These perennial bulbs require some special care to produce exquisite late spring flowers. This guide is about growing calla lilies.
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Here are questions related to Growing Calla Lilies.
We recently got a calla lily and it has small droplets on the end of it's leaves. What are they?
By Stan D.
In your Calla Lily water is absorbed through the roots and travels up through the plant. Most of the water taken up like this is 'lost' to evaporation. What water is left behind for the plant to use is for tissue growth, etc. The evaporation action works like a pumping station which pulls water (and fertilizer and anything else dissolved in the water) up through the plant. This is how plant tissues function. When a plant grows in very wet conditions, or is watered generously, it absorbs moisture and builds up pressure inside the cell walls. Holes in the leaves are forced open and water may drip giving the appearance that the lily is 'crying'.
I have calla lilies growing outside; what makes the leaves turn yellow?
Hardiness Zone: 8a
By Myra from Birmingham, AL
I would like information on growing a calla lily from a seed pod.
Hardiness Zone: 5a
By Margie from South Bend, IN
Where I am going to try to plant my calla lily is facing west and gets afternoon sun, but gets morning shade. Is that alright for them?
Hardiness Zone: 9a
By Nancy from Citrus Heights, CA
By joan pecsek 04/01/2011
That should be fine. Callas are the only lilies that will grow in shade.
Why do the flowers droop over? Do they need to be cut?
Do calla lily bulbs need to be dug up in the winter?
Hardiness Zone: 7b
By Chelle from Savannah, TN
They make it through Dallas Ft. Worth in Texas.
We have a lot of calla lilies, but few actually flower. What's up with that!
I would like to purchase a calla lily plant for outdoors. I live in zone 6 and do NOT want to have to bring the plant in during the winter. Is there a calla lily plant for my zone that can be left outdoors? How would I protect it from the elements? Thank you.
By eileen 09/05/2008
I live in Northern CA, and we get frost, I have the small calla lilys out in my yard, and they never die!
Just don't plant in the yard, keep in a planter and it won't take over!
The Calla Lilies are in full bloom. Mock Orange and white rugosas are perfuming the yard. After a rain it is particularly fragrant around here. These Calla Lilies seem to thrive in moist, rich soil and full sun. They almost look like a sculpture, inspiration for a glass blower.
Dineen from the Pacific Northwest
Here is another one of my Nana's lilies (we both enjoy lilies). This is a calla lily she just tried her hand at planting this year and they seem to be responding well. These too are in full sun, all day, and the soil is very sandy as well. She surround many of her plants with pine straw and it doesn't seem to harm them in any way.
By HICKCHIC3 from North Augusta, SC
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My father bought me a potted Calla Lilly plant. It had holes in all it's leaves, even the new ones just coming out. Since then, at the base of the stems just above the bulbs/dirt they turn to mush and fall off.
I water it the way I was told to water it and keep it warm and make sure it gets the right amount of sun, but still it seems to be dying. Is there something to do to save it? It is a wedding gift from my dad and I would sure like for it not to die.
Hardiness Zone: 5a
By gecko_20002000 from Howell, MI
I bought a Calla Lily plant a few weeks ago. It's getting yellow and drying up on me. I've kept it indoors, and have been watering it maybe every other day. Should I cut off the stems and leaves now and let the plant regrow on its own? Or should I replant the bulbs with new soil and fertilizer?
Hardiness Zone: 9a
By scissors from San Jose, CA
I have some calla lilies that have some kind of pod inside the flower. I was wondering I can plant those and get more flowers from them? I am new to this and have no idea what to do and my flowers are all full of pods. Please help. I want to grow more especially since those were the ones we used at our daughter's wedding. Any suggestions will be welcome. Thank you.