The Q&A Archives: Tropicanna in the Winter

Question: I purchased a Tropicanna plant for our garden. We are located at the New Jersey seashore. I was never told that I had to do anything in the winter and someone said that I have to cut back this plant. Can you tell me what to do with it. Thank you

Answer: Your zip code places you in zone 6, so you will need to dig your canna up in the fall if you want to save it to plant the next year. After frost kills the foliage, trim it off short and gently dig up the rhizome. Be careful not to damage it, it will be larger than it was when you planted it. Rinse it clean and let it air dry for a few days at room temperature. Then store in a paper bag or cardboard box with some dry wood shavings or vermiculite at a cool temperature of about 45 degrees. In the spring after the soil has warmed, replant it. Here is some additional information about cannas that you may find helpful. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

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