How to Plant Calla Lilies in Containers

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Calla lilies are versatile flowers, as they can be grown both in containers and in the ground. Some would argue that the lilies actually grow better in containers, as the moisture levels can be better managed when in such an environment. Despite their striking and exotic looks, calla lilies are fairly easy to care for. They come from rhizomes, which are similar to bulbs and are planted into the soil. Calla lilies are often used in centerpieces and wedding bouquets.

Moderately Easy


things you’ll need:
  • Potting soil
  • Container
  • Fertilizer
    1. Pour potting soil into a container that is at least 6 inches in diameter. Fill the container about an inch away from the top. Use containers that have holes in the bottom to allow excess water to drain out.
    2. Place one rhizome about 1 or 2 inches deep into the soil. Cover the rhizome lightly with the soil. Pour water into the container until it begins to drain out of the bottom.
    3. Place the container in a location that receives morning sun and afternoon shade. Alternatively, the container can sit in an area that experiences filtered sun all day long.
    4. Fertilize the lily every other week once it germinates. Calla lilies typically begin to grow about eight to 10 weeks after planting occurs. Use a fertilizer with a 20-20-20 composition.
    5. Water the lily regularly to keep it moist. Give it water whenever the soil starts to look dry. Calla lilies generally require a good amount of water and keeping their soil moist will help them to grow and stay healthy.
    6. Move the container to a dark, cool area and stop watering your calla lily when it enters its dormancy period, which is usually around early summer. Faded foliage is a sign that your plant is entering dormancy. Begin watering the plant again in two to three months and set it back in its previous location. The rhizome should grow again and produce another calla lily.
    7. Inspect your calla lily regularly for pest infestations. Calla lilies are prone to experiencing issues with chewing insects, such as thrips and aphids, which can cause damage to the plant. If you detect the bugs, use a natural or chemical spray to eliminate them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some calla lilies do not grow their first flowers until two years after planting.

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