Jun13

Canna Lilies

dwarf red canna lillieHere are some tips on Canna Lilies.

Find a location where the soil drains well. If there are still water puddles 5-6 hours after a hard rain, look for another site, or add an addition of organic material to raise the level 2″-3″ to improve the drainage. Peat moss, compost, ground bark or decomposed manure all work well and are widely available. Canna Lilies thrive in soils too moist for many plants but will not survive in soggy settings.

For the best foliage color and the greatest number of blooms,your Canna Lilies will be happy in a spot where they’ll receive full sun.

Dig holes and plant the rhizomes 4″-6″ deep and 2 feet apart (for tall varieties) or 1 foot apart for the medium to dwarf types. Place the rhizomes with the eyes, or growing points, facing up.

After planting, water your Canna Lilies generously to settle the soil around the rhizomes. Roots and sprouts will form in a few weeks, depending on soil and air temperatures. If temperatures are still cool in your area, wait until they warm before planting, Or start your tubers indoors in a pot for earlier blooms. Canna Lilies need heat to get them going.

Water your Canna Lilies enough to keep the soil slightly damp but not enough for it to be soggy.

When in bloom, feel free to cut Canna Lilies flowers for bouquets. Some gardeners grow the varieties with deeply colored or striped leaves for the foliage only and snip off all the flowers. If you prefer this approach, go for it. The plants will be fine if pruned this way.

After blooming has finished for the season leave the foliage in place, don’t cut it off. The leaves gather sunlight and provide nourishment for next year’s show. Water as needed. Leaves may be removed when they yellow. In cold areas, to save your Canna Lilies rhizomes for next year, dig them after the first frost. Let the rhizomes air dry for several days. Then store in a cool location in paper bags or boxes filled with peat moss. While this approach doesn’t always work because holding temperatures and moisture levels for rhizomes and storage medium must be fairly exact to please these tropical plants, if you’re an adventurous gardener it’s worth a try. We store ours in the basement in a tub with straw and they seem to do just fine

Your Canna Lilies will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle in spring.

Planters, Pots, Tubs and Urns

Fill your containers with good quality, well-drained soil. Almost any commercially available potting medium will work fine. Make sure there are adequate drainage holes; Canna Lily rhizomes should not sit in waterlogged soil or they risk rotting. Keep in mind the mature size of the varieties you have chosen and plan your container sizes accordingly.

Feel free to mix Canna Lilies with other plants in the same container. Just keep in mind that all must have the same light and water needs.

Dig holes and plant the rhizomes 4″-6″ deep and 1.5 feet apart for tall varieties or 1 foot apart for the medium to dwarf types. Place the rhizomes with the eyes, or growing points, facing up.

After planting, water your Canna Lilies generously to settle the soil around the rhizomes.

Provide full sun and water, and you will have happy Canna Lilies. Happy Canna Lilies equals a happy ME!

 

 



Jun 13

Canna Lilies

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