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Old 01-07-2010, 08:47 PM
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Canna's


Ok, it's in the negative digits outside right now... so it's a bit late to wonder this, but looking at the temperature dip even lower is getting me concerned.

Should I have dug up my canna's this fall? Will they freeze and die over this extra cold winter?
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:20 AM
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Different varieties are more or less hardy. Some (Australius) are hardy only up to zone 8. Most of the others that I know about are hardy up into 6b. I would think that where you are a frost blanket (sold also as plankets) would have adequately protected most of your cannas. I hope you didn't lose any.
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:43 PM
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I lost all mine cannas few years ago, plankets didn't help in 20 below,
started over and now I winter them all in pots, inside.
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:01 PM
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Thanks!


Ok, well thank you both... I will cross my fingers. Especially since we had that sharp cold snap a few weeks ago. It has me scratching my head on even the heartier plants in my yard! I'll let you know what grows this spring where the cannas were!
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:06 PM
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Well, I'm your canna lady (for the more run-of-the-mill varieties) if you need some to get restarted.
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:42 AM
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I started growing them for the first time this year and I was worried about that also. I'm in zone 6 so just to be safe I dug mine up and stored them in our garage. Good luck with yours. I got a variegated variety from a trade on here and I'm really hoping it makes it. That one unfortunately was dug up after ground had frozen. Luckily it was in a big container that I just had to carry in garage to thaw for a day til I could rescue it. Hopefully it'll be ok.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:35 AM
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if yours don't make it, I have seeds of some varieties I can share ... you see, you won't be without cannas this year
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Old 04-30-2010, 01:18 PM
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I'm a little late seeing this,I always thought Cannas have bulbs,but I guess they will grow from seed,like all plants.My neighbour has Cannas and he always dug them up and stored for following years,we do live in Ks.
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Old 04-30-2010, 01:29 PM
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of course you'll have a big and full canna plant much faster starting them from tubers. And since they grow fast, it is no big deal to chop a piece of root for sharing

I always go for seeds, where ever I am (seeds are like magnets for me ) and it happened one time I found some canna seeds, figured if the plant makes seeds, they will grow
took a season for them, but the second year I had them blooming
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Old 04-30-2010, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by gone_tropical View Post:
of course you'll have a big and full canna plant much faster starting them from tubers. And since they grow fast, it is no big deal to chop a piece of root for sharing
Lord how true that is GT!!! LOL A few years ago I dug up some tubers and planted them along one of my front gardens and from the get go they took off like little rabbits which was great because they formed a sort of privacy wall around my duplex at the time. But I had to thin them at least 3 times a year to keep them under control, then it took a good year to finally get rid of the last tuber when I wanted them gone. This year I bought the low growing tropical sunrise......and they're going in a big pot!! LOL
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