Question about dark foliage cannas

debbiep_gwOctober 13, 2006

Hi,I was wondering if cannas with dark foliage(burgundy type color)need to be in some shade to retain the dark foliage?Mine which are in some sun,more sun than shade start off in the spring somewhat dark but start to turn back a greenish dark color as the summer progresses.I prefer them to stay dark so should I move them to shade?Thanks in advance.Debbie

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port_a_bella(z9 AZ)

my tropicanna do the same thing... i live in arizona so i think it might be the sun, then again maybe i don't give them enough water, hum. i don't think that the green ones fade, but i personally like the colored ones. good luck.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2006 at 1:09PM
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An old client gave me a couple of burgundy leaved cannas which I put in full sun on the west side of a house in north central Texas.

They've been struggling for 2 years now.

I've wondered if the dark pigment absorbs heat & stresses the plant.

so this autumn I'm going to move them to a little more congenial area.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2006 at 5:13PM
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marquest(z5 PA)

I have found that my tropicana does better in shade. But it takes longer for it to bloom. I have a couple other dark leaves that I also put in afternoon shade and the leaves are gorgeous but again this makes them slow to flower.

I guess it is what look you are going for. I grow the cannas for the leaves I am not that impressed with most of the flowers.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2006 at 2:21AM
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Thanks everyone.I grow mostly for the leaves to,I plan to move them to the shade.Debbie

    Bookmark   October 21, 2006 at 1:33PM
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