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Le Calle as an apartment

The common name calla indicates some species of rhizomatous plants, originating in central and southern Africa, very common in cultivation; the botanical name is zantedeschia, and the most widespread species is aetiopian zantedeschia, a medium-large plant, with long leaves and inflorescences that can reach one meter in height, with showy white bracts. The white calla lilies they are commonly grown in the garden, in a sheltered, bright but semi-shaded place, and bloom in the late spring and summer months.

In the nursery we find other species of zantedeschia, some also hybrid, of a smaller size with brightly and variously colored bracts; these calla lilies are often cultivated as houseplants, so that you can enjoy the flowers already from January or February, until late spring. Often these are hybrids of the zantedeschia remannii species, a fairly rustic and resistant species, which, however, fears the frost, and therefore cannot be grown in the garden, except in regions with a very mild winter climate.


Grow calla lilies

The calla lilies are widespread as potted plants, to be grown at home or on the terrace, as although they require little care, it is possible to obtain more blooms from the same rhizome, always better from year to year. They are grown in capacious pots, with a good rich and soft soil, so that the large rhizomes can easily develop a good root system; generally the hybrid calla lilies tend to develop at their best in not excessively large containers, it is in any case good to avoid putting an excessive number of rhizomes in the same pot, all packed together. To grow the colorful calla lilies usually a couple of rhizomes are placed in a vase in a 25 diameter pot, choosing two rhizomes of the same variety we will have a fuller and richer effect. In nature the zantedeschie are plants that develop in fairly humid areas, to cultivate them at best we will have to try to imitate this type of climate, keeping the soil always slightly wet, but not soaked with water, waiting for it to dry a little before watering again . Unfortunately, it is not possible to indicate an iron rule for watering the calla lilies, as the external or home climate greatly influences the water needs of the plants; therefore we will have to arm ourselves with patience and dip our fingers in the soil, which must always be fresh and damp, but not soaked. The watering must be quite regular from February to March, that is from when the rhizomes begin to sprout, until the foliage begins to turn yellow, in summer.

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