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HELP!!!! Calla Lily Outgrowing Pot, Not Blooming and Droopy

I have a Calla Lily and am by NO MEANS an expert at growing but am trying really hard to learn!! That being said… I am pretty sure there are a few problems with it…

1. I think it has outgrown its pot or it could possibly have not been planted in the center of the pot because it is bulging on one side and there seems to be a lot of growth on one side and not so much on the other, which also leads me to believe that there could possibly be 2 bulbs in the pot. (It is still in the original pot I purchased it in last year).

2. When I purchased it, it had green blooms but since I let it go dormant and it has started growing again, there are no blooms at all and it is now starting to droop and not be as green as it was when it first started coming back from the dormant stage and now is starting to get a yellow cast to it.

What should I do? PLEASE HELP!!!!


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,853

    If its in a plastic pot, repot it into fresh compost. You may need to cut the old plastic pot off. Use a pot a couple of inches bigger and mix a fertiliser like osmocote into the compost. I wouldn't disturb the root ball just add the new compost around  the sides. Then give it a good watering to settle the new compost. It sounds like it has exhausted the original compost and wants a good feed and water.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 875

    Hi Lisa,

    Follow the advice above ...and once it has perked up  ... try feeding it with tomato feed as this will help it to flower. If it is just fed with a high nitrogen feed you'll only get large, floppy, leaves and no flowers.

    Good luck.

    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • spider7spider7 Posts: 11

    I have Canna's in the garden, personally I wouldn't have thought that growing in a pot was a good idea unless you repot anually, the roots grow very big very quickly.

    If you can I would plant it in garden in full sun, protect from frost in winter. Alternatively,  when leaves have died down in autumn dig it up and place in pot or box   in damp compost until the following spring. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,095

    It's a Calla the OP has, rather than a Canna, spider. You're right though, Cannas outgrow their surroundings very quickly!  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • spider7spider7 Posts: 11

    Major oops, played a blinder there didn't I?

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,095
    spider7 wrote (see)

    Major oops, played a blinder there didn't I?




    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Thank you ALL for your help!!  There were 2 bulbs in that little tiny pot so I split them into 2 different pots that were bigger so now I just have to wait & see!!  I will keep you posted!!

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