Plant Care Wild Calla

Wild Calla

About Wild Calla

Wild Calla is a small, rhizomatous, aquatic perennial with heart-shaped leaves and showy flowers and fruits during the summer. Colonies are frequently found in shallow waters of bogs, rivers, lakes, ponds, or swamps. The plant is native to Alaska, Canada, the northern United States, northern Europe, and northern Asia.


Calla palustris

Also known as

Bog arum, Bog arum, Water arum, Calla, Marsh calla, Wild calla, Squaw claw and Water-arum

How to care for Wild Calla


How often to water your Wild Calla

Water needs for Wild Calla
0.5 cups
every 9

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

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 Wild Calla

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Wild Calla in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

36% Very Low

Growing Wild Calla in Minneapolis right now

Light needs for plant Wild Calla in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 4th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Minneapolis is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in …

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Light needs for plant Wild Calla in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 32% ☀️

December 5th, 2021

Minneapolis is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Minneapolis is expected to decrease by 32% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.4 megajoules of energy per m…

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Light needs for plant Wild Calla in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Daylight will decrease by 1.2 hours 📉

December 5th, 2021

This month, Minneapolis is getting an average of 8.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 12% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.6 total hours of da…

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Finding light for Bog arum in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Wild Calla: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Wild Calla may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Minneapolis, Minnesota ⛅.


How to fertilize Wild Calla

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Wild Calla: 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 Wild Calla after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Wild Calla

Nutrient needs for plant Wild Calla in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 3rd, 2021

The growing potential in Minneapolis is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best…

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Difficulty Level

Wild Calla is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Wild Calla

Wild Calla

Wild Calla

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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