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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Mar 2, 2016 3:36 PM CST
I am thinking of putting a large veriegated canna in a large container this year. I am wondering where you purchase them and which one you would recommend.
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Name: Gary
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hostasmore
Mar 2, 2016 3:44 PM CST
I saw some among the spring bulbs at Lowes just this past Sunday. Don't remember the variety but the bulbs they had were nice and firm. This was at the Lowes in Blaine.
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NJBob
Mar 2, 2016 7:36 PM CST
Canna Stuttart
https://brentandbeckysbulbs.com/Canna-Stuttgart/Canna/canna-...
Mamajacks on Cubits has had Co op's including these. I do not know if she has started any yet this season.
https://www.google.com/search?q=canna+stuttgart&tbm=isch&tbo...
Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Mar 3, 2016 10:40 AM CST
Thanks for the responses, I will check them out.
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Cinta
Mar 3, 2016 11:41 AM CST
I have several different cannas in pots my favorites are.........

I love Stuttgart but it likes shade. Many people are not happy with this canna because the white burns easy if it gets more sun than it likes. But it is a beautiful Canna. grows 6' tall

Canna Pretoria (Bengal Tiger) is a pretty canna and works good in a pot 4' tall

Canna "Pink Sunburst" beautiful variegated leaves of pink, reds lime green and a pretty pink flower 4' tall

I have purchased some from Florida Hill
http://www.floridahillnursery.com/canna-lily-cannaceae-plant...
Name: Kathy
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Kathy547
Mar 5, 2016 1:08 PM CST
Horne Canna Farm is a good source for cannas too.
Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Mar 6, 2016 11:09 AM CST
Thank You! More suggestions are appreciated.
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Name: Kabby
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Kabby
Mar 6, 2016 6:30 PM CST
Tropicanna
Tropicanna Gold
Minerva aka Christ's Light aka (in the database) Trinacria Variegata
Yellow King Humbert has broad strips of purple in the green leaves. Red and yellow flowers. Mine doesn't have that much purple though.
I buy once a year from Karchesky Canna, not only variegated but dark foliage, purple foliage and some beautiful flower colors. Alice Harris is the owner, she's a tad late on answering email and sending the plants. I think she is a one woman operation. She sends the biggest rhizomes I have ever seen on a canna. Buy 5, get the sixth free.
Name: Kabby
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Kabby
Mar 7, 2016 9:55 AM CST
Betty since you have a large container will you be mixing the varieties? That would be striking. You'll have to show us pictures when they start growing well. Thumbs up
Name: Mary
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Mar 7, 2016 10:08 AM CST
That would be very pretty, Kabby. Smiling Like Betty, I would like to find a nice type to plant in a pot. I really like the looks of Stuttgart. I was planning on putting the pot on my north facing covered porch. It gets REALLY hot here in the summer, but this would be a nice shady spot.
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Cinta
Mar 7, 2016 11:39 AM CST
I usually plant some type of flowers or coleus with my cannas in pots.

Betty is a zone 4 so she probably has a very short summer. Even shorter than my summer. Canna bulbs purchased now and planted in a pot in May will not start to grow until June. Will be half the size of adult by the end of July. At best she is going to have August of a pretty pot.

I keep mine in the pots are winter and keep them just on the side of half alive. Put them outside as soon as our temps are above freezing about April. Good years the are looking perfect May early June. During that time they look good but I have other things in the pot for interest until the Cannas are show stoppers and the other plants in the pot compliment the pot.

The one thing I can suggest is if you are growing even one Canna in a pot make it big, big. big. I had to break one of my pots to get it out. I had planted two in a 22" pot. Hilarious!

Stuttgart has small bulbs so you might be able to get away with two in a pot. But I planted Tropicanna and Intrigue together and could not get them out of the pot at the end of summer.

In these topics I have posted some examples of how I use my Cannas and mixing them with other plants for the pots.

The thread "My process" in Containers forum

The thread "Cannas" in Tropicals forum
Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Mar 7, 2016 12:09 PM CST
I am looking for tall foliage that will give some extra privacy on our patio. Last year I tried tea cup elephant ears which didn't get as tall as I would have liked. Thought perhaps some of the cannas would grow at least four or more feet tall, maybe I should just try regular elephant ears.
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Cinta
Mar 7, 2016 12:21 PM CST
Betty our short summers are kind of hard to get Cannas tall early in the season. They like hot, hot, hot and wet, wet, wet. So they do not take off until it gets really hot. If you want privacy I might would try some type of vine planted in pots with trellis in the pots. Honeysuckle is fast and hardy and for color in the pots you could plant coleus and some summer flowering annuals.

I am only saying from my experience because we have such a short period of time of growth these cannas do not grow fast. If you start them this year and do what I do keeping them half alive all winter you will get a tall plant sooner but probably not as tall as you want/need early in the season.

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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Mar 7, 2016 2:34 PM CST
Thanks CInta, maybe I will consider something else that will give more height in our short growing season.
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Kabby
Mar 7, 2016 4:21 PM CST
Mary being in AZ I think the shady north side of your house would be the only place for Stuttgart. I have pondered buying it again but there's so many other plants to purchase! Hilarious!

Cinta I know what you mean about Intrigue multiplying. I have Tropicanna too but it's new as of last fall. I dug some Intrigue up when pulling some paperwhites, it won't miss a beat.

Betty what about bamboo? I understand that grows superfast. I wouldn't trust it outside of a pot, I have always avoided it for that very reason.
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Cinta
Mar 7, 2016 9:01 PM CST
Kabby that is a good idea about the bamboo. She may be able to find something hardy for her area but growing in a pot it would probably have to be hardy to zone 2. Hilarious!

It is hard to find plants that grow fast and tall in a pot unless you can find something hardy for our weather. l have been experimenting with different hardy plants for pots. I am a crazy plant lady. I have several acres of garden land but I have a patio that is the size of a suburban back yard that I want to be tropical but with hardy plants. I do not want to have to drag more plants inside. Plus I do not want to keep spending a fortune for annuals every year.
Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Mar 8, 2016 7:04 AM CST
I am not willing to even try bamboo. I already have an invasive trumpet vine that I have been trying to get rid of for years.
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Name: Arlene
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Mar 8, 2016 9:45 AM CST
It was just last year when I finally managed to kill the runners of my trumpet vine - that's 10 long years of trying but at least I won that war.
Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Mar 8, 2016 11:37 AM CST
Arlene, how did you win the trumpet vine battle? I have been digging it up as soon as I see some, have some brush killer to try this year. @pril
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Mar 8, 2016 1:04 PM CST
I sprayed it with full strength Ortho Poison Ivy and Tough Brush killer (works best on brand new leaves).
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