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Question: Hello!
Since I had several cannas get rotten this spring when it rained so much in April, I was wondering if I could do this.
Instead of putting the bulbs outside (from the basement), why can't I start them on my screened in porch in April? That way, they wouldn't get torrents of rain in the whiskey barrels outside.
(btw), I thought the barrels had good drainage, but they still got rotten outside.
Do you think starting them in pots in April on a porch would work? I could then, of course, control how much water they get.
Help, please. Thanks, Dorian

Answer: I think your idea of planting them in pots and keeping them in your screened porch is a good one. I'm a little confused about the behavior of your cannas, though. They actually grow well in moist soils and some even thrive in shallow pools of water. So, it might not be the soil drainage that caused the problems with your plants. Planting them in containers with fresh potting soil will certainly help them get off to a good start.

Best wishes with your cannas.

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