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Name: Bradley Beard
Rialto,California Southwest (Zone 10a)
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Oct 23, 2017 2:39 AM CST
What do I need to do to the soil to make a good flowerbed for the Canna's and Elephant Ear's
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Name: Andrea Reagan
Astatula, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Oct 23, 2017 5:24 AM CST
Cannas and Elephant ears both need moist soil and part shade. They can be grown in big containers.

It is a good idea to add some lime to the soil when planting cannas. If grown in the ground mulch around the cannas to keep moisture in. In the fall add more mulch to protect rhizomes from the cold weather.

Elephant Ears like soil that is rich in organic materials, avoid rocky soils which can deform the corms. Use a nitrogen rich fertilizer for Elephant Ears.
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Oct 23, 2017 1:38 PM CST


My cannas are in full sun. Have been for years.
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Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
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Oct 23, 2017 7:27 PM CST
My cannas are in full sun too...the only one that likes some shade is Stuttgart, so the leaves won't burn.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Oct 24, 2017 12:37 PM CST
Probably won't be able to leave either of these in the ground (over winter) up in northeast Arkansas.

Other than that.... No big deal to growing either of these.

While taro almost certainly should be grown in shade, in the moistest conditions possible.... It will grow fairly easily in less wet conditions.
And.... I do have a patch growing in almost full sun, and didn't get any extra water this year.... But.... The patch growing in a tub of water in the shade are a lot happier.....

Canna.... Will tolerate almost anything.
But.... Mix in some compost for best results.

In the dry Sandhills, cannas planted in unimproved sand do poorly... Although.... It doesn't kill them....
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