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I have a small garden in my backyard. I have canna lilies and half of them are growing to the fullest height and some aren't growing that tall, but are prematurely blooming. What could be causing this growth problem?
They need at least a foot or two between them
Did you plant these at the same time? Are you sure they are the same type as different species of canna lilies grow to different heights.
Funny you should ask....the shorter ones were actually in a shallow pot. But yes, they are the same... Thank you for your advice!
I don't know why, but my cannas won't unravel it seems as if they continue growing, but are sown together with these little black dot looking things. They are aligned in the center of the plant. It looks like it's eating the plant as well. Please help me.
I have always heard them called Leaf-rollers. If you break the webbing and carefully unravel the leaves, you will find the worms. Put some kind of bug poison on it to kill the worms or you will have no blooms. I fight them every year.
I know I am supposed to cut back my cannas and my banana plants. Is it too late? Also when is a good time to transplant the cannas?
Hardiness Zone: 8a
By nancy nunez from Longview
I dig my canna bulbs each year and put them upstairs for the winter! I've not lost any yet. The only one I've transplanted was a rescued discounted orange canna.
I have Canna lilies in pots and since transplanting them the leaves have gone limp and fallen over. Will they come back? What can I do to help them?
The pots are in a south facing yard with bright sun throughout a good portion of the day. The overnight temperature has not dropped below 7C since they were planted. I have Canna lilies in this location every year and this is the first time this has happened.
Hardiness Zone: 3b
By Kal from Alberta
There are some on our property that grew up on their own---possibly from squirrels digging up my MIL's and putting them in my yard. The ones that are near damp areas do the best.
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I love flowers and I love gardening! Canna lilies are one of my old-fashioned favorites because they are low-maintenance and easy to grow. Both their flowers and foliage offer long-lasting color in the garden and come in a huge array of colors. I love the yellows with a hint of orange in the throat. Here, I converted a particularly nice photo to a black and white image, and it is just as lovely. Flowers are such a joy to brighten the day!
I purchased this aquatic plant at my home improvement store. They are seasonally available there. This water plant was planted in soil in a pot and then placed in my pond using some pond rocks around the top part of the pot to hold it more securely in my small pond. When it was purchased there was not a label on the color type on this plant. After 3 months and growing almost 6 feet. Here is my wonderful color surprise! I just love it!
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We saw this bright and beautiful flower outside of a restaurant that we visit from time to time. I have never seen an iris this color before.
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I have planted some Canna lily bulbs on a partly shaded hill in my backyard next to some Norwegian spruce. There is some evening sun there though. I planted them March 15th and planted them 6 inches deep. Do you think they will make it? Thanks.
I think 6 inches should be OK for Cannas, as they are a tropical plant, they won't start to grow until the soil warms up. As for planting next to an evergreen, I usually plant mine beside one and they've done wonderfully. I've never heard them called canna lilies, unless you mean Calla lilies, which are something entirely different. (04/16/2009)
Yes, they will make it, my friend had hers dug up and put in a ditch. They came up. I got some of them to choke out weeds in my flower beds. They did just that. They multiply every year, good luck. (04/16/2009)
We seem to be talking about two different flowers here. Cannas, which I have, are very tall plants with large green leaves and red or yellow flowers. The bulbs must be lifted each fall. Kffrmw88 appears to be talking about naturalizing lilies that folks grow in ditches to choke out weeds and don't need to be lifted. (04/16/2009)
I planted Cannas for the first time last year. I had them in several locations. I planted 4 in a shade bed behind my garage. They did come up, but it took them a lot longer and they were much smaller with smaller blooms that came on very late in the season. The ones in full sun did much better, taller, bigger blooms earlier.
When I dug them in the fall, the shady ones did not multiply as much as the others. In this location they got early morning sun and evening sun.
I was told a rule of thumb is double the height of the bulb when planting. So a 3 inch bulb would be 6 inches deep.
As far as putting them out early, they should be fine as long as the frost is out of the ground. They will stay dormant until the ground warms up enough. I haven't set mine out yet. In Iowa the weather is too unpredictable yet. (04/23/2009)
I have a "killer" green thumb meaning almost every plant I try to grow I kill, except Canna lilies. I have two varieties and each do very well in full sun. I live in SC, they are planted in sandy soil, with gravel mixed in, in full sun. This year a few were covered by a Crepe Myrtle growing bigger than usual and that stunted their growth spurt so much. The ones receiving full sun are approximately three to four feet high already. Planting them the depth you have them at should do fine, I would just make sure they get adequate sun and water. (05/24/2009)