Potted Calla lily care
I received a potted Calla lily as a gift and don’t know anything about it. I would like some information on how to care for it.
Potted Calla lilies will usually bloom for 4-6 weeks. They grow well in bright filtered light in the winter months and partial shade in the summer and prefer temperatures of 70-85F in summer and 60-75F in the winter/spring. Cooler temperatures will help keep the plant and flowers longer.
Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Wet soil can lead to a fungus rot that affects the roots and rhizome. It is important to allow the water to drain from the bottom of the pot. During active growth and blooming feed your Calla every 2-3 weeks with a well-balanced fertilizer.
After bloom care
When the plant stops blooming and the leaves start to yellow and die back, reduce watering and let the soil dry. Clip off all brown foliage and store the tubers in a cool (45-50F) dry area for a resting period of 2-3 months and as long as 8-10 months. This period is important for tuber renewal.
Calla tubers/bulbs can also be stored in paper bag or cardboard box in slightly moistened peat, perlite or vermiculite. In late winter/spring, replant the tuber in pots of fresh, well-drained soil mix. Colored callas planted in the spring will bloom in summer and then go dormant in the fall.
If you live in zone 7-10, Calla lily can also be planted anytime outdoors and left year round. Space the tubers 1-1 1/2 feet appart so they have room to spread.
In zone 7-8, provide additional mulch in the winter for added protection.
In cooler climates, calla lilies should be dug up before the first frost or after the foliage withers.
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