Broken stems on a calla lily indicate that the plant could need some assistance. A calla lily, which is most frequently Zantedeschia aethiopica and is hardy in plant hardiness zones 8 to 10 according to the United States Department of Agriculture, is not a real lily since it grows from rhizomes rather than bulbs. True lilies develop from bulbs. According to the Washington State University Clark County Extension, calla lilies are regarded as being hardy and may survive outside in cooler locations (zones 6 to 8) provided that they are mulched appropriately. The calla lily should not be consumed in any form.
The calla lily is a plant that is native to South Africa and grows in marshy areas there. When caring for an indoor calla lily plant, drooping leaves might indicate that the plant is either receiving too much or too little water. If the flower is drooping downward, this indicates that the blooms are becoming too large and may require support. If the issue is that there is an excessive amount of water, you can either plant the rhizome in a container that has better drainage or you can just refrain from watering it for a few days and let it dry out.
Types of Lilies
There are many different plant species that belong to the family that we typically refer to as “lilies,” but not all of them are true lilies. The members of the family Araceae, which include arum lilies, are the ones that are referred to as the hardy forms. According to the San Diego Zoo, the only genuine plants are those that belong to the Liliacea family.
In the North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox, there are descriptions of eight species of calla lily as well as various cultivars. The Zantendeschia aethiopica plant, which is a perennial with long, arrow-shaped leaves, is the species that is most often referred to as a calla lily. Flowers may be any colour, although often blossoms are white with a centre spadix. However, blossoms can also be hues of gold or yellow, green, pink, purple or lavender, or shades of red. The flowers bloom from the end of spring to the beginning of summer.
There are various species that belong to the Zantedeschia genus; some of these species are regarded hardy, while others are considered delicate. According to the Royal Horticultural Society, the most favourable conditions for the hardy types are full sun to moderate shade and wet soil. Tender varieties, which may also be called calla lilies, are primarily cultivars of Zantedeschia elliotiana and Zantedeschia rehmannii (also called Elliottiana hybrids and Rehmannii hybrids), and they are typically utilised in seasonal outdoor beds. Tender varieties are also known as hybrids of Elliottiana and Rehmannii.
Calla Lily Broken Stems
Calla lilies may have stems that are up to a metre and a half in height. In the unfortunate event that the stems of your calla lily do break, you will still be able to enjoy its beautiful blossoms for up to two weeks after cutting them. If you do decide to cut your calla lily blossoms for an indoor floral arrangement, the New York Botanical Garden recommends waiting until the blooms are just starting to open before doing so. When the weather is still chilly in the morning, the ideal time to cut flowers that are going to be shown outside is when you want their freshness to last the longest. Because the stems are so striking, a remarkable display may be created with a very little number of them.
The flower stem, also known as a spadix, of these plants is covered with pollen, so you should brush that off first. The pollen may leave a mark on everything it comes in contact with, including clothes, a tablecloth, and other surfaces. Broken stems on a calla lily might be an indication that the variety in question has reached an especially impressive height. Some varieties of lilies, such as ‘Casa Blanca’ and ‘Stargazer,’ may reach a height of up to 5 feet and may need additional support as they mature.
Providing the plant with support when it is just beginning to develop is the best way to prevent damaged stems. When the plant is still young and manageable, staking it will be less of a challenge. If you attempt to stake the plant while it is in full bloom, you run the risk of easily breaking the stems. To give the plant additional support from stakes, drive bamboo stakes into the ground all around it and bind the stems loosely together.
Calla Lily Dormancy
After blooming in the open air, the dormant phase of the calla lily’s life cycle is an essential element of its maintenance. They develop from a rhizome, and at the end of the growth season, the rhizome requires a period of dormancy that may last for many months. Dormancy in calla lilies is achieved by allowing the bloom to wither away on its own.
Stop giving the calla lily any more water and let the leaves wither away on its own. Eliminate all of it. The gardening column in the Kansas City Star newspaper notes that the rhizome has to be dug removed from its container (presuming that it is an indoor plant), and then it needs to be stored in a place that is cold and dark. Once the stems and leaves of your plant turn yellow and wither, you should prune the plant so that it is no taller than the earth it is growing in.
The Royal Horticultural Society recommends removing the rhizomes from the ground or outside pot before the first frost and storing them throughout the winter in trays of compost in a cool, dark area such as a garage or shed. This will ensure that the rhizomes remain healthy throughout the winter. It is recommended that you store them at a temperature of at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit, whether you are storing them inside or in a greenhouse. Be careful not to overwater them while they are at this stage; the lower the temperature at which they are kept, the less water they will need.