Watering A Calla Lily - Knowledgebase Question

Fort Walton Beach, FL
Question by mchenevert
January 15, 2000
I got a Calla Lily as a gift and it's inside the house. How often should I water it?


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Answer from NGA
January 15, 2000

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The Calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is originally from South Africa. They don't like cold winter weather, so even though you're in Florida, keep it in a warm spot in the house during its bloom period. They also need a dry dormant period every year.

As a potted plant, the rhizomes are usually started into growth during the fall to force blooms during the winter. While they are blooming, the Calla lily requires regular watering. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.

After blooming, when the leaves begin to yellow, the plants should be rested by gradually reducing water, allowing them to dry out.

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