Canna any one answer this question?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by robert payer, May 19, 2002.

  1. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
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    Today at home I planted a tuber of Canna Tropicanna.
    This was a late start in Northern Ohio. Approximately how long until it will be in bloom. It was suprising that according to the directions the tuber is only planted two inches deep.

    Any help, tips or additional knowledge would be appreciated.

    :rolleyes:
     
  2. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Is that the tiger canna, orange, yellow, and red? They just really started growing here and it will be a few weeks before they bloom yet but will go all summer. Also, they reproduce to the tune of 3 bulbs per year! :eek:
     
  3. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    around here, i believe they will bloom mid july, to early august depending o planting time. If im not mistaken, us northerners must pull up the bulbs at the end of each and every season.

    I have one customer that plants these every year. all of my knowledge of this plant has been aquired through her. she states that they must be pulled every fall(not an issue down south). these are red cannas, getting about five feet tall by end of year.

    That is about all i can tell you about them though. I could always as her a few questions about them. she has been planting them yearly for at least 15 years now.
     
  4. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
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    CSRA Landscaping,

    In response to your question, this is an orange variety.

    Thank You both CSRA and Ohiolawnguy
     
  5. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yep they spike up a flowering shoot and bloom quite quickly,divide them up in the fall/winter and you can get loads of new plants if you split them up carefully.Winter frosts cuts them back,they also grow well in a large planter,keep cutting back the leaves as they go off,as its grown for the colourful leaves not the orange flowers.There is another new variety out called "Bengal Tiger" which has a more yellowy leaf,they both look good planted together.

    canna%20tropicanna.jpg
     
  6. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks for the great pic, Big Jim. That is a good way to have colorful discussions.
     
  7. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes Lanelle, pleasing and quite colorful! Thank You Big Jim. The garden at your summer home Jim? Looks tropical. Florida Keys perhaps?

    Lanelle,
    Bradford pear of Canna! I am sure this will leave all others just confused as all heck. (Post past humor) Search Dogwood joke.

    Keep up the good work Lawnsite! Great resource here.
     
  8. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
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    Months later!

    The Canna's did very well. They were enjoyed!

    Now to ask about Winter storage of tubers?

    Overview anyone?
     
  9. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    These are tender tropical bulbs so they need to be taken out of the ground and stored for the winter. Either place them in a box of sawdust/wood shavings or a ventilated bag and store in a cool, dry place such as a basement or garage.
     
  10. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We leave them in the ground until we want to divide them up, since they multiply so quickly. No harm done by the cold.
     

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