How to cure calla lilies

Taking care of the calla lilies


The callais a plant that generates a beautiful fiore inverted cone native to Sub-Saharan Africa. They are perennial and with evergreen leaves.

Equipped with an oblong rhizome, they can measure up to 1 meter in height.
Usually the calla flowers are white in color but there is no shortage of variants, often smaller in size, of various shades.


How to care for calla lilies is quite easy as you will see, because they are very plants resistant and they fear few things.

The calle, they are also called Zantedeschie because the botanist Kurt Sprengel dedicated these flowers to the Italian botanist and friend, Giovanni Zantedeschi.

Calla meaning in the language of flowers


Already its name calla which derives from the Greek Pirate, that is, “beautiful”, it is all a program. In antiquity it was believed that the first calla was born from a drop of mother’s milk fallen to the goddess Era.

Calla white flower

Currently instead giving a calla has different meanings depending on the color:

  • calla bianca – pure and innocent love;
  • red calla – love;
  • pink calla: femininity;
  • purple calla: eternity.

In any case, giving a calla lily means having great esteem in the person who receives it.

How to cure calla lilies


These plants are lovers of gods moist soils and from here it is easy to understand how to best take care of them, since they are very well found in swampy soils.

Peat for callaPeat is very popular with calla lilies

All the calle are lovers of luce but not the direct sun which could burn the leaves. Mostly in estatebetter that they only take sun of morning.

These plants they fear very much also vento which could make them go limp, so it is good to find a sheltered place, both in pots and on the ground.

Calla cultivation in the ground


As a first step it is good to prepare the ground which will host the calle. Since these plants, as mentioned, love humidity very much, it will be necessary to enrich it with organic substances so that they can best hold her.

Calla loves humidity very much
I rhizome at this point they will be planted at a depth of about 10 cm, spaced about 50 cm.

Il spacing it’s a lot important because they are plants that tend to grow a lot and they also do it quickly.


Always to retain moisture is good mulch the soil around the plants so that it always remains moist, limiting evaporation.

Calla lily flower
In milder climates the best time to plant them is the primavera, so as to avoid late frosts. TO Northern Italy better to plant the calla lilies a end of April but above all, remove them from the ground in autumn and keep the rhizomes in a dark and dry place.

How to care for potted calla lilies


The calla also grows very well in pots like decorative plant from apartment. It is very important to choose a vase that is at least 25 cm deep.

The soil must be fertile by adding a little bit of bag so that moisture is best retained.

Calle damaged by the windCalla limp due to the wind

The rhizomes will be planted at least 3 cm away from the edge of the pot in order to simplify the abundant and frequent watering.

In the photo above you can see the due types of problems that could arise.
The first is to have planted the calla too close together. The second is that of not having sheltered the plant during a day of strong wind.

Il repotting it will be done at the end of August for the early flowering species or in February for the late flowering ones.

Every two years the calle will go travasate in a pot with new soil and larger in size.

Watering, fertilization and pruning of the calla lilies


When the calla has not yet spawned flowers it goes watered very little, just that minimum so that the soil remains moist.

In the period of flowering instead it will be necessary to water a lot, but be careful not to wet the flowers.


The fertilization it will be carried out as soon as the buds with del liquid fertilizer to add to water. The ideal product will have to have a high value from potassiumuseful for flowering, in addition to nitrogen e phosphorus.

Just over the floweringinstead, suspend completely fertilizing the calla.

Calla leaf ruined
The calla does not need pruning but will only have to be removed le yellowed leaves (photo above) which could be a vehicle for disease.

Pests of calla lilies


In general, the calla is a plant that fears very little i parasites but that doesn’t mean he can’t take them.

Calle of various colors
Here are some case studies with the relative solution:

  • Leaves with burnt parts: too much direct sun – move the plant
  • Spots under the leaves: probable cochineal infestation – eliminate the weeds with cotton soaked in alcohol or with water and Marseille soap
  • Leaves with yellow spots: probable infestation with red spider mite – proceed with acaricides
  • Small animals on the green parts of the calla: aphid infestation – use specific pesticides.

As mentioned, the calla turns out to be a very plant resistant and even when it is very damaged, once the parasites are eliminated it should recover without any problem.

Ideal products to treat calla lily


Il universal soil recommended for the cultivation of calla lily is that of Compoa company that also has the fertilizer perfect liquid.

Liquid fertilizer
As for the bagsu Amazon you can buy the product of the Vialca, very good and definitely cheap. Obviously all these products can also be purchased safely in any nursery.


To counteract the aphids instead the anti insect of the Alba Garden or neem oil from Garten Gluck turn out to be the not any more. The latter product can also be used to combat calla infestations red spider.


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