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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilHumus-rich
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Canna genus (Indian shot plant). This genus consists of robust showy, rhizomatous perennials, which are grown for their striking flowers and ornamental foliage. It is generally used for summer-bedding displays and container growing.

Characteristics

Perennials, Herbaceous

Origin

North-South America.

Interest and use

Grown for their striking flowers and ornamental foliage. They are generally used for summer-bedding displays and container growing. Suitable for coastal conditions. Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 10-15C and will require a warm, sunny position and humus-rich moist soil. If grown under glass or for summer bedding, encourage into growth in spring at 16C and store rhizomes in slightly damp soil or peat in winter.

Propagation

You can propagate in the spring or by division in the winter or by seed. They need a minimum of 20C to germinate.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites can cause a problem under glass.

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