microb's blog: Canna Lilies

Posted on Jul 27, 2017 7:51 PM

May 7th my blog notes that Canna Lily seeds planted some days prior had finally started new plants.
I potted them up into 2 gallon pots a couple of weeks ago noting new plants coming up along side the new parent.
Today I find the first bloom stalk emerging. So that about 3 months from seed to bloom. Wow, really that quick.
I have seven young plants growing from the original seed. If each of those plants bloom and produces enough seed for 7 new plants each that's 49 more plants plus the original seven. That's 56 plants. The math is scary. If our tropical climates allows the process to continue, by next spring I could have over 400 Canna Lily plants
Seriously it looks like the new blooms will be the same yellow as the parent. Will be a week before they fully open.
One of the two original parent plants had started to die back so last week I tipped it out of the pot and found rizomes circling the pot. I tried splitting it into three pieces, each with a shoot and they look kind of sad right now. Hopefully magic is happening underground and new growth will appear when they are ready.
Still waiting for more seed pods to ripen from the other original plant so will likely have a dozen more seed to plant in a couple of weeks. If seven of those grow then the math is still scary.
Walked around Home Depot plant dept this morning and resisted buying some nice red Cannas. I could get hooked.

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