Tropicals forum: Cannas

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Cinta
Sep 27, 2015 12:06 PM CST
I have not seen much talk about Cannas. Have they all gone out of favor because of the virus. I have a couple and restarting buying them again. I lost most of mine when I moved because I left them outside too long.

I like the ones with colorful leaves because the flowers really do not impress me on most of them.

Please show what you grow.


This year I had
NOID
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Intrigue
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Stuttgart

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Tropicanna
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Tropicanna Gold
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Had and lost
Pink Sunburst
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Bengal Tiger
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Canna Lily Cleopatra
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 27, 2015 12:28 PM CST
Cinta, Wow those are all beautiful! I love the colorful leaves that some of the cannas have. Cleopatra (a/k/a) Canna Lily (Canna 'Yellow King Humbert') has a really gorgeous flower!

Somewhere around here I have http://garden.org/plants/browse/user/images/plantladylin/?ge...
and Canna Lily (Canna x generalis 'Tropical Yellow') and a couple of noids.
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Cinta
Sep 27, 2015 2:10 PM CST
Thank you.

I have not found many plants that help with my tropical look on the patio. Plus they are easy to store over the winter. Some of the tropicals require too much care over the winter.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 27, 2015 2:35 PM CST
I only have one dwarf, but do plan on getting more next year.

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Name: Kabby
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Kabby
Sep 28, 2015 2:18 AM CST
Cinta, I wiped out my collection in '04 when just about all my cannas had a virus. Today many are tissue cultured which makes me feel better when ordering.
I have also restarted buying them again. There are so many new cvs since those early days. I will be ordering 6 more soon and I'll have about 15 or so. They add to my little tropical paradise along with EEs, hedychium gingers, bananas. I wish I could grow heliconias and plumies to go with them but they're just not hardy. I'm at work so no pictures for now but I sure have enjoyed looking at yours.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Sep 28, 2015 8:08 AM CST
I gave up on Canna because of Leaf Rollers and switched to Gingers.
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Cinta
Sep 28, 2015 12:25 PM CST
Kabby I will look forward to see your cannas thank you.

I tried Plummies I mean I really tried. I gave them about 5 yrs to bloom but gave up. I think my summers really are not hot and sunny enough to get them to bloom.

I grew Brugs for about 5 yrs but they really get to big to drag in every winter. Starting them from cuttings was an option but too much trouble for so little return. Starting them from cuttings I did not get flowers until late in the summer and that is a waste of pot space.

I have been working on easy plants to create my tropical look on the patio that I can do without to much effort and early results. Our summers are really only 4-5 months I want results early and big. Cannas have become my best option for that task.

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Cinta
Sep 28, 2015 12:27 PM CST
Anne I heard of leaf rollers but have never seen what they do to the leaves in person. My sister lives in Atlanta and she said the same thing.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Sep 28, 2015 1:42 PM CST
Leaf Rollers are a real pain .. they sew silk around unfurled leaves so they can't open.

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Cinta
Sep 28, 2015 2:14 PM CST
Yewwwww that is ugly. Sad
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Sep 28, 2015 2:24 PM CST
Often, before it gets to the stage Anne showed, you see a perfect row of holes in the leaves. The caterpillar bores in when the leaf is still rolled tight and as it unfurls you see this lines of holes.

I had a terrible problem with leaf rollers on the native Canna florida but once I got rid of the plants and waited about 3 years, I have never had a problem since. I have Tropicanna, Tropicanna Gold, Patens, a couple of miniature NOIDS and C. Warscewicii.

Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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Cinta
Sep 28, 2015 4:43 PM CST
It is heartbreaking when you get a bug attack. I had a green worm that was eating the leaves on my Brugs one year. I had to inspect them every morning and still I would miss some. I try not to use chemicals so I do a lot of hand picking and hose showers to get the bugs out.
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DavidLMO
Sep 29, 2015 10:36 PM CST
I love cannas, and yes they really do add a tropical look. Most of mine are NOID though I have 3 tropicana. I have ~ 6 that I leave in the ground as long as they are 10 " or less from the foundation of the house. They are on West side with sun from noon or so til sun down. > 10 " I dig and store and tend to lose 1 or so each winter.

Next year I am gonna increase my tropical bed by ~ 100 sq ft. This year it is ~ 50 + sq feet and is way too packed. Includes hardy banana, hardy kiwi, bird of paradise, 2 huge elephant ears and 10 cannas. Packed fer sure. Near the area I have 5 hardy passion flowers and cypress vine. Next year I will also add snail vine and dutchmans pipe.

I will also add some more cannas and a palm next year.

Only probs with bugs this year were leaf cutter caterpillers and grass hoppers.

I am also growing some giant cana (10 + feet) from seed.
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Cinta
Sep 29, 2015 11:39 PM CST
Wow david I want to see some pics. Have You consideted adding oriental lilies trumpet lilies and hibiscus or rose of sharon?
Name: Kabby
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Kabby
Sep 30, 2015 2:59 AM CST
Finally I'm back with pictures! The first one is Pure White. Back when I grew my collection so many yrs ago, white was very hard to come by and I never did get a flower that was close. This is a great plant.
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Tropical Sunrise turns a different color just about every day.
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The next is Candles, the sun was just too bright that day. The flowers are a cantaloupe, apricot color.
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The following is Kansas City that I had to destroy. I haven't been able to find it since.

Lenape

Constitution
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Sep 30, 2015 5:45 AM CST
Love that Tropical Sunrise!
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Sep 30, 2015 6:37 AM CST
I like that one, too.

Really want a dwarf white like Moonshine, I just keep forgetting to go look for it. Hilarious!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Sep 30, 2015 10:40 AM CST
Cinta said:Wow david I want to see some pics. Have You consideted adding oriental lilies trumpet lilies and hibiscus or rose of sharon?


I have one or more of all of those growing elsewhere on my property.
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cannafreak
Mar 5, 2016 8:59 AM CST
Am looking for the canna Thai rainbow and canna kansas city one of you can help here in the forum
nice greetings from Germany Thank You!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Mar 5, 2016 9:33 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
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