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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:

  1. Dig a hole about four inches deep in the soil.
  2. Set the rhizome eyes up in the hole.
  3. Cover with soil.
  4. Tamp down.
  5. Water thoroughly.

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.

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