How to Care for a Calla Lily When the Flowers Die

Bought my Calla Lily this spring in bloom. She is wilting and leaves are turned in and curled. What’s wrong? Thanks Jan



Hi Jan,

Pink Calla Lily Plant
Calla Lily Plant


A Calla Lily, is a bulb plant, and becomes dormant once a year. After the plant has finished blooming, the leaves of a Calla Lily 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°F (10°C) 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. These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children.

You can read all my care tipster a Calla Lily in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.