How to Care for a Calla Lily When Flowers Die

attached are two photos of plant that I received for my birthday 8 weeks ago, attached are also photos of the plant today….I don’t know what it is or how to care for it and I think I’m killing it….the flowers are long since gone and the leaves are slowly dying….help!

Hi Carolanne,

Yellow calla Lily Plant

Calla Lily Plant

Your plant is called a Calla Lily. Your can read all of my care tips for this plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

Calla Lily, a bulb plant, becomes dormant once a year. After the plant has finished blooming, the leaves turn yellow and then brown. Once this occurs, prune the plant down to the soil and put it in a cool dark area where the temperature is above freezing but no higher than 50 degrees for 2-3 months. Keep the soil very dry, watering sparingly every few weeks to prevent the bulbs from drying out. The area where the plant is stored should be low in humidity otherwise the bulbs get moldy and rot. After two or three months, return your Calla Lily to a bright warm spot and start watering. Once green leaves develop, feed with a fertilizer specifically for bulbs at ½ the recommended strength to encourage the new growth. The plant should start to bloom again in 6-8 weeks.

You can also plants the bulbs outside in your garden in the spring when the weather warms up. They will bloom every year as long as you protect the bulbs from severe winter cold.

These plants are poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants