Bulbs forum: cleaning up my canna's & found new growth sprouting from bulbs

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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Jan 1, 2013 7:50 PM CST
This is the first year i've grown canna's.I am partially handicapped and topped the tops of the plants first,then dead leaves,about half way down the stalks weren't dried out,i found some in the back still green,maybe protected by the ones in front of it.I was shocked to find new growth coming out of the ground.I had planned on moving these canna's to a different place as soon as they started to show new growth,that was how i got them where they are now but they got taller than i realized they would.
Any advice???

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I began to clean them out and there was also a lot of leaves at the base of the stalks.
when i started pulling back the leaves also i found.
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I stopped cutting the stalks down when i seen they weren't dried up or dead.Should i let them die back completely or what should i do.I live in zone 8 and we don't dig up bulbs,normally!?

Thanks for any advice
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 2, 2013 6:24 AM CST
Mine do the same thing Jelinda. I've had mine in the ground several years and sometimes they will still have some sprouts. Even after the snow and hard freezes, I still have a few that are still untouched because of the dead leaves protecting them. Some people cut the dead leaves for aesthetic purposes. Others say the dead leaves can harbor disease. Then I've read leaving the dead stalks on provides starch for the plant. I usually remove all of the leaves in Spring when I see little sprouts. I leave mine alone even if I see sprouts in Winter. Hopefully someone else can give much better advice. :)
Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
If a door closes look for a window!
Heucheras Plant and/or Seed Trader Hostas Hummingbirder Region: Georgia Cactus and Succulents
Sedums Sempervivums Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Tropicals
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jojoe
Jan 2, 2013 7:28 AM CST
i don't know if it's noticeable but the leaves seemed to be molded & had black spots like mildew.Dec. is our wet's month,it's rained every christmas for the last 9 years the news said.Anyway the leaves & the fallen leaves from trees seemed to have been making it just right for mildew! It's very obvious in the 1st. picture!!

thank you for the advice!!!
A green thumb comes only as a result of the mistakes you make while learning to see things from the plants point of view!!
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
Houseplants Xeriscape Orchids Clematis Salvias Seed Starter
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 2, 2013 9:30 AM CST
Wow I didn't notice the mildew, i thought it was sand.

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