Dwarf Canna Seed Pods - Knowledgebase Question

Livermore, CA
Question by Sakonah
September 22, 2001
My dwarf cannas have seed pods. How do I prepare them to create a new plant? Do I let it dry on the stalk? Then cut it open or leave it as it is to plant? When do I plant them?

Answer from NGA
September 22, 2001


Allow the seed pods to dry on the stalk and then harvest the stalk, split the seed pod open, and collect the seeds either by dumping them out of the pod, or carefully picking them out with your fingers. When the seeds are thoroughly dry you can store them in an airtight container in a cool, dark location until next spring. Sow the seeds outdoors when all danger of frost is past, or sow them indoors in individual peat pots for transplant outdoors in early spring. The seeds have a hard outercoat. Nick, file or soak the seeds in warm water for 48 hours prior to sowing. Kept at 70F-75F, you can expect germination in 7-14 days. Good luck with your canna seeds!

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