Calla Lillies - Knowledgebase Question

Fond Du Lac, WI
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Question by amauch
July 10, 2000
I purchased 6 of your Calla Lilies and have a question. Do we have to cut off the spent flowers or leaves, or do we just let them die off by themselves. I looked through you q&a and saw your answers about end of the year yellowing, but not during the growth period. Thanks

Answer from NGA
July 10, 2000
You can cut the spent flowers and stems from the plants if you'd like, to keep the plants looking neat. The leaves will begin to yellow when flowering is finished and it's best to allow the leaves to remain until they wither and die down on their own. They're helping store energy in the roots for next year's growth and bloom. Reduce watering after flowering to allow the plants to rest and go into dormancy. When the leaves die down you can lift the rhizomes and cut away the dead leaves. Store the rhizomes in dry sawdust at 40F-50F. When new shoots appear you can replant, setting them about 2" deep

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