Calla lilies are beautiful flowers that are easy to grow and care for. They require little upkeep, but you'll need to assess your garden conditions often to keep them thriving through the years. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planting these beautiful flowers!
Calla lilies are native to tropical marshlands, so they like water. Be sure to water them regularly during hot summer months. When planting, make sure to add mulch to the area surrounding your plants to keep soil moist and prevent weeds. Feed your calla lilies fertilizer twice a month. You can use liquid fertilizer added to water or fertilizer mixed with compost in the soil. Be careful not to overdo it, however, and look for signs of overfed plants such as burnt leaf edges. The health of your plant depends on the sun and general soil conditions, so there may be differences based on where the plants are located in your garden.
In the right conditions, Calla lilies produce more bulbs which spread and take over an area. To prevent this, dig up extra bulbs and re-plant them somewhere else or give them away. Calla lilies in pots often require more watering than those growing in your yard, but avoid fertilizer unless the potting soil is exhausted. Replant your calla lily each year in fresh soil to prevent sickness. After flowering, move your plant to a dark area and stop watering, and resume watering after a few months.
In warm climates, the plants may flower all year. Once flowering stops, though, avoid watering plants to let them die back. If you live in a cooler climate, dig up your bulbs after the first frost. Let them dry for a few days and store in dark dry place ranging from 50 to 60 degrees Farenheit. When the soil warms up in the spring, plant, fertilize, and water the bulbs. For potted calla lilies, move plants indoors to a dry place away from heaters.