Southwest Gardening forum: Cannas - deadhead or what?

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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Jun 20, 2010 12:28 PM CST
What do you do when the canna has bloomed and is now setting seed pods? Will they bloom again if cut back? Some advice, please. Every time I go out to water, I ask myself this question and by the time I'm back in the house, I've forgotten. Duh...
Alma
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Name: Dan
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Dann_L
Jun 20, 2010 2:21 PM CST
That's a good question Alma. I hope we get an answer pretty soon.
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Name: Kelly
Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a)
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locakelly
Jun 20, 2010 2:45 PM CST
I remember reading on DG that some people cut them back after they bloom. Can't remember who so hopefully they chime in...
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jun 20, 2010 2:48 PM CST
I just clip the flowers off, and let the plant stay there till early winter, December-January. When I prune my roses back, that's generally when I cut the canna back. Now, I don't know if that's the right thing to do, I'm just saying that's what I do =)

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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Jun 20, 2010 3:31 PM CST
That's pretty much what Deb and I do too. Just didn't know if it was the correct time and method or not. I'll bet Marie would know.
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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Jun 20, 2010 3:41 PM CST
I went looking for some answers and found this - from Garden Web, no less. Apparently, you can get more flowers if you do cut the stalk off after the flower is gone. http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/canna/2003034130028952.ht...

I clicked on the link below the message and there is a LOT of info there about cannas. This fall, I must remember to dig these plants up and divide them. I bought some rhizomes from Walmart that were supposed to be a 'variety' but they're pretty much all the same. And there's not a single red one in the bunch. Sad
Alma
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Name: Kelly
Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a)
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locakelly
Jun 20, 2010 3:56 PM CST
I planted 3 Bengal Tigers I got from Nancy and now there are at least 20 - lol. Definitely need to divide them!
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jun 27, 2010 12:16 AM CST
I deadhead mine... I once let them go to seed. Gave some of my apricot *unknowns* to Lynn a couple years ago. Don't know if they sprouted for her.

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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jun 27, 2010 9:12 AM CST
That's pretty, I like that one. I don't think I've ever seen that color before.

























Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Jun 27, 2010 9:48 AM CST
What a yummy, yummy color, Susie! Here's hoping my cannas come roaring back. I chopped off all the spent stalks so I guess I'll soon see. What I can't figure out is what happened to my red canna. I found a photo of it that I took last year (I think) but nothing is blooming red this year.
Alma
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FrangipaniAz
Jun 27, 2010 10:53 AM CST
I deadhead them and then whack them back in the winter...
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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Jun 27, 2010 12:21 PM CST
So how much blooming do they do during the summer? Do you get continuous flushes?
Alma
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jun 27, 2010 2:19 PM CST
Here are some of mine, Alma. The red was the first to bloom about two weeks ago. The red one gets the most sun of 3 different blooming type Canna I have.

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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jun 27, 2010 2:21 PM CST
I think this bud will bloom in about a week. I believe it Cleopatra... yellow with red stripes and spots. I think Lynn gave it to me. Also the black one behind it. Don't think the black one blooms.

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Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Jun 27, 2010 2:23 PM CST
This is a pic taken today... The others I just posted were taken today, as well. This one is the apricot one I love. I think Marie calls this Susie's Canna because no one knows it's true name.

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Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Jun 27, 2010 2:24 PM CST
This is what a seed pod looks like.

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Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Jun 27, 2010 2:25 PM CST
A better pic of the seed pod. Guess I enlarged that last one for some reason.

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