How to Prune Calla Lilies

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The calla lily is not a true lily at all, but rather, an African flowering plant of the Zantedeschia species. Calla lilies grow beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers that come in shades of yellow, purple, orange and white. Calla lilies stems make a beautiful bouquet and are a popular wedding flower. Calla lilies require full sun and plenty of water, so monitor them regularly or set up a drip irrigation system. While calla lilies do not require pruning, you should cut back flowers after the die and prune withered stems for aesthetic purposes.

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Things you need

  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Inspect your calla lily plants for dead or damaged leaves. You may wish to cut healthy blossoms for a bouquet.

  2. 2

    Using your scissors, snip the stem of the damaged leaves directly at the base. Continue until all dead leaves have been removed.

  3. 3

    Cut back dead or dying flowers by pruning at the base.

  4. 4

    Cut back bushy low-lying leaves to improve the plant's aesthetics.

  5. 5

    Remove all waste to a compost bin and clean up the work area thoroughly.

Tips and warnings

  • Since pruning is not necessary for the health of the plant, you can prune as needed to remove dead leaves.
  • Plant calla lilies indoors in containers if you do not live in a tropical or subtropical environment.
  • While calla lilies are gorgeous, they contain oxalic acid, which is poisonous to pets and small children.

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