Pink Calla Lily Plant Care: Grow Zantedeschia rehmannii Indo (no leaves / no flowers)

Pink Calla Lily Plant Care: Grow Zantedeschia rehmannii Indo (no leaves / no flowers)

Benefits: Zantedeschia rehmannii Indo (the Zeds) are usually edible as well as highly fragrant.

Plant them in a place where there are plenty of dappled light sources and plenty of darkness with some deer deterrents. Light in a room or room light (without dappled light) and in an average sun; when possible. Look for Zeds that smell delicious and have citrusy or citrus-like scents or scents you wouldn’t mind being sprayed with.

There are about four zeds that we like best: Zeds x zantichia, Zeds x common jade, Zeds x limantia, and Zeds x pink speckle. We have found the sultry pink speckle to be far more preferred than the maroon.

Check with your local nursery to see which zeds they will sell for your locality and to pick up a seed packet or two.

Sun: If your local nursery has seed packets, ask them to order ahead of time so that you can get up to a 6-8 week head start of cultivation. The seed is dead weight; plant it up if that is how much time it takes to germinate.

Drought tolerant: If your location is usually humid during the summer, don’t expect your Zeds to come through all season. As long as there is not too much muck or rotten material in the soil, your Zeds should be able to come through. But it is entirely possible that in the heat of summer they will just bolt (bolt onto the third or fourth day of the growing season). If you are trying to grow a very thorny Zeds or if your local landscape company is growing Zeds and the landscaping does not require them to be mowed regularly, they may actually bolt over the summer. Hopefully, you have good winds, free water at all times, and do not get as heat and rainy as most people.

Dogs and deer (although they may not bother the long zeds): As mentioned previously, this is in the realm of guesswork. One approach is to choose a space where the squirrels or the dogs don’t have access. If the garden is far from the house, consider putting some deciduous plants at ground level as a buffer. (Your Shade Control may come in handy with some deciduous trees.) With solid deciduous trees and shrubs, they will be much less likely to knock over the zeds in the heat.

Extend these plants’ growing season if you can.

Avoid dense zeds: When the zeds are pretty dense it is a good idea to cut back on their growth and to replant where possible. Your garden is far too busy to have an anemic collection of zeds!

Warm (52+degrees F): This is important. We like to keep our zeds in bright locations and warm, humid conditions. But we don’t like the dark space that the cool conditions of northern California lead to. So what’s good for the junipers, trees, magnolias, and other cool-season plants is fine for the zeds.

Remember, the zeds not only taste good, they are useful because they smell good. It is also a good idea to use some pickling to add to the scent. Store in the fridge until you need it.

Doug Handman

(714) 966-9416

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