Calla 'Mercedes' is one of Elke's Faves this season...this is what she has to say:
Callas are easy to grow and their flowers are often used in bridal bouquets. They last long and look great. It’s as simple as that. This variety has gorgeous ‘summer sunset’ coloured blooms. I love the simplicity they offer and can already imagine the beautiful bouquets I’ll be making!
Think apricots. Think cantaloupe. Think tangerines! Now you have a picture of the ‘fruity’ colours of Mercedes. A visual treat in your garden.
Calla Lilies can be grown in sunny, sheltered borders or as an emergent under-water plant in shallow ponds or bogs. They also make excellent container plants that will bloom for weeks. We suggest planting them at least 12 in - 30 cm apart in rich soil with a liberal supply of humus. If planted outside, Calla lilies must be lifted before the danger of frost and stored frost-free in boxes covered with dry peat. You can also enjoy your Callas indoors in pots. Position them in a sunny spot but protect them against full sun at midday. Use a rich potting soil and water sparingly until growth starts.