For what ever reason, my mom gifted me with a canna tuber (Madame Butterfly
to be specific).
OK - there is still snow on the ground here in NH and it isn't going to be
warming up soon. SO, should I pot it up and let it get started in the house
until late May? Or leave it as is until later this month? How big a pot?
Depending on how long or large the rhizome is, you can pot it up. In
the nursery we used to use bulb containers which are about 12 inches
in diameter and 4 or 6 inches deep. Use moist potting mix and only
slightly cover the top of the rhizome.
OR, you can wait. If you wait, keep the rhizome in a dark place using
slightly moist peat moss or equivalent and store in a place which is
cool, but not colder than 45. Canna's grow very fast so you won't
really get any more growth if you start them early.
It would need quite a big pot if it was going to live in it for the whole
season, Cheryl. If the pot's too heavy to move when it's been watered,
that's about the right size. About as wide as your shoulders, tall as your
Yes, but make sure the lip of the pot is not smaller than the body of
the pot. I think the way to describe what I'm talking about is a
kettle shaped, decorative pot. You will harm the rhizomes when trying
to remove them from that type of container.
Here's a site that will give you just about all the info you need for your
canna; planting, storing, FAQ, etc.. Since you live in NH the tuber will
have to be lifted and stored in the fall as you would dahlias. They aren't
super hardy. I live in Seattle and I never had any cannas that made it
through a winter here.
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