Growing Cannas

Botanical Name: Canna x gerneralis
Life Cycle: perennial rhizomes
Planting Time: spring after danger of frost has passed
Height: dwarf types 2' to 3; standard types 5' to 6'
Exposure: full sun
Soil: rich, moist, well-drained soil
Hardiness: perennial rhizomes 8 to 11; over winter indoors in cooler zones
Bloom Time: late spring
Flower: variety of bright colors including fire-engine red, hot pink and shocking orange.
Foliage: bright green, blue-green, deep red or tiger striped
Propagation: rhizomes
Suggested Use: beds, borders, landscape accents and container plants
Growing Hints: Southern zones can plant bulbs outside in the spring. To give them a head start, zones north of zone 7 should start bulbs indoors 5 weeks before the last frost date. Pot rhizomes in a soil-less mix, pointed end up and barely cover them. Keep them warm (75ºF) and slightly moist until new growth appears. Then move them to a sunnier location and feed every two weeks with a 1/2 strength houseplant fertilizer. Move plants outdoors when danger of frost has passed.
Interesting Facts: Cannas can be dug up in cooler zones and stored until the following season. Dig them up after the first light frost and cut the tops back approximately 6 inches. Don't bother cleaning soil off the roots, just set them in damp peat moss and store in a cool (40ºF to 50ºF), dry place. Rhizomes should be checked throughout winter and watered lightly if needed to keep roots from shriveling.


March 25, 20060 found this helpful


I am just starting gardening and I'm attracted to cannas. I think I have a great place for a few with full sun. Could you tell me how long the flowers last?

I live in eastern PA, almost to NJ.

Thank you!,


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