No canna let 'em freeze!
Spent most of the afternoon scrambling to get potted cannas dis-potted, trimmed and put away in the cold cellar for Winter. Being lazy I always look for faster easier methods for chores and I found this one cut plenty of time off the job.
Instead of poking and shaking the rhizomes to clear the roots of soil and risk a nasty break I blasted 'em with water. After cutting off the stalks I turned the clumps upside down and worked the dirt out with hose nozzle set on a tight stream.
To keep mud problems to a minimum I did this over a 5 bal. bucket dumping the mud back into the garden when necessary. Works like a charm and it's quick. Right away you can see any bad spots on the rhizomes/tubers (which is correct?) that can lead to overwintering rot and correct them.
Now I've got 20 plants inside and the remaining 50 or so in the ground which I don't have to worry about just yet. But I "canna" think of a quicker method, can you?