|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'|
|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|
|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.|
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.
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