How and when to buy Zantedeschia (Calla lily)

As the winter deepens many of us start to think towards spring and with that the opportunity to plant summer flowering bulbs.

A rhizome is just a swollen root that acts a bit like a bulb. Zantedeschia rhizomes can be planted at almost any time of year, however, certain conditions need to be met to ensure they actually grow. For full Zantedeschia growing instructions please see our tips page. With the growing conditions in mind this limits most gardeners to planting in April and May. One of our show size Zantedeschia rhizomes will flower that same summer if planted in April and May and cared for properly. The Zantedeschia (Calla lily) rhizomes are available to purchase in our online shop throughout the year but we only dispatch them in April and May to ensure optimum growing conditions can be achieved. We always send out a full set of growing instructions with your order.

You will also find us selling Zantedeschia rhizomes at Cardiff Flower Show and Harrogate Spring Flower show alongside our display of flowering Tulips. The Malvern Spring Flower Show in May is the first time we have flowering plants ready for you to buy. We grow around 7000 Zantedeschia plants at our nursery in Preston every year. These are grown from the same Zantedeschia rhizomes that we sell for you to grow yourself. We will have Zantedeschia rhizomes for sale at Malvern Spring Flower Show.

We will also have Zantedeschia (Calla lily) rhizomes for sale at Chelsea Flower Show. Chelsea is the show where we try and exhibit as many varieties as possible, so it is the place to be if you want to see some of the new varieties that will be available the following year. Zantedeschia Memories was released at Chelsea in 2014 and has become a very popular variety with its jet black flowers and dark coloured leaves. Zantedeschia Red Charm was on show in 2015 and we hope to have rhizomes for sale in 2016 at Chelsea Flower Show.

All the flower shows where we exhibit Zantedeschia at can be found in our events calendar, where it also details what we will have for sale.