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Why Is My Calla Lily Drooping?

Why Is My Calla Lily Drooping?

Have you noticed your calla lily drooping and wondered what is causing it and how can you can help revive it again?

A lot of people think that drooping leaves are a sign of death or disease.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Calla lily drooping happens naturally because they are still growing and their roots need to grow and spread out for more room.

So Why Is My Calla Lily Drooping?
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“I bought a calla lily last month. I’ve had it in a pot since then and the leaves are drooping. The flower is still beautiful, but the leaves are just drooping and look terrible. The soil looks fine and I watered it twice. I don’t know if it’s because of the pot or because of the heat.”

Calla lily drooping is normal in most cases.  They are not dead at all.  Their leaves may appear to be drooping, but in fact, they are just trying to find the right spot to grow.  If you look closely, you can see the roots are extending outwards.  It’s just that their leaves are not keeping up with them yet.  It will be a few days before they are ready to leave their current position and move on.

If you wait patiently for a couple of weeks, the leaves will begin to stretch and grow back into shape, and then your calla lily will be happy again.

How Do I Revive My Drooping Calla Lily?

How do you bring calla lilies back to life?

A drooping leaf is an indication that your calla lily is still growing.  It’s not a sign of death or disease.

The best way to revive your calla lily is to help it spread its roots and let the sunshine on it. When it is warm outside, the calla lilies will be more likely to spread out and grow. Here’s what you can do:

  • You can keep your calla lily in a cool, dark room, or in a greenhouse.  This will help your calla lily to conserve water.
  • You can use a fertilizer that is specifically designed for houseplants.
  • You can also apply a callus growth stimulator.  Callus growth stimulators are products that will stimulate the calla lily to produce callus tissue. Callus tissue is used to form new roots. Callus growth stimulators can be purchased at any garden store or online. A callus growth stimulator may be used every few days to weeks until the calla lily produces new roots. Callus growth stimulators are only helpful when applied early in the spring. If you wait until after the calla lilies have bloomed, the callus growth stimulators may cause the flowers to turn brown and die.
  • Water your calla lily. Calla lilies should be watered once a week, or every two to three days. You can water your calla lily as soon as the weather is warm enough, but it’s best to wait until about a week before the first fall frost. The goal is to make sure that your calla lily is getting the right amount of water.

How Do I Take Care Of My Calla Lily?

Calla lilies are easy to care for, but there are some things that you need to know if you want to keep your calla lily healthy.

  • Re-pot.  You should re-pot your calla lily when it has one to two leaves because this will help the plant grow roots.  If you have a calla lily that is over 5 inches tall and you want to grow it indoors, you should re-pot it every three years.
  • Watering. You should water your calla lily once a week.
  • Use a well-draining container.  Use a container with holes in the bottom so the water drains. Never let the water sit on top of your plant.
  • Fertilize.  Callas like to be fertilized once a month during the summer. If you are growing your calla lily indoors, you should use a fertilizer that is made for indoor plants.
  • Light.  Calla lilies need bright light to grow and thrive.  You should not put your calla lily under a light that is too bright or too dim.

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When you buy a calla lily from the store, the plant is already potted.  This means that the roots are already in the pot and the soil is moist.  When you first receive the plant, you will need to soak the roots in water for about 30 minutes to get them hydrated.

Calla lilies are very delicate and if you don’t take good care of them, they may die.  This is a general rule for all houseplants, but calla lilies are even more sensitive to changes in temperature, humidity and sunlight. After you have the roots soaking, you will need to re-pot the plant.

Calla lilies grow roots and then buds.  When you re-pot your plant, the soil needs to be loosened with a trowel or your finger.

Make sure you keep the soil moist at all times. Calla lilies are also known for being difficult to water.  They require between 1/4 to 1/2 inches of water per week.  When you water a calla lily, it is important to use a soaker hose or drip irrigation to keep the soil moist.

A healthy calla lily needs sunlight.  If you want to place your plant in direct sunlight, do not do so until the leaves have completely unfurled.


Calla lily drooping should not worry you if your plant is healthy.  As we have seen above, it is a normal stage during the growth of calla lilies.  However, if you notice your Cala lily drooping too much, it could be lacking enough water so its a good idea to water it. If the soil is dry, you should add some more water. If the soil is wet, you should consider adding some more light.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are calla lilies drooping?

Calla lilies have the tendency to droop during the first few years of growth. If they appear to be too upright, it is because they are not growing fast enough to reach the full size they will eventually reach. This is caused by a lack of water, which can be solved by fertilizing with a slow-release fertilizer.

How do you bring calla lilies back to life?

Calla lilies should be brought back to life with a good fertilizer, but if that is not an option, you can use a spray bottle with some water. Spray the leaves and stems with water and let them soak for about 15 minutes before rinsing with fresh water. 

How often do you water a calla lily?

The best time to water a calla lily is in the morning, just before sunrise. The amount of water required depends on the weather conditions, but a general rule of thumb is 1 inch per week, or 1 inch per month, depending on the type of soil your calla lilies are growing in. Calla lilies require lots of water during the summer months, so make sure they get enough.