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West Central Illinois, Zone 5b
May 10, 2020 8:57 PM CST
Hi all! Question about Cannas. I've got some decent sized seedlings from open pollinated seeds I gathered last summer.

I like Canna foliage, but I'm wondering if anyone could tell me how long before I see blooms on these? Will I have anything this year? Or do they need more time? I'm in IL, so I'll do have to dig them in fall.
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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May 12, 2020 4:13 AM CST
I'm surprised you got your seed to sprout without scarification of your seeds. To scarify a canna seed you need to chip a small opening in the canna seed coat. You should get flowers in the late Summer so be patient. The most important thing now is to give the cannas the best growing environment you can. Keep the soil loose around the base of the plants and don't over-water. Here are some photos of my canna's soil to show you cannas don't like to stay Wet.
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Name: Sally
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May 12, 2020 6:44 AM CST
One video I just pulled up implies you could get flowers this year. I don't have personal experience.
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West Central Illinois, Zone 5b
May 12, 2020 12:05 PM CST
Thanks folks! I'll hope for flowers by the end of summer then. The internet seemed to be of two minds on if new plants would flower in the same season.

I did scarify, so no troubles there. 🙂 I just didn't see the point in giving a blow by blow of my process--scarification with pliers and a file, heat mat, paper towel, sterilized potting mix, etc. LOL.

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