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novicegardener2008September 11, 2009

I have about 20+ cannas in a little 3 by 3ft area and they are all 5 or 6 ft. What do I do with them?? I moved into this house last year and these were hear and I don't think they really took care of anything just planted tons of stuff and left it. I left them there over the winter last year and they obviously didn't die. I would love to have less in that area and I am hoping I can cut them down to the ground so maybe they won't get so big next year??

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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

They will get just as big, maybe bigger. You need to thin them by digging or pulling them up. They will keep multiplying so if you want to keep just a few then you need to thin them every year. Do you know what variety they are? I might be interested in the ones you pull up. If not there are others that would love to have them.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2009 at 3:04PM
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novicegardener2008

I have no idea what variety. The ones in the back have red flowers and the ones by my house are orange and yellow. I will be digging some up then! You are welcome to them if you want. And if I cut them all down to the ground right now that would be fine??

Thanks for the help!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2009 at 11:56AM
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sk290

I plant for hummingbirds and would be interested in some of the bulbs if you have some to spare. Perhaps trade them for some salvia seeds? My Autumn sages are seeding now and I have them in white, pink and purple. Email me if interested (sk290 at yahoo). Thanks!

Sandra

    Bookmark   September 13, 2009 at 1:20PM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

If you cut them down now they would probably die. I would wait until the first frost. When you get ready to dig them I will pay postage for the orange and yellow. I have red indian shot. Take a look at my trade list to see if there's anything you would like in trade and email me when ready.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2009 at 1:17PM
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novicegardener2008

Ok well the nursery told me to go ahead and dig them up some to thin out since I have so many. They SAID they would be fine if I cut them down so I hope they are right b/c I already did. But they look crazy, are they all supposed to be clumped together like this with crazy roots??!!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2009 at 5:20PM
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mcbdz(8 Louisiana)

Yes. That looks normal. I hope they are giving you some credit because, they are going to sell them.
Pattie

    Bookmark   September 16, 2009 at 9:38AM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

"I hope they are giving you some credit because, they are going to sell them."

Pattie I hope you are not talking about me! I want more colors in my yard next year. Anyway if I did want to sell them, SO WHAT! I'm willing to trade anything I have in abundance. What makes you even say something like that?? LOL Did you look into your crystal ball?

ng I wasn't thinking about how late in the year it actually was and if you air dry them for a couple of days they will probably be fine. One thing you don't want to do is leave them in the sun. They will start growing again if you do and that would lead to their demise.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2009 at 2:38PM
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origami_master(5b)

I think Pattie means that if you're giving them to the nursery, the nursery's just going to sell them and make a profit themselves

    Bookmark   September 17, 2009 at 4:02PM
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mcbdz(8 Louisiana)

Yes, I was referring to the nursery. Around here my sister trades a lot of her water gardening plants for credit with a nursery so she can get other things she needs like fertilizer, soil, or different plants. They will make a profit and you should get something for providing them with stock.
Pattie

    Bookmark   September 18, 2009 at 8:40AM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

That's what I get for speed reading, read right over the "them" part of "dig them up some". Sorry Pattie

    Bookmark   September 18, 2009 at 1:53PM
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