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Mar 8, 2017 5:09 PM CST
|My mom was gifted a plant from her sister a few months ago and she has no idea what kind of plant it is or how to care for it. She gets upset about her inability to care for plants, so I'm gonna try and fix that. The problem is, I know nothing about houseplants either. Can someone knowledgeable on here help me out with identifying this one and telling me how to care for it? I've worked a bit with outdoor plants so I know that the yellowing/dead leaves are a bad sign. Is it beyond saving?
Thanks in advance!
Mar 8, 2017 6:02 PM CST
Your plant looks like maybe a Calla Lily, Callas (Zantedeschia)
Yellowing, dying leaves can be caused by too much water as well as too little water. Does the container the plant is in have drainage holes? I'm wondering if perhaps it's being kept too wet.
Hopefully someone who grows beautiful Calla Lilies (https://garden.org/plants/sear...) will be along soon with advice.
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Mar 10, 2017 6:50 AM CST
|ditto to Calla. sorry I don't know if these are a good long term potted plant. They're sold as blooming plants, for the flowers.
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Mar 12, 2017 3:18 PM CST
|Unfortunately, Calla Lilies are usually discarded after blooming because they do not hold up well indoors. They are very fussy about light and water. Keep yours close to a north or east window and water when the top inch of soil is dry. Don't repot or fertilize it. Keep your expectations low and don't blame yourself if it doesn't respond.
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Mar 12, 2017 5:03 PM CST
|Are you located in a warm zone where the bulbs can be planted outdoors (after it warms up)? That may be a way to save them. Please fill in your location under Profile, so that we can better assist you/your Mom. BTW,|
Mar 13, 2017 8:35 AM CST
|Callas are bulbs that behave seasonally, going dormant for part of the year.
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