Flower Gardening

Do calla lillies do best in sun or shade and do they need special food?

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2014-09-02 18:37:55

Calla lilies need full sun for most of the day.

Additionally, in order for Calla Lilies to perform better there

are a couple more steps or precautions you should know.

1. Place where they are sheltered from prevailing winds.

2. Calla Lilies like a warm top and a cool bottom, therefore

find a place where the lower portion if in a pot is shaded, same

with planting in a garden. I have mine beside my well house on the

northeast corner so the roof of the well house provides shade for

only the ground under the plant, its perfect. The bulb of your

plant should not reach much beyond 77 degrees, or you will risk the

plant going into stress which could cause the bulbs to rot. Just

remember hot headed calla lily, that is how I can remember the top

likes hot and the root cool. Just be warned that placing them in

full shade can cause slow growth, and colors that are not their

full potential as light is critical.

3. The soil must stay moist. This can be best maintained if the

potting mix is that of peat or compost rich which will hold

moisture. Water at once a week, or more often if necessary. Adding

pine bark, or wood chips on bed around plants will also help retain


4. pH is best at 6.5

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