Plant Care Calla Lily

Calla Lily

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Calla Lily has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Calla Lily has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Calla Lily

The calla lily is a popular, elegant plant and not actually a lily at all! In fact, they’re more closely related to other houseplants like pothos and Monstera than actual lilies. The ‘flowers’ are also not flowers, but specialized leaves that protect the tiny blossoms on the stalk in the center. Their ‘flowers’ may last as long as two months and they will continue to rebloom over time in the right conditions.

Taxonomy

Zantedeschia aethiopica
Zantedeschia
Araceae
Alismatales

How to care for Calla Lily

💦 Water

How often to water your Calla Lily

Water needs for Calla Lily
0.5 cups
every 9

Calla Lily needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Calla Lily

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Calla Lily in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Calla Lily: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Calla Lily love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Calla Lily does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Calla Lily in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Calla Lily

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Calla Lily: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Calla Lily after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Calla Lily is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Calla Lily →

Common Calla Lily Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Calla Lily prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calla Lily Water Frequency →

Calla Lily Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Calla Lily requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Calla Lily Light Requirements →

Calla Lily Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Calla Lily is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Calla Lily prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Calla Lily Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Calla Lily is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

Best Soil Mix for Calla Lily →

When and How to Successfully Repot Calla Lily →


💩 Fertilizer

Calla Lily should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Calla Lily is native to southern Africa.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Calla Lily bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Calla Lily is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Calla Lily →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Calla Lily can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Calla Lily Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Calla Lily can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Calla Lily, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Calla Lily

Calla Lily

Calla Lily


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Calla Lily has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 18
Calla Lily has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 17
Calla Lily has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 13
Calla Lily has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 13
Calla Lily has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 8
Calla Lily has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
@SpootyEh avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Hamilton, Waikato
12/11/2021

This beauty re-seeds every year and grows beautifully. I never have to worry about it. When it dies off for the winter I just make sure to keep weeds out of it so it has a chance to grow again in spring

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 45 Plants
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globe Withcott, Queensland
11/22/2021

Beautiful flower. Waiting on the next bloom

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@tessasplants avatar
@@tessasplants
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 728 XP
10/10/2021

Beautiful flowers

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@AnutiPop avatar
@@AnutiPop
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Toronto, Ontario
07/30/2021

Just give a lot of love and she’ll be doing the rest ... it looks so cute with their beautiful shape 😍🥰

Survivor Survivor
Rikke avatar
@Rikke
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 208 XP
globe Kongens Lyngby, Capital Region of Denmark
06/29/2021

It’s a hard beginner plant

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Lancashire, England
05/30/2021

i don’t really know if mine needs a bigger plant pot or not

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
@shxndeigh avatar
@@shxndeigh
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 169 XP
04/20/2021

so easy to take care of! i just water when it’s completely dry & it has given me 3 flowers ever since i bought it!

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