How to Care for a Calla Lily When Flowers Die

Attached is a photo of a plant that I received for my birthday….I don’t know what it is or how to care for it.



Hi Carolanne,

Your plant is called a Calla Lily.

How to grow and care for a Calla Lily plant

Indoors, Calla Lilies require at least six hours a day of very bright, indirect light. You should avoid putting the plant in the direct direct sun, especially during the middle of the day, since the intense light will burn the leaves and flowers. Calla Lilies like moist soil at all times. They are not drought resistant and should never be allowed to totally dry out. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Never allow the plant to sit in the excess water that drains out  for more than 15 minutes. Fertilize an indoor Calla Lily every two weeks when the plant is flowering with a liquid plant food low in nitrogen. When the plant is producing only leaves and no flowers, fertilize monthly. Always dilute the plant food to ½ the recommended strength. If your Calla Lily is planted outside, use a granular plant food instead of a liquid.

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

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.