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Calla Lily Care

The graceful Calla Lily is a living bouquet with charming, bell-shaped flowers providing a stunning springtime centerpiece. Also popular in outdoor gardens and as a cut flower, the Calla Lily makes for a thoughtful gift.

How to care for your Calla Lily

Use these instructions to care for a Calla Lily. This guide will tell you how to water a Calla Lily; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

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Your Calla Lily prefers bright indirect light. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, which can burn the leaves. If you aren’t sure you have enough light indoors, try using a grow light.


Water when 50% of the soil volume is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.


This plant does best with added humidity. Place a humidifier nearby, group with other plants, or use a pebble tray.


Your Calla Lily prefers temperatures between 60-80°F.


Feed every month in the spring and summer with an all-purpose fertilizer for indoor plants. Dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength, and be sure to only apply fertilizer to damp soil.


This plant is considered toxic to pets and humans if ingested.


Prune spent flowers as they appear. If you notice your Calla hasn’t rebloomed during the growing season, it may need more light. Give your Calla a six-week rest during the winter. Lower temperatures, reduced light, and drier soil during this time will encourage dormancy, ultimately helping your plant produce more flowers in the spring and summer.

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What's a Calla Lily?

Botanical Classification: Zantedeschia aethiopica


The ever-charming Calla Lily features bell-shaped, colorful flowers that stand above bright green stems. The Calla Lily is native to southern Africa. They thrive in a warm, bright spot that’s out of the way of direct light. Feel free to move the plant outdoors once it is warmer to encourage reblooming.

Fun Fact

The Calla Lily is not a true lily, though they share similar characteristics. Their flowers will last throughout the spring, around 6-8 weeks, and will rebloom again after a mild dormancy.

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