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can anyone give me the definitive answer to care of cannas in winter? ive got a fair idea but so much differing advice! ive only got a cold greenhouse



I know - I tried the advised way of storing the tuber in dry sawdust in a shed, and starting it off again in the spring, which wasn't entirely successful. Last year I just left the whole thing in its pot in a corner - outside - lo and behold, it's been beautiful this year! After last winter, I was expecting to have to buy a new one.

Sorry - that's not a lot of help. It's just to illustrate that plants can't read. lol.

4 Oct, 2010


IIf your cannas are in containers, cut down the stems to compost level, wrap the whole pot (covering the top, too) with fleece, and keep in a cold greenhouse, shed or garage. Don't look at them again until Spring. Works for me, as learned from ny Dad several years ago.

4 Oct, 2010


I was watching this question as I've grown cannas for the first time this year. As mine are in the ground in very well drained soil, do you think I'd best leaving them where they are? I've been saving onion nets to hang them up in, in a shed as we don't have a greenhouse.

4 Oct, 2010


I don't think that letting them dry off in net bags is a good idea. You can dig them up, repot in dry compost, or even sand, and keep in a dry place. Several members have, in the past, suggested just leaving alone in the ground, but perhaps mulching the area with straw or something similar. T

This question has been added to the Goypedia "cannas" page, where, below the pics, you can see lots of questions and answers posted, some on this very subject. Makes interesting reading. To reach it quickly, click on the "featured on cannas" tab near the top right of this page. :-)

4 Oct, 2010


Thanks very much David.:-)

4 Oct, 2010


I'm going to leave mine in its pot again, David. I found it such a struggle getting it out, for little reward, so in the greenhouse it will go! Thanks for the help. :-)))

4 Oct, 2010


thanks david, will keep in pot and cut down to soil level but one last thing, do i let it completely dry out?

5 Oct, 2010


I had a good look at mine, weeding round them, and was amazed to find lots of clusters of new shoots emerging behind the main stem. I think I'll try covering the rhizomes with bracken and hope for the best. Perhaps I could "reinvent" thatch and prop it up like a wigwam to try to get the stems to shed the rain away from the roots. Does anyone think it would work?

5 Oct, 2010


hi, i have a Canna Indica in a pot inside the house. Is currently standing 5 ft tall, but the leaves are starting to go crisp and dry. Please advise what I need to do.

8 Dec, 2010


Anitalynn, I am not an expert but a bigger pot so that more water is retained and more nutrients are available is my best guess, because crisp and dry suggests that the plant is cutting back on the number of leaves it can sustain.

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