information

Botrytis on flowers.

Troubleshooting

If flowers were harvested too early, they may not fully open. Browning of the edges of the spathe is a common disorder. Commercial Calla products can prevent it. The end of the stems can split and curl a bit. Photosynthesis causes this. Avoid this by using an opaque vase or bucket. Handle Callas as little as possible, especially the flower heads. If at all possible only hold your Calla Lilies by the stem. The natural oils in your skin can cause the flower to bruise and turn brown.

Product Usage

For optimal care of Calla Lily, please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.

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FloraLife® D.C.D.® Cleaner
FloraLife® D.C.D.® Cleaner
FloraLife® D.L.D. Cleaner
FloraLife® D.L.D. Cleaner 
FloraLife® Floral Cleaner
FloraLife® Floral Cleaner 
FloraLife® Cleaner
FloraLife® Cleaner  
FloraLife® Cleaner Plus
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FloraLife® MicroBLOC® Greenhouse Disinfectant
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FloraLife® P.A.C. Professional Agriculture Cleaner®
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FloraLife® STRIP-IT® Cleaner
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Hydrate
FloraLife HydraFlor® 100
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FloraLife® Express Clear 100
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FloraLife® Hydrate Universal 100
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FloraLife® Hydrate Hydrangea
FloraLife® Hydrate Hydrangea          
FloraLife® Hydrate Plus 100
FloraLife® Hydrate Plus 100        
FloraLife® Quick Dip
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Treat
EthylBloc™ Tablet
EthylBloc™ Tablet     
EthylBloc™ Truck Kit
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FloraLife® PRG
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FloraLife® Clear Rose 200
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FloraLife® Express 200 eZ Dose®
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FloraLife® Express Clear 200
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FloraLife® Express ULTRA 300
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FloraLife® Floral Foam Food 300
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FloraLife® Flower Food 300
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FloraLife® Rose Food Clear 300
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FloraLife® Special Blend 300
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FloraLife® Flower Food 300 Packets
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