Ponds and Water Gardening forum: Need help with Canna's in the pond.

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Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Nov 27, 2015 5:50 PM CST
Hello,
This year I have a big pot of Cannas growing in my pond. I don't know if I leave them in the water all winter or take them out? Then if I take them out what do I do with them? I grow them just fine in the yard in the ground! Need some advice and help please.
Thanks
Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
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Esperanza
Dec 8, 2015 10:08 PM CST
Lisa, they might be fine in the winter water at zone 8b, but sometimes not. I am in the same zone and I take mine out of the ponds for the winter and put them in the ground and the following spring dig up a few to start a fresh pot in the pond again. Plus it gets stuff out of the pond so I can clean it up for winter.
Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Dec 10, 2015 8:50 PM CST
Thank you very much for the information. That helps me alot. Is there any reason I can't pullout the pot and place it next to the pond so it will dry out. Then just leave it there for the winter?
Thanks again

Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
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Esperanza
Dec 10, 2015 10:49 PM CST
To me it would come down to how much that canna meant to me. For me being in the same zone they are my most forgiving tropical and I admit to abusing them on a regular basis,

I see no reason at all that your plan would not work. Just make sure it is a well draining spot for cold wet temps . A good mulching around the pot would be an extra safe guard. But really in zone 8 I think you will be cool. I .have seen down to 17 F and cannas were fine in ground but never came back from frozen water. Miles may very.

I say divide and share your experience Thumbs up
Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Dec 11, 2015 9:06 AM CST
Ok great, thank you very much for your help. I think I will take them out and let them drain out the water. Then plant them back into the ground like you do.
I don't want them to die but I am running out of room to put Canna's in! Maybe I can trade some, I only have one color or kind left. They still have green tops on almost all of them.
Thanks again for your help

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