The Q&A Archives: My pink calla lily flowers are growing downward?

Question: I have a pink calla lily, I bought from home depot 3 weeks ago. I live in La Mirada, CA (Zone 10) and the city is on top of clay, but I have mixed things into the soil. The lily gets direct sun from 12:30-1 to the end of the day. My flowers are growing downward towards the ground. I water every 2-3 days. What might be the problem?

Will planting the lily in a container be better or should I move to other part of the garden? We have a 30x3 garden that has a east to west sun exposure. The eastern portion of the garden gets sun from 8-10am and from 4-7pm, the middle portion where the lily is gets sun from 7-9am and 12to sundown and the western portion gets 7-9am and 1-4. The reason for the blockage of sun is trees that cannot be moved.

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I would love to know what is the best option for the lily.

Thank you,


Answer: Calla lilies will grow in full sun to part afternoon shade, providing the soil is moist yet well-draining. I wonder if the planting site is next to a sidewalk or building where excessive heat can be radiated back into the planting bed? Overly warm conditions could make the flowers droop. If the calla is planted in such a site, I'd suggest moving it to a site that gets morning sunshine and afternoon shade. If you decide to move your pink calla, be sure to incorporate lots of organic matter into the soil prior to planting to help hold moisture yet drain well. When you water your calla, apply water slowly so it has a chance to trickle down and wet the entire root mass. Hope this information helps!

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