Preparing to Receive your Calla
If you've never handled Mini or standard Calla Lilies
before... here's a few very valuable tips to help you get prepared to
receive and condition your Calla Lilies.
- Before the Calla Lilies arrive we recommend that you clean your vases or
buckets with a few drops of bleach and hot soapy water. Regular dish
soap is fine. Thoroughly rinse your containers with fresh water after
- When you receive your Calla Lilies... carefully unpack the
flowers immediately. Some of the Calla Lilies may appear limp. This is quite
normal. Calla Lily flowers will require re-hydration to insure the
longest vase life. Most Calla Lily flowers are harvested with the flowers
fully open... they do not require any additional time to open.
- Fill your pre-cleaned vases or buckets with lukewarm water to which
you have added floral preservative.
- Take your Calla Lilies and your vases to a cool room that does
not receive any strong sun light. Optimum temperature is 65 to 72
degrees. If you have a draft free cool basement... this is a great place to hydrate
your Calla Lilies.
Hydration is the key
to long Calla Lily vase life
- With a sharp knife cut carefully cut 1/4" from the bottom of the stems.
They say its best to cut Calla Lily stems underwater... but in my experience
I don't feel it makes any difference. Cutting the stems at an angle provides more surface
area for the stems to "drink" water. Try not to touch the
Calla Lilies flowers. Handle your Calla Lilies by the stems only.
- Immediately after cutting... loosely place the Calla Lily flowers in
the vases or buckets you prepared earlier. Don't over-crowd your Calla
Lilies. Give them plenty of room to "breath".
- Your Calla Lilies will need to drink for approximately six to eight
hours to fully hydrate.
- If after the hydration period you have a Calla Lily flower or two that
still appears limp... just re-cut the stem again, this time remove
1" and start the hydration
process over again.
- After the hydration process has been completed your Calla Lilies will
be ready for vase arrangements or hand tied into bridal bouquets.
Choosing a Wedding Florist
What's the difference between Standard Calla Lilies
& Mini Calla Lilies?
Mini Calla Lilies Color Selections and Seasonal Availability
Lily Availability: June thru September
Calla Lily Availability: October thru May
Mini Calla Lily and Standard Calla Lily Care Tips