Calla Lilies Drooping - Reasons and How to Fix it?

Calla Lilies Drooping – Reasons and How to Fix it?

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In this article, we will be discussing a few causes of Calla Lilies Drooping. Calla lilies are one of the most elegant-looking plants that are popular for their sword-shaped leaves and the beautiful long blooms coming in beautiful shadesSome other varieties of lilies that you can grow in your garden are Rose Lily, Rubrum Lily, False Lily, Watsonia Bugle Lily, etc. These plants usually need less care and grow really well in moist, well-drained, but in some cases, the plant can get under stress and start to droop.

Key takeaways:

  • Drooping in calla lilies is seen prominently as the plant is mostly upright and well-structured with big lilies.
  • Calla lilies grow up to a height of 2-3 feet with blooms that have a height of 4-5 inches.
  • These plants are native to Africa and survive easily in extreme conditions as well.
  • Calla lilies are perennial shrubs and droop if they are not being watered properly whether overwatered or underwater.
  • Fertilization is another leading cause of droopiness in calla lilies. The rotting can also lead to the drooping of calla lilies same is the case with peace lily drooping

But what makes this plant droop? Let’s see! 

Reasons for calla lilies drooping 

1. Too wet soil

The soil should be moist and well-drained for the Calla Lilies to grow well. But if the soil starts to become soggy and mushy, that means the soil is not draining water as it should. The poorly drained soil will cause rot luke conditions in the calla lilies. This happens when the soil is getting watered even though it was well moist, the drainage is poor which can be due to clayey soil and the high rainfall outside. The plant will not perform well and start to droop due to wet soil, which can call for fungal growth or mushroom growth near the stem of calla lilies plants. 

How to fix it? 

Check for any rot in the rhizome, if not look if the soil is mushy or has mold, then replant the calla lilies to the good soil. Adding a sandy soil mix to improve the drainage or adding humus will also work. 

2. Too dry soil

The summer heat and the low moisture content in the air can easily dry up the long yet tender blooms. If the soil is not watered well, then the soil will start to become compact and dry which can be the cause of the drooping of calla lilies. Dry soil staying dry for too long is not tolerable to calla lilies. The plant needs to be watered keeping one inch of soil moist for whole7 days, but not soggy. The leaves will turn brown and the plant will start to droop downwards just like spider plants turn brown. 

How to fix it? 

Use a moisture meter to check the moisture level in the soil. Do an arm test touching the soil 1-2 inches to feel dry then water the plant. In the absence of rain, keep checking if the soil gets dry and make the soil moist by spraying water. The calla lilies after being watered should perk up back to straight, within an hour or two. You can also much the soil to keep the soil moist. 

3. Fungal disease 

Fungal growth occurs where there is moisture for too long. The soil in cold and moist situations will become home to fungus. The fungus will attack the rhizome and make them weak by using the nutrients. The rhizome that from the whole calla lilies will give weak stems that will not stand erect and droop a lot. The fungal growth like that of anthracnose, root rot in calla lilies called soft rot, powdery mildew, etc. are most commonly seen in calla lilies. 

How to fix it? 

The soil needs to be checked often for fungal growth, you also need to check the rhizome for soft rot. If the soil is too mushy and spoiled for calla lilies, throw the soil away and use a new clean sanitized soil. 

4. Overfertilization

The calla lilies get dropped when the plant is getting too many minerals and nutrients around. Excess nutrients have a drastic effect just like the low level of nutrients. The plants should get nutrients but overdoing them will produce lots of leaves and fewer flowers which leads to overcrowding. It’s also seen that macronutrient nitrogen if in excess, can also cause calla lilies to droop. The calla lilies start to look dull and not that attractive. 

How to fix it? 

Use a well-balanced fertilizer in the proportion of 5-10-5 proportions. Use compost and natural fertilizer. Don’t use a fertilizer that has a high level of nitrogen concentration. 

5. Temperature fluctuations 

The sudden change in temperature also causes the drooping of the calla lilies like the polka dot plant. . The calla lilies cannot thrive well in the winter season. The low temperature starts to wilt the call lilies. Too high temperature and too low can equally affect the functioning of plants and lead them to fall. 

How to fix it? 

Cover the calla lilies during the frost using a mesh bag or sheets. Move the plants inside during cold winds and low temperatures. Remove the blooms that are spoiled due to ice. The temperature to grow outside should be 60 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Some other tips to grow and care for calla lilies  

The full blooms are heavy when completely opened, and the plant then starts to droop. You should place a stake to add support to the plant’s stem. This should be done before the flowers get to full bloom just like the snake plant blooming. Simply place a bamboo stick deep in the soil and tie the plant with a thread or gauze wire

You should also prune the canna stems that are adding weight and making the plant fall. The extra leaves need to be cut down using the pruning shears, do the same with the spent flowers, as an excess of these will make the plant droop due to load. 

Final words of the context

The calla lilies with green leaves and white blooms never look good when they are drooping. In this article, we have given you all the important information that you need to know to avoid the drooping of calla lilies. We hope you like this article and find it helpful. We are happy to help and happy planting! 


Why are my lilies drooping in a vase?

The lilies in the vase usually droop when the water is not changed regularly and fresh water that is clean makes the water lilies look fresh and upright.  

How often should you water calla lilies? 

The calla lilies in the early growth phase need a lot of water and moist soil that is well drained. The calla lilies in the usual way should be given water of one inch per week or about every 4-5 days in the spring season. During the summer, make sure to spray some water near the soil as the soil gets dry quickly. 

Becky Decker

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