Calla Lily Care – Tips On Growing Calla Lilies
The first thing you need to do when growing your own calla lilies is to select the right type of soil. You have two choices: sand or peat.
Sand is very easy to grow and it’s good for beginners; however, it doesn’t provide enough nutrients for long term growth. Peat is better than sand because it provides all the necessary nutrients for long term growth. However, peat requires more water and you will need to keep watering your plants regularly. If you want to grow your own calla lilies indoors, then peat is best choice since it’s not so expensive and it’s easy to obtain.
When choosing the right kind of potting mix, you must choose one that contains at least 10% peat. You can use any other potting mixture but it won’t give good results.
For example, if you’re using sand and you don’t have any peat in your garden, then you’ll get no result from your plant. So make sure that your garden has some peat in it before starting to grow calla lilies indoors.
The third thing you need is a pot that’s easy to water. Make sure that the pot has holes at the bottom, if not you will have problems with over watering your plants.
If you don’t have holes at your pot then drill some yourself. The next thing is to place your potted plant on a tray and fill the tray with water for about two minutes. Let the excess water drain out and then place your pot on a saucer that has small holes in it. The water will slowly drain out of the tray but not so fast that it floods your pot.
The fourth thing you need to know about growing calla lilies is about the temperature in which you should keep your plants. It’s best if you keep them in a temperature of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
If the temperature is too cold, then your plant won’t grow properly. If the temperature is too high, then your plant may get sunburn and start dying off. The next thing you need to know is how to fertilize your plant. You can either buy a specific kind of fertilizer or create your own mixture of required nutrients. It’s best if you buy a specific fertilizer since this will save you time and money in the long run.
The fifth thing you need to know about growing calla lilies is about watering them. Don’t water your plants too much or else their roots will rot and they will die.
Make sure that you water your plants in the tray that drains all the excess water out. You can water your plant every day or every second day, it really doesn’t matter as long as the pot drains the excess water out. The last thing you need to know is about repotting your plants. Repot them using a mixture of peat moss mixed with garden soil. Do this every two years and make sure you give them enough light when they start growing in their new pots.
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