|Can You Canna?|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Wednesday, 07 July 2004|
Can you grow a canna? Of course you can! And so do many people. Cannas have become ’big’ plants in gardens and landscape. In pots, beds and borders, cannas are making their presence known - big time!
Newer introductions, like ’Pretoria’ above, have fabulous foliage. If a plant can provide colorful, striped leaves like that, it doesn’t have to bloom for me. But ’Pretoria’ does with orange flowers that last for a while. (Helpful hint: remove dead flower stalks to encourage more blooms.)
Here’s the skinny on growing cannas: Perennial in zones 8 and warmer. Colder zones treat cannas as annuals; rhizomes must be lifted and stored after frost. Grow cannas in a sunny location in fertile, well-drained soil. Never allow cannas to dry-out during the growing season; water when needed.
Cannas come in a variety of colors - red, orange, yellow, pink. Their tropical appeal of large leaves and many with ’hot’ colors make them great additions in the landscape. A word to the wise: most cannas grow tall - 5 foot plus. Check the label for height before you buy. Taller varieties work well in larger pots or in the background of beds or borders.
Can you canna? You betcha you can!