INFO ON CALLA LILLIES - Knowledgebase Question

kalamazoo, MI
Question by dfgquilter
May 28, 2010
I bought a calla lilly in bloom. The blooms are done now.
Should I cut them off? Should I cut them off at the BOTTOM of the stem?
Does cutting them off stimulate new blossoms?
Or, do they only bloom once a summer?

Also, if I transplant a YUCCA plant, what should I put into the soil?
Thanks a lot! Dorian

Answer from NGA
May 28, 2010


You can cut off the spent flowers and new ones will develop. When I cut off the flowering stem, I like to go way down the stem into the leaves so none of the stalk is left sticking up.

Yucca plants like fast draining soil so don't add any compost or other organic matter. If you have sandy or gravelly soil, it will drain well enough for your yucca. If not, consider planting your yucca on a slight mound so the roots are a little higher than they would be if planted at your regular soil level.

Best wishes with your landscape.

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