Canna: planting, maintenance from spring to winter

Canna: planting, maintenance from spring to winter

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Canna is a beautiful rhizomatous flower that is easy to care for. Here is a flower to rediscover.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Canna
Family : Cannaceae
Type : Perennial with rhizome

: 50 to 120 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Rich, humufous, permeable

: June to September

Planting and conserving cannas in winter are actions that will allow you to see them bloom from year to year.

Planting canna

Important step, planting canna will ensure good growth and generous flowering. Canna is a tropical plant of rapid growth.

In cold areas in winter, canna is planted after any risk of frost, around mid-May.

Plant cannas:

It is recommended to plant your canna monthly April or May depending on the climate, making sure to push them into the ground (10 to 15 cm).

  • The canna needs sun, heat and ideally to be sheltered from the wind
  • The canna is growing: a distance of 50 cm is therefore required between each plant.

Canna seedlings:

If you want to cultivate your own rhizomes, put them in a seedling and cuttings potting soil in February or March, in a warm place. You can then put them in the ground in May.

You will be able multiply your cannas by division of the tuft in spring.

Canna maintenance

The plant flowers from July until the first frost.

Canna indica is not very hardy, it is sensitive to frost. In areas where winter temperatures drop to less than -10 ° C, the rhizomes must be extracted from the soil to keep them frost-free (between 5 and 10 ° C) in peat or slightly damp sand so that they do not not dry and then replant them in the spring after the last frosts.

The propagation of Canna is very simple either by division of the rhizomes every 4 to 5 years or by sowing. The seeds should be placed in water 3 days before sowing to soften them. A seed sown in late winter can produce a beautiful plant that will flower only 6 months after sowing.

  • Remove faded flowers as you go.
  • Water regularly in case of heat, especially mini canna which are often grown in pots.
  • Give it regular fertilizer during growth.

Canna in winter:

In autumn, cut your plants back to 10/15 cm from the foot when the foliage is completely wilted, tear them up and bring them into a cool and ventilated room throughout the winter.

In spring, you can plant them again.

To know about canna

Canna is a hybrid from several species whose strain is a rhizome. It is also calledCanna indica, balisier or Conflore on the island of Reunion.

Canna is native to the tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean.

It bears beautiful flowers in a variety of colors that will make your flower beds really shine.

Of tropical origin, canna is quite resistant to our more temperate climates.

This is how it will add a touch of color to your terraces for potted canna or to your garden if it is planted in a bed.

Smart tip

Watch out for varieties when planting cannas in flower beds, as the colors, leaves and size of the plant are not the same.

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Video: Overwintering My Cannas. Container Gardening. Kreatyve Laydiiee (May 2022).