Our flower for the month of November is the beautiful Calla Lily. They are perennials best for growing in the late summer and fall, and companion plants are the Dahlia (which we covered in the last Flower of the Month). They are easy to grow in containers and they have sword-like foliage. Because of their structure, they are not messy and make great vase plants. Calla Lillies come in many colors- yellow, orange, pink, dark maroon, and lavender. San Clemente Garden and Landscape’s top picks are the orange and lavender variety (pictured above). Calla Lily grows from rhizomes, natively growing in bogs and ponds. Interestingly, though the plant and flower are poisonous, the rhizome is edible. They are originally from Africa.
Growing the Calla Lily
Here is a brief overview of how to grow them: Calla Lillies require semi-aquatic environments and good drainage. Bright indirect light is ideal, and plant the rhizomes in February, 3-4 inches deep. The flowers will blossom about 8 weeks after planting and keep blossoming for several months. Remember to protect them from the winter frost — you can dig up the tubers and store them in a dry environment, around 55 F. Calla Lillies really spruce up your landscape! If you’d like to have these beautiful plants flattering your Orange County landscape either on your residential or commercial property, inquire about how you can plant them with San Clemente Garden and Landscaping.
Good News This Year for Landscapers
According to the 2017 State of the Industry report for landscapers, this year landscapers around the nation are optimistic that their company will see an increased growth. In 2017, the median revenue for landscaping is $291,000, which is up from $217,000 in 2014 (more than 30% growth!) Landscape maintenance remains the most popular service and most profitable–San Clemente Garden and Landscaping specializes in this specific service.
Concerns About the Industry
The one main concern that faces most landscapers is the lack of quality labor. Forty-five percent of those surveyed expressed that they were very concerned with hiring. These days there is a rising cost of attracting and retaining high quality workers. Seventy-seven percent of responders believe that a lack of good employees hinders their company’s growth. With rising wages and healthcare, this can definitely put a strain on landscapers as they compete for the best workers.
Our views on the Issue
Your local landscapers, San Clemente Garden and Landscaping, faces all these issues as well, but we are optimistic for the growth of landscaping in California. We are quick to adapt to current events, such as California’s drought affecting lawn care, and we will continue upholding the high standards regarding your landscape. Call us now at 949-528-4307 to ask about our specialized services!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: San Clemente Garden and Landscaping is doing a blog series on flowers of the month. Every month, we will take one of our favorite flowers and do a special feature on it, briefly describing its features, history, cultivation, and fun facts.
The Dahlia is a flowering plant native to Mexico and comes in virtually every hue. It was the national flower of Mexico in 1963 and used to be a food crop for the Aztecs. When the Spanish arrived, this practice died out and was unsuccessfully introduced as food to the Europeans.
This beautiful flower is quite hardy and perfect for growing in your San Clemente garden. It likes to grow in climates with little to no frost and is not adapted to withstand sub-zero temperatures. It is recommended to plant them in areas above USDA hardiness zone 8. Of course, if you live in areas below zone 8 (temperatures get much colder in the winter), it is advised that you bury the tubers 10-15 cm deep to protect them during the winter frost. However, as San Clemente is located in the USDA hardiness zone 10a and 10b, this is a perfect climate for your dahlia plant. The average lowest temperature of San Clemente is 30 F, and so your plant will not be in danger of freezing.
Growing the Dahlia
1) Wait until the ground temperature is around 60F, which is usually late spring
2) Choose a location with plenty of sunlight and protection from wind.
3) Dahlias love loose, well drained soil, and like to be planted 9-12 inches apart from each other
4) Dig a hole half a foot deep and put the tuber with the growing points facing up
5)If you have selected tall cultivars, make sure you also place stakes around the plant and tie the stems to them as they grow
-Do not water the tubers immediately after planting them, as it may rot. Rather, water them when the sprouts appear above ground
-Do not mulch the plants, as this encourages slugs which are their biggest pests.
-Do not buy tubers that are wrinkled or rotten. Green growth or pink buds are good signs. Do not cut the tubers
Dahlia’s biggest enemies are snails and slugs, as well as aphids and earwigs. Use snail bait and natural aphid repellents like ladybugs.
Fun fact: in the language of flowers, Dahlia represents dignity and stability
Ask San Clemente Garden and Landscaping to plant these simple, yet beautiful flowers in your garden today! We are passionate about all types of plants and can make recommendations on what other flowers and plants to pair with your Dahlias!