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Canna

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  • Instruction By Steve Brigham
    Notes In California\'s Central Valley and surrounding foothills, cannas are easy to grow and make colorful landscape plants. Remember to give them plenty of water during the growing season (they will even grow in wet places), and plan on grooming them regularly for best results.
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root rhizomes in nurseries or by mail, or purchase plants in pots.
    2. Plant

    Plant rhizomes in rich, loose soil 2-4\" deep and 12-18\" apart.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer; water fertilizer in well so that none remains on any exposed rhizomes. Cannas love to be fed!
    4. Water

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!
    5. Prune

    Clean up old clumps by cutting old stems to the ground, making room for new spring growth and bloom.
    6. Mulch

    Mulch heavily to conserve water use and keep roots moist.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.
    9. Transplant

    Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary, discarding old rhizomes and keeping fresh new ones.
    10. Propagate

    Propagate by digging rhizomes with fresh new growth from the outside edges of clumps.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root rhizomes in nurseries or by mail, or purchase plants in pots.
    2. Plant

    Plant rhizomes in rich, loose soil 2-4\" deep and 12-18\" apart.
    3. Water

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!
    4. Prune

    Clean up old clumps by cutting old stems to the ground, making room for new spring growth and bloom.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.
    7. Transplant

    Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary, discarding old rhizomes and keeping fresh new ones.
    8. Propagate

    Propagate by digging rhizomes with fresh new growth from the outside edges of clumps.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root rhizomes in nurseries or by mail, or purchase plants in pots.
    2. Plant

    Plant rhizomes in rich, loose soil 2-4\" deep and 12-18\" apart.
    3. Water

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!
    4. Prune

    Periodically remove faded flowers and any unsightly leaves to keep clumps looking their best. After a flowering stalk is done blooming, cut it back to the ground.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.
    7. Transplant

    Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary, discarding old rhizomes and keeping fresh new ones.
    8. Propagate

    Propagate by digging rhizomes with fresh new growth from the outside edges of clumps.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root rhizomes in nurseries or by mail, or purchase plants in pots.
    2. Plant

    Plant rhizomes in rich, loose soil 2-4\" deep and 12-18\" apart.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer; water fertilizer in well so that none remains on any exposed rhizomes. Cannas love to be fed!
    4. Water

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!
    5. Prune

    Periodically remove faded flowers and any unsightly leaves to keep clumps looking their best. After a flowering stalk is done blooming, cut it back to the ground.
    6. Mulch

    Mulch heavily to conserve water use and keep roots moist.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.
    9. Propagate

    Propagate by digging rhizomes with fresh new growth from the outside edges of clumps.
    July
    1. Water

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!
    2. Prune

    Periodically remove faded flowers and any unsightly leaves to keep clumps looking their best. After a flowering stalk is done blooming, cut it back to the ground.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.
    5. Propagate

    Propagate by digging rhizomes with fresh new growth from the outside edges of clumps.
    August
    1. Water

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!
    2. Prune

    Periodically remove faded flowers and any unsightly leaves to keep clumps looking their best. After a flowering stalk is done blooming, cut it back to the ground.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.
    5. Propagate

    Propagate by digging rhizomes with fresh new growth from the outside edges of clumps.
    September
    1. Fertilize

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer; water fertilizer in well so that none remains on any exposed rhizomes. Cannas love to be fed!
    2. Water

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!
    3. Prune

    Periodically remove faded flowers and any unsightly leaves to keep clumps looking their best. After a flowering stalk is done blooming, cut it back to the ground.
    4. Mulch

    Mulch heavily to conserve water use and keep roots moist.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.
    October
    1. Water

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!
    2. Prune

    Periodically remove faded flowers and any unsightly leaves to keep clumps looking their best. After a flowering stalk is done blooming, cut it back to the ground.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.
    November
    1. Water

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    March

    Buy bare-root rhizomes in nurseries or by mail, or purchase plants in pots.

    April

    Buy bare-root rhizomes in nurseries or by mail, or purchase plants in pots.

    May

    Buy bare-root rhizomes in nurseries or by mail, or purchase plants in pots.

    June

    Buy bare-root rhizomes in nurseries or by mail, or purchase plants in pots.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    March

    Plant rhizomes in rich, loose soil 2-4\" deep and 12-18\" apart.

    April

    Plant rhizomes in rich, loose soil 2-4\" deep and 12-18\" apart.

    May

    Plant rhizomes in rich, loose soil 2-4\" deep and 12-18\" apart.

    June

    Plant rhizomes in rich, loose soil 2-4\" deep and 12-18\" apart.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    March

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer; water fertilizer in well so that none remains on any exposed rhizomes. Cannas love to be fed!

    June

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer; water fertilizer in well so that none remains on any exposed rhizomes. Cannas love to be fed!

    September

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer; water fertilizer in well so that none remains on any exposed rhizomes. Cannas love to be fed!

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    March

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!

    April

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!

    May

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!

    June

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!

    July

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!

    August

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!

    September

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!

    October

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!

    November

    Water regularly for best growth and bloom. Cannas love water!

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    March

    Clean up old clumps by cutting old stems to the ground, making room for new spring growth and bloom.

    April

    Clean up old clumps by cutting old stems to the ground, making room for new spring growth and bloom.

    May

    Periodically remove faded flowers and any unsightly leaves to keep clumps looking their best. After a flowering stalk is done blooming, cut it back to the ground.

    June

    Periodically remove faded flowers and any unsightly leaves to keep clumps looking their best. After a flowering stalk is done blooming, cut it back to the ground.

    July

    Periodically remove faded flowers and any unsightly leaves to keep clumps looking their best. After a flowering stalk is done blooming, cut it back to the ground.

    August

    Periodically remove faded flowers and any unsightly leaves to keep clumps looking their best. After a flowering stalk is done blooming, cut it back to the ground.

    September

    Periodically remove faded flowers and any unsightly leaves to keep clumps looking their best. After a flowering stalk is done blooming, cut it back to the ground.

    October

    Periodically remove faded flowers and any unsightly leaves to keep clumps looking their best. After a flowering stalk is done blooming, cut it back to the ground.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Mulch heavily to conserve water use and keep roots moist.

    June

    Mulch heavily to conserve water use and keep roots moist.

    September

    Mulch heavily to conserve water use and keep roots moist.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    March

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.

    April

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.

    May

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.

    June

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.

    July

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.

    August

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.

    September

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.

    October

    Watch for snails and slugs, also chewing insects and mealybugs on leaves.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    March

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.

    April

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.

    May

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.

    June

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.

    July

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.

    August

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.

    September

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.

    October

    Control snails and slugs with bait. Insect pests can be discouraged with a strong spray of water to wash off the foliage.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    March

    Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary, discarding old rhizomes and keeping fresh new ones.

    April

    Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary, discarding old rhizomes and keeping fresh new ones.

    May

    Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary, discarding old rhizomes and keeping fresh new ones.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    March

    Propagate by digging rhizomes with fresh new growth from the outside edges of clumps.

    April

    Propagate by digging rhizomes with fresh new growth from the outside edges of clumps.

    May

    Propagate by digging rhizomes with fresh new growth from the outside edges of clumps.

    June

    Propagate by digging rhizomes with fresh new growth from the outside edges of clumps.

    July

    Propagate by digging rhizomes with fresh new growth from the outside edges of clumps.

    August

    Propagate by digging rhizomes with fresh new growth from the outside edges of clumps.

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