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Canna X generalis Plant Care Reminders

Canna

Canna Lily

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General Information

  • Instruction By Kat Malstead
    Notes Truly a stunning addition to a garden! Canna x generalis species can liven up the dreariest heart with their tropical flair and stunning floral display. Related to the banana & the ginger plant, Canna have vibrant flowers soaring over wide colorful foliage. Can reach over 5 feet in height. Prefers full sun, but will tolerate filtered light during the latter part of the afternoon. Needs plenty of water, and good drainage. Needs protection from the harsher winters. Canna is an herbaceous perennial.
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Plant Care Instruction

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    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    January
    1. Special requirements

    Protect from freezing
    April
    1. Fertilize

    A good balanced fertilizer blend will tend this plant well, as the foliage is as important as the flowers.
    May
    1. Propagate

    Propagate by rhizome division. It\'s easier to divide before Canna emerges, in order to avoid damage to the new leaves.
    June
    1. Buy

    You can usually pick these up at the beginning of summer, as the soil warms.
    2. Plant

    Plant them out as soon as you can. They will do quite well in a protected, warm boggy area.
    3. Water

    Water regularly! Canna likes its soil rich, warm and moist. Although it will do well in bogs, cold wet soil can rot the rhizomes, so care should be taken.
    July
    1. Fertilize

    A good balanced fertilizer blend will tend this plant well, as the foliage is as important as the flowers.
    2. Water

    Water regularly! Canna likes its soil rich, warm and moist. Although it will do well in bogs, cold wet soil can rot the rhizomes, so care should be taken.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Earwigs like to hide in the tender folds of the newly emergent leaves. Leaf hoppers and grasshoppers are also likely to nibble. The leaf\'s waxy surface repels most fungal attacks.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If pests are present, spray with Neem oil.
    August
    1. Water

    Water regularly! Canna likes its soil rich, warm and moist. Although it will do well in bogs, cold wet soil can rot the rhizomes, so care should be taken.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Earwigs like to hide in the tender folds of the newly emergent leaves. Leaf hoppers and grasshoppers are also likely to nibble.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If pests are present, spray with Neem oil.
    4. Special requirements

    make sure to keep watered
    September
    1. Fertilize

    A good balanced fertilizer blend will tend this plant well, as the foliage is as important as the flowers.
    2. Water

    Water regularly! Canna likes its soil rich, warm and moist. Although it will do well in bogs, cold wet soil can rot the rhizomes, so care should be taken.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Earwigs like to hide in the tender folds of the newly emergent leaves. Leaf hoppers and grasshoppers are also likely to nibble.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If pests are present, spray with Neem oil.
    October
    1. Water

    Water regularly! Canna likes its soil rich, warm and moist. Although it will do well in bogs, cold wet soil can rot the rhizomes, so care should be taken.
    2. Prune

    Deadhead for continuous blooming during the summer. I cut back the dead flower stalks only. As Canna is herbaceous, there is no need for pruning.
    3. Mulch

    a thick mulching after the first frost should protect Canna from the more difficult of inclement weather.
    4. Protect

    Prepare Canna for its winter hibernation by heavy mulching after the first frost.
  • 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!

    June

    You can usually pick these up at the beginning of summer, as the soil warms.

    Plant

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

    June

    Plant them out as soon as you can. They will do quite well in a protected, warm boggy area.

    Fertilize

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

    April

    A good balanced fertilizer blend will tend this plant well, as the foliage is as important as the flowers.

    July

    A good balanced fertilizer blend will tend this plant well, as the foliage is as important as the flowers.

    August

    A good balanced fertilizer blend will tend this plant well, as the foliage is as important as the flowers.

    September

    A good balanced fertilizer blend will tend this plant well, as the foliage is as important as the flowers.

    Water

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

    June

    Water regularly! Canna likes its soil rich, warm and moist. Although it will do well in bogs, cold wet soil can rot the rhizomes, so care should be taken.

    July

    Water regularly! Canna likes its soil rich, warm and moist. Although it will do well in bogs, cold wet soil can rot the rhizomes, so care should be taken.

    August

    Water regularly! Canna likes its soil rich, warm and moist. Although it will do well in bogs, cold wet soil can rot the rhizomes, so care should be taken.

    September

    Water regularly! Canna likes its soil rich, warm and moist. Although it will do well in bogs, cold wet soil can rot the rhizomes, so care should be taken.

    October

    Water regularly! Canna likes its soil rich, warm and moist. Although it will do well in bogs, cold wet soil can rot the rhizomes, so care should be taken.

    Prune

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

    October

    Deadhead for continuous blooming during the summer. I cut back the dead flower stalks only. As Canna is herbaceous, there is no need for pruning.

    Mulch

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

    October

    a thick mulching after the first frost should protect Canna from the more difficult of inclement weather.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    October

    Prepare Canna for its winter hibernation by heavy mulching after the first frost.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

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

    July

    Earwigs like to hide in the tender folds of the newly emergent leaves. Leaf hoppers and grasshoppers are also likely to nibble. The leaf\'s waxy surface repels most fungal attacks.

    August

    Earwigs like to hide in the tender folds of the newly emergent leaves. Leaf hoppers and grasshoppers are also likely to nibble.

    September

    Earwigs like to hide in the tender folds of the newly emergent leaves. Leaf hoppers and grasshoppers are also likely to nibble.

    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?

    July

    If pests are present, spray with Neem oil.

    August

    If pests are present, spray with Neem oil.

    September

    If pests are present, spray with Neem oil.

    Propagate

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

    May

    Propagate by rhizome division. It\'s easier to divide before Canna emerges, in order to avoid damage to the new leaves.

    Special requirements

    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

    January

    Protect from freezing

    August

    make sure to keep watered

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