The Q&A Archives: Care Of Calla Lilies

Question: I moved into an existing home in Salida, CA. The owners have beautiful Calla Lily out in front, they are flowering. However I have never dealt with this kind of plant and have no idea how to care for it. How much water? Plant food? ect. Please send as much info as possible.

Answer: Calla lilies should perform well in your California garden, especially if they're planted in a shady bed (morning sun is okay, but afternoon shade is a must), in rich, moist soil. Calla's thrive on heavy watering so soak the soil every few days to keep it moist. Don't cut the foliage back, but let it yellow on its own. Callas go into a dormant period after blooming so if you water less frequently beginning late summer, the foliage will die back and the roots can rest. New shoots will develop from the crowns of the plants when they've finished resting.

The easiest way to feed your calla's is to mulch the plants with 1"-2" of aged-compost. As the organic matter decomposes, it will provide nutrients to your plants.

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