Bulbs forum: Potted Up My Cannas to Start Them.

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 24, 2010 2:33 PM CST
Were do things like Cannas and Dahlias belong? They are not really bulbs. But I just started mine today.

Most years I simply plant them inground. Much later than this time of year actually. But I get very poor results with many never coming up. This year I just bought two packages locally with two roots each, Tangelo and Black Knight. I decided to pot them which is what I did. I will keep them inside were its warm (not too warm) until they sprout and them bring them outside to harden off. Then when its warm enough I will plant them. By that time I will actually have plants. That is if all goes acording to plan.

In fact last year I was so mad at the poor rate of success I got the prior year that I never ever planted any. But I like them so I miss them so am trying this new method this year.
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gemini_sage
Mar 26, 2010 5:25 PM CST
They belong right here, Rita! Lumped by most nurseries into the "summer bulbs" category. If you find yourself getting really into Dahlias (or would just like see a lot of gorgeous pictures), there is a Dahlia Cubit here too, where many genus specific issues are discussed.

Both Dahlias and Cannas prefer warm soil, Cannas won't start growing in earnest here till up in June. I've found starting Cannas in pots very helpful. We had a couple of really dry years here (before last year's cool, wet summer), so my Cannas in the ground have dwindled. Large containers are great for them, you can easily give them all the water, fertilizer, and warmth they love. The cool temps last summer made my Cannas grow slowly whether in the ground or in pots, but those in pots definitely performed better. Starting them in pots, especially black nursery pots is great- that keeps the soil warm from the sun. You don't have to worry about getting them in the ground till the soil has warmed, about the time folks are planting tomatoes in your area. Here thats about Memorial Day.

Dahlias grow pretty fast for me, so I just plant those right in the ground. A lot of northerners do start them ahead of time because of their short season.

Where did you purchase your summer bulbs?
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Mar 26, 2010 8:39 PM CST
This is the first time I have potted up my cannas. Usually I just wait till much later in the year and plant them directly inground. But I only bought afew locally when I was at the nursery the other day. I figgured 4 cannas would be enough for this year.

I do know many places that sell bulbs sell tubers like dahlias and cannas also. Usually I get some cannas from VB Wholsale, were I buy lots of things. I have gotten many lilies from VB Wholesale in past years but only getting the Glamini gladolias this year from them.

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