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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
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jojoe
Sep 25, 2012 10:44 AM CST
My hubby brought my seeds from my canna's, he wants me to plant them. Can you grow canna's from their seeds? If you can,how do you do it.A little advice would be appreciated on this subject!! thank you
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CarolineScott
Sep 25, 2012 4:56 PM CST
I have grown canna plants from seeds. None of them have flowered this season so I am keeping the roots.

To germinate canna seeds: first you need to nick the hard seed coat. I hold the seed in pliers and use a toenail cutter to nick them.
Or rub them on sand paper until you see a white patch (hard on fingers I find).

Then soak them until they swell. I use diluted hydrogen peroxide solution.
They should swell in a day or two.

Then plant them in sterilized soil and keep warm until they sprout----about one or two weeks depending on temperature.

Good luck! It is well worth doing. Many commercial roots and/or plants are infected with a virus so seeds are better.
Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
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jojoe
Sep 25, 2012 8:41 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. THANKS

I may be back with questions!! Whistling when do you try to get them in soil to have them ready in time? told you questions!!! I'm all ears!
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CarolineScott
Sep 26, 2012 10:10 AM CST
A March or early April start gives plants for outdoors in June.
Could be faster if I kept them under lights.

I should mention that here in zone 3 shorter season:
none of the seed started cannas gave flowers this first summer.
Saving the roots and will hope for flowers next season.
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sarahbugw
Oct 14, 2012 1:15 PM CST
Good to know, Caroline! I've never tried cannas from seed before. I just bought Bengal Tiger yesterday at a garden conference in TX. I've been wanting one for quite a while. Happy gardening! Smiling I'm new to the site and am enjoying it already.
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lovemyhouse
Oct 14, 2012 1:27 PM CST
Good idea on the pliers and cutter, Caroline. In a pinch, is an emery board sufficiently sandpapery to get through the coat?

Like that flower photo. Smiling
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Oct 19, 2012 6:53 AM CST

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sarahbugw said:Good to know, Caroline! I've never tried cannas from seed before. I just bought Bengal Tiger yesterday at a garden conference in TX. I've been wanting one for quite a while. Happy gardening! Smiling I'm new to the site and am enjoying it already.
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That's a beautiful one Sarah, I've been wanting a yellow.
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jojoe
Oct 19, 2012 7:01 AM CST
I am so jealous,around here i can't find anything but just the regular green or purple leaves with red blooms.

But i enjoy looking at all the beautiful canna's yall are posting pictures of!!!

have a lovely weekend
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huggergirl
Oct 19, 2012 7:09 AM CST
Any help would be much appreciated...How do I store my Canna`s...successfully...I have them dug up waiting for them to dry a bit,they got rained on .I need to separate them,they are HUGE I mean huge ?? They got watered all summer...I also have dahlias and amarillis bulbs . Yes I grew the Am`s outside..OH and Cladium corms. Whats the Ideal temp to store them at in what medium you use to store them in...? Thank you
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eclayne
Oct 19, 2012 7:31 AM CST

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Hi Tamara, I wouldn't divide til spring. Here's what I did last winter, my first, successfully overwintering Canna (see comments).
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JuliaNY
Oct 19, 2012 8:54 AM CST
Here is my experience with growing canna from seeds that I posted in the Tropical Forum. In the thread I posted a website I followed to start mine. I also read where you can use hot water to speed up the germination process.
The thread "Canna Seedling" in Tropicals forum

Website with great instructions
http://www.cooltropicalplants.com/growing-canna-from-seed.ht...

Storing Cannas for the winter. Last year was a mess. This year, much easier.
The thread "Canna - Northern garden" in Tropicals forum

Good luck.
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piksihk
Oct 19, 2012 9:10 AM CST
Sarah, is that photo of 'bengal tiger'? Bengal tiger is a variegated canna.

Evan, I have the tall yellow with speckled throat, I think it's 'Richard Wallace', if you are interested. I will have to move some before they start on the foundation.
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sarahbugw
Oct 19, 2012 6:56 PM CST
Hi Betsy! That's not Bengal Tiger. I don't know the name of my yellow one. It was a pass-along from a friend. I look forward to seeing how Bengal Tiger performs in the spring.

Happy Friday everyone! Smiling


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huggergirl
Oct 20, 2012 7:41 AM CST
Evan ,Thank you ...I had just read gardnerdetective...and reread yours and it... nodding Hurray! Im assuming the Dahlias and Caladiums might be treated the same way somewhat...Here is to successful overwintering Angel

Sarah,Dont get me started on zinnias..... Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby They are my favorites,after Pansy,violets,larkspur,columbine... Hilarious! Thumb of 2012-10-20/huggergirl/0b820e

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sarahbugw
Oct 20, 2012 4:19 PM CST
Wow Tamara! That's an awesome picture. I love it! I've never tried pansies from seed.

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huggergirl
Oct 21, 2012 7:57 AM CST
thank you Sarah another passion..point and shoot.. Lovey dubby I really didnt realize what a beautiful photo it was,until I posted it... Rolling on the floor laughing its just a point an shoot Panisonic,it does good for me...i will try to start anything from seed at least 1 time..wel maybe 2 times.. Hilarious! did some Black Pansy this year...I do tons of winter Sowing 50 gal jugs and I can do up 27 flats under lights. I love it.. im probly gonna have to try Cannas Now..I did Iris,hoping for blooms in 2013'

Going to get my cannas around today get them all tucked in,along with my amarillis,caladiums,dahalias..Looks like a beautiful day here today...its been rather wet an grey

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sarahbugw
Oct 21, 2012 6:14 PM CST
It was a beautiful day here too. Sunny and in the 70s! I worked on moving around cannas and daffodils (erlicheer and sugar cups), and am thinking about growing some spinach. Smiling
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huggergirl
Oct 22, 2012 6:49 AM CST
Here are my Canna HOGS...wow...got them all tucked in..fingers crossed

I have to add this photo...I was chasing him all around this mum sundayThumb of 2012-10-22/huggergirl/2476b0

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sarahbugw
Oct 22, 2012 6:09 PM CST
I'm sure that your cannas will perform beautifully in their new spots. I'll be sharing mine with my mom in a few weeks. Smiling
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eclayne
Oct 22, 2012 9:30 PM CST

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Those Canna rhizomes are huge, ... and beautiful! I hope you put them in the DB.
Evan

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