The Q&A Archives: Need info on Cannas

Question: Hi..... Oh! With the very mild few weeks we've had in the 40's and 50's, I had a surprize. My dug up cannas which I put into boxes in the basement are sprouting down there!

I don't know what to do now. I certainly don't want this to jeopardize them sprouting in the spring when they are supposed to.

Please help! Thanks for all the past help.
Happy Holidays... Dorian

Answer: Cannas never really go dormant. In warm winter areas such as Florida and California, they grow nearly year around. They're dug and stored in cold winter areas such as yours so winter weather won't kill them. They've begun sprouting because of the temperature. They may continue to sprout, or they may suspend their growth due to low light levels. I'd just leave them where they are and check periodically to make sure the rhizomes do not dehydrate. If they insist on continuing to grow, you can pot them up and keep the potting soil moist. I suspect, though, that they will simply stop growing until they're planted outdoors next spring. Happy Holidays!

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