Calla Lily

October 14, 2021 0 Comments

For such a spectacular bloom, calla lily care is surprisingly quick and easy! So if you’re looking to do a little indoor gardening this year, add this beauty to your list of fantastic indoor plant options. 

The Calla Lily: A Brief History 

Calla lilies originate from Africa. In particular, South Africa and Swaziland. 

This flower is used most often in Easter celebrations as many believe it symbolizes resurrection and rebirthWhen it comes to color, you’ve got lots of options! Calla lilies come in lavender, pink, yellow, rose, orange, dark maroon, and white. Of course, different calla lily colors are said to represent different emotions like passion (purple) or gratitude (yellow).

Regardless of its history and symbolism, one thing remains true. The calla lily’s trumpet-like blossom makes for a stunning indoor display. 

Calla Lily Care

Calla lilies are beautiful. To keep them growing healthy and strong indoors, you’re going to need to know what to avoid, some common problems, and other related planting tips. 

Here’s a complete guide to calla lily care. 

What to Avoid

When it comes to indoor gardening, there are a few things you need to know about the calla lily. 

First, don’t overwater your calla lilies. Too much water can cause root rot. Root rot occurs when a plant’s roots don’t get enough oxygen. The roots drown in the excess water. Calla lilies do well in moist soil, but you need to ensure the plant receives plenty of drainage. 

Second, watch how much fertilizer you give to your calla lilies. The general rule of thumb is to stop using fertilizer once the calla lily blossoms. If you over-fertilize this plant, the tips of the leaves will turn brown. 

Last, but not least, plant a calla lily bulb, not a seed. It’s difficult to get a calla lily seed to grow as it requires specific conditions. Therefore, the easiest way to have this flower bloom indoors is to start by planting a bulb. 

Common Problems

Like most plants and flowers, you need to keep an eye out for some common problems with calla lilies. Common problems include, soft rot, crown rot, and spotted wilt. 

Soft Rot:

This problem is a bacterial disease that affects calla lilies. Soft rot attacks the calla lily’s rhizome if the environment they’re grown in is too wet or moist. To avoid this problem, plant your calla lily in a container, pot, or kokedama with good drainage. 

Crown Rot:

If the soil around your calla lily is too moist or wet, a fungus can grow in the soil. This fungus attacks the plant’s root system. There isn’t much you can do to save your calla lily if crown rot sets into the soil. This is why it’s important not to overwater your calla lilies. 

Spotted Wilt:

A virus that is common to calla lilies is spotted wilt. You can tell your calla lily has spotted wilt if you notice white or yellow spots on the stalks. To combat the virus, immediately remove and discard the affected flowers. This will prevent its spread. 

Create a Calla Lily Kokedama

Calla lily care requires careful attention to watering and drainage. Overwatering a calla lily can harm the plant. This is why planting a calla lily in a kokedama is a wonderful idea. A kokedama is a plant that grows from a ball of moss. You can hang a kokedama indoors, or let it sit in a decorative dish. Either way, planting a calla lily in a kokedama allows for drainage. 

All you need to do is soak the kokedama once it’s completely dry. Simply let the excess water drain in a sink before returning the plant to its dish or hook. Planting a calla lily in a kokedama creates a wonderful and unique display for your home or indoor office. So if you’re searching for a great indoor plant, look no further! The stunning calla lily is the right choice. 

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