Growing Calla Lilies as Indoor Houseplants:
Calla Lilies are known for their beauty and visually striking appearance, as well as their resilient growing habits. They can be grown outdoors in the garden in warm weather areas, but you can also successfully grow them indoors. They are among the most popular indoor houseplants, as they do great in pots and are easy to care for. When they begin to flower they will grace you with beautiful, stunning blooms that will add a special touch of elegance to any room.
Calla lilies are actually part of the Arum family, also known as Araceae, and are native to South Africa and other African regions that share the same tropical climate.
The beautiful Calla Lily flowers come in an array of colors, from white to pink and burgundy reds or even a combination of these colors. In fact, some of the most impressive Callas are almost completely black. Black Calla Lilies are extremely rare, and are actually incredibly deep and dark shades of burgundy and purple. Calla leaves are heart-shaped or arrow-shaped, with curved edges and pointed tips.
As they are a tropical plant, you need to make sure that you're giving your plant the right conditions so it can thrive. For this reason, you should care for Calla Lily houseplants in a similar fashion as other indoor plants that require higher humidity levels. Water your Calla lilies regularly, but don't let the soil become soggy or waterlogged. You do not want to water your Callas too much, these flowers can be very sensitive to overwatering.
The plant can droop if there is too much moisture in case of overwatering, or poor drainage. If your plant is wilting but not drooping, you should be able to revive it with a little bit of water. Do not let your Calla Lily sit in water as the root may rot. Overwatering can cause it to die, as roots rot and foliage wilts and dies back.
The most important thing to remember with Calla Lily houseplants is that you need to keep them away from direct sunlight, since it can burn the leaves. They prefer cool room temperatures and high humidity, but they do well in indirect sunlight. Place them where they will receive bright indirect light or filtered sunlight most of the day. An east-facing window that receives morning sun is ideal. Callas prefer temperatures between 65 degrees Fahrenheit and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, so keep them away from heat sources like radiators or heat vents during winter months if possible.
Start using fertilizer as soon as you notice buds appearing, and continue fertilizing them regularly throughout the season. Use a low nitrogen fertilizer to encourage healthy and balanced flowering.
It's also important that you know when to transplant your Calla Lily. You can tell if a plant needs a transplant when it is growing too large for its pot. The roots will start to struggle for space and may grow out of the pot. You can also tell it is time to repot your plant if it has lost color in the foliage, and has started to flop over. This is often caused by too much water in the soil and can be corrected by moving the plant into richer soil.
If you're looking to brighten up your space, Calla Lilies may be the right choice for you. There's nothing else quite like them as a houseplant. If you want to shake things up in your own household, this is one of the easiest ways to do it. Simple, straightforward, and highly rewarding. And if you happen to be new to plant parenthood, Calla Lilies are an excellent introduction to this beautiful world of color. So start here, take your time, and enjoy every minute of it. Happy gardening!