When you think of lilies, the Calla Lily is one of the first that comes to mind. This is significant since they aren’t really lilies at all. They were catalogued incorrectly at first and the name just seemed to remain regardless of their re-classification. They are popular in a number of different arrangements for various occasions including wedding flowers. Brides have been known to include one or more Calla Lilies in their bridal bouquet. It symbolizes magnificent beauty and every bride wants to be the beautiful focal point on her special day.
Calla Lilies are native to South Africa and have also been known to thrive in places such as Madagascar. As with most living things, just because they are native to a certain part of the world does not mean that they can’t flourish elsewhere. In the case of the Calla Lily, they are really easy to grow just as long as your location provides the right weather conditions. Take into consideration the weather conditions of South Africa. Snow only falls on the mountains and frosty conditions occur in the deeper valleys. However, in general, South Africa enjoys a hot summer and a moderately chilly winter. Temperatures usually don’t drop too low especially in the coastal towns like Cape Town and Durban.
So, if you live in an area where it snows or heavy frost occurs, your Calla Lilies will be grown as annuals. If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where winter conditions are much like that in South Africa and Madagascar, then you will be able to plant the Calla Lily as a perennial and see it bloom year after year.
Calla Lilies make excellent cut flowers and they can last between four days and two weeks as cut flowers. Of course, if they only last four days then it really means that they have not been cared for properly. Every cut flower should be cared for according to the advice of a professional or florist. The better care you take of your cut flowers, the longer they will last and there is no reason for your cut Calla Lilies to perish after just a few days. They have strong stems and the flowers are nice and firm. They will not wilt like tulips and their thick stem should also allow for more than enough absorbtion of water and nutrients.
When displaying one or a bouquet of Calla Lilies, you would really only do the flower justice by placing it in a nice, tall vase. The flower only blooms on top of a very long stem so, take advantage of this and create a lovely long-stemmed arrangement. If you cut the stems too short, it will also appear out of proportion. The flowers are quite large and would look best with a longer stem. The vase should also be simple, just like the flowers and tall enough to support the stems.