I found a box of Canna on the street....

happycthulhu(7)September 8, 2005

And I would like to know if I need to go ahead and replant them or just cut them off at the root and store the root to be planted in the spring.

(Why anyone would just throw them away is beyond me.)

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jroot(5A Ont. Canada (near Guelph))

Maybe they had too many. Maybe they had spider mites on the plant. Maybe they were waiting for someone who would appreciate them.

Seriously, at this point, I think I would start to get them ready for winter. If you lose a few, what is the loss besides the effort? I don't think we have enough time left in the season to get them going and storing energy for another year. ...just my humble opinion.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2005 at 7:47PM
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So, I should just cut the tops off and store them in a cool dark place in a paper sack
(very new to canna and elephant ears. I found a whole bunch of those as well.)

    Bookmark   September 8, 2005 at 7:55PM
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I would plant those cannas in the garden.

In our warm zones, we don't have to dig & store cannas.
They'll do fine (better!) in the ground.

Congratulations on your find, & enjoy!


ps: In the "Do as I say, not as I did" department:

Give them some rooooom.

A couple of years ago,I planted a bunch of cannas very close together to get an instant effect.

They're everywhere.

There are so many roots that the foliage wilts if I don't water every day.

They're pushing each other out of the ground, they're
squabbling & fighting among themselves.

I've had to break up riots among the cannas.

It's a jungle out there.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2005 at 8:21PM
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mareas(OR Zone 8)

I second that opinion - plant those canna rhizomes now in a sunny spot and let them grow until frost stops them. In my zone 7, I just leave them in the ground for the Winter & they do fine.

Sylvia is a HOOT! Them cannas do spread quickly... marea

    Bookmark   September 9, 2005 at 12:00AM
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cantstopgardening(Zone 4/5 WI)

Just wondering how HappyC would treat them to get rid of any possible 'freeloaders' like spider mites and such, in case that is why they were thrown out. I have learned (the hard way) that any iris I 'rescue' should get a bath in 10%bleach solution, and be allowed to dry out for a few days, to rid themselves of any borers. Would this work for the cannas in case of mites and other freeloaders?

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 12:00PM
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I'm going to be cutting the tops off when it starts to get cold and hope for the best.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2005 at 5:43PM
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tomstrees(z6 NJ)

you've found gold ~ Tom

    Bookmark   September 30, 2005 at 4:29PM
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maddigger(z6 NW Arkansas)

If you tell me where you found them, they may be mine. How they got to NJ is beyond me? I don't imagine you'd mail them back to me?

    Bookmark   October 3, 2005 at 6:53PM
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cantstopgardening(Zone 4/5 WI)

maddigger, I thought cannas had eyes, not thumbs. Don't know if they hitch-hiked all that way. :-) Maybe they batted their eyes at a lonely driver.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2005 at 4:08PM
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