All summer long folks ask us about our vibrant red Cannas – they are easy to grow, deer-resistant, attract Hummingbirds and create a tropical look! If you would like to try your hand at growing these great plants, here are some tips:
When to Plant:
In New Jersey, it’s best to plant the rhizomes (the bulbs) in late spring/ early summer when the soil is at least 60F.
How to Plant:
Space the rhizomes one to four feet apart.
Where to Plant:
Cannas thrive in areas that get full sun or partial shade. To really thrive they need at least four hours of direct sunlight a day, ideally from the morning or afternoon sun.
How to Water:
These plants don’t require much water until they begin to sprout, then they should be watered at least once a week, soaking the area around the roots. In the height of summer, they need plenty of water every other day.
End of Season Storage:
If you wish to replant the rhizomes next season, dig them up after the first “killing frost.” Shake off excess dirt and place them in a plastic bag (i.e. black garbage bag) with air holes and peat moss and store them in a dry place such as a basement or attached garage.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Bob at (973) 239-2060.