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Care of the plant Zantedeschia aethiopica or Calla lily.

Care of the tuberous plant Zantedeschia aethiopica or Calla lily

The genus Zantedeschia, family Araceae, includes 8 species of rhizomatous herbaceous plants native to Africa. Some species are: Zantedeschia aethiopica, Zantedeschia rehmannii, Zantedeschia elliottiana, Zantedeschia albomaculata, Zantedeschia odorata.

Common names: Calla lily, Arum lily, African lily, White Calla Lily, Egyptian lily, Lily of the Nile, Richardia, Trumpet lily, White arum lily or Altar lily. This species is native to southern Africa.

They are herbaceous tuberous plants that reach 1 meter (3.28 feet) in height. The large, neat or heart-shaped basal leaves are deep green in color. The flowers are yellow and surrounded by a large white bract; there are yellow or pink cultivars. They bloom in spring and summer.

They are used in shallow ponds, in clear understory, and in pots for balconies, terraces, patios, and greenhouses. they are also used as cut flowers.

Zantedeschia aethiopica prefers a semi-shade exposure; avoid direct sun in the hottest hours of the day. They do not resist frost.

The soil must be acidic and contain abundant organic matter.

Water abundantly so that the substrate never dries out; they are semi-aquatic plants. They do not resist drought.

Fertilize with mineral fertilizer every 20 days during the flowering period.

They do not need pruning. Dig up the tubers during the dormant period (winter).

They are fairly easy growing plants that do not usually present serious pest and disease problems if they do not suffer from drought.

They are propagated by division of the tubers in spring. Plant them 15 cm (5.9") deep in large pots.

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Zantedeschia aethiopica
Zantedeschia aethiopica
Zantedeschia aethiopica
Zantedeschia aethiopica