Return to the Iowa Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

cannas in containers

Posted by stan_ia_z4 z4 ia (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 26, 10 at 11:38

How successful are cannas grown in containers? Will they bloom? What size container is required?

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: cannas in containers

Cannas do v. well in containers. I always keep a few leftovers and grow them indoors as houseplants in 8 inch pots over the winter. They often bloom (not yet this year....)

But..., I stick to smaller varieties. My largest outside containers are whiskey barrels, and I typically use 3 foot cannas in those. As an example, "Tropical Sunrise" (3 ft) is a variety I might consider for this use. Once they're in a tall container, they seem tall. Horn Canna Farm has a nice selection w/photos online.

Here is a link that might be useful: Horn Canna Farm

RE: cannas in containers

Hi Stan,I use cannas in my container planting a lot. I use a canna as the "something tall " background plant & have fillers & spillers.I use Tropicanna & Bengal Tiger a lot in my mixed container plantings.You don't want to use a large bulb.3 shoots are about right for a mixed pot. A whiskey barrel would accomodate a large planting. They like lots of water! I've had them break a pot because they got too large. Sometimes what you plant doesn't seem too big,but there can be dormant eyes that will send up new shoots.

I used to have a shorter,dark leaf one with kind of a salmon red flower.I bought it as Wyoming,but I'm not sure it was. I saw it at your garden & you didn't call it Wyoming.I liked it because it bloomed so readily.

I just love growing in containers,maybe because planting at ground level becomes harder every year LOL
But,you do have to be home to water them.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Iowa Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here