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Zantedeschia albomaculata (Arum/Calla Lily) seeds

Zantedeschia albomaculata (Arum/Calla Lily) seeds

£2.25

Arum, or Calla lilies as they are often known, are lovely exotic-looking plants which are very easy to grow from seed, require little maintenance and do very well in pots. Some species are hardy and others can easily be lifted from the border or moved in pots to a frost-free place for winter. They also make great indoor plants, especially in a sunny conservatory.

Zantedeschia albomaculata is an elegant species with creamy-white flowers on tall stems above lush, white-spotted, green foliage.  Native to Africa, this species differs from its more well known relative, Zantedeschia aethiopica, in that it must be grown in well-drained soil and does not tolerate the combination of winter wet and cold in the UK.  This makes it ideal for container growing or as summer bedding, lifted and dried after flowering. Also makes a beautiful houseplant and the long lasting flowers are great for cutting. 

Half Hardy Perennial (to 0C) 
Flowers: Summer
Height: 60cm, Spread: 60cm
Position: Full sun or light shade in very well drained soil 

Packet of 10 seeds

Caution: Harmful if eaten

 


GROWING GUIDE

Pre-Sowing Instructions: Soak the seeds for 24 hours in water that starts off hand hot.

Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow very thinly on the surface of a  moist seed compost mixed 50:50 with vermiculite or perlite. Cover the seed very lightly with sieved compost or vermiculite/perlite but do not exclude light completely as it is beneficial to germination. Seal inside a polythene bag or place in a propagator and maintain at 20-25C. Germination takes 1-3 months and can be erratic hence the need to sow the seeds as thinly as possible. Check the container regularly to make sure the compost does not dry out.

Growing Instructions: When seedlings are large enough to handle, remove them carefully from the container and pot up individually into 9-11cm pots. Grow on in cooler conditions in good, natural light, but avoid direct sunlight. In late spring, after all risk of frost has passed, gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions, before planting out in sun or semi-shade. Move containerized plants to a frost free place for winter or lift tubers, allow them to dry and store in a frost free place.

Caution: Harmful if eaten.


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