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Canna Lily planting instructions

📅  When to plant your Canna bulbs

The best time to plant Canna bulbs is in the spring, once the threat of frost has passed and the soil temperature has warmed to at least 60°F (15°C). Planting in the spring allows the rhizomes ample time to establish themselves and produce blooms during the summer months. 

In regions with mild winters (USDA hardiness zones 7-10), you can plant Canna bulbs in the fall for a head start on growth the following spring. Remember to provide adequate protection from freezing temperatures, as these tropical plants are sensitive to cold.

📦 Storing your Canna bulbs until planting time:

Until you are ready to plant, keep your bulbs in a cool, dry, and dark place with good air circulation, such as a garage or a basement. It is crucial to avoid exposing the bulbs to direct sunlight, heat, or moisture. Place the bulbs in a paper bag or wrap them in a newspaper.

Make sure to check on your bulbs periodically and ensure they remain firm and healthy.

🌿  Preparing your garden for planting Canna Lily bulbs:

While you're waiting to plant your Canna bulbs, it's a good idea to start preparing your garden. Choose a sunny spot with well-draining soil, as Canna bulbs love warmth and sunlight. You can enrich the soil with compost or well-rotted manure to provide extra nutrients. Ensure the planting area is free of weeds and debris.

🌱 How to plant your Canna bulbs:

When it is finally time to plant your canna bulbs, use these steps:

  • Dig a hole about 4-6 inches deep and place the Canna bulb HORIZONTALLY inside, with the eyes (or growing points) facing upwards.
  • Cover the bulb with soil and water well to help settle the soil around the bulb.
  • Space the bulbs approximately 18-24 inches apart to allow for adequate growth and air circulation.

💧 Watering & care:

After planting, make sure to water the rhizomes thoroughly. During the blooming season, you should water them 1-2 times a week, depending on the amount of sun and type of soil. Not sure when and how much to water them? A good thumb rule is to water the plant deeply when the top 2 inches of soil are dry (just feel this with your finger). 

🌸 How to keep your Cannas blooming?

  • Apply a slow-release, balanced fertilizer in the spring to encourage strong growth.
  • Remove spent flowers after they've bloomed to promote more flowering and prevent the plant from using energy on seed production.
  • As the plants grow, provide support if necessary.
  • After blooming time, dig up the bulbs and store them in a cool, dry place until it's time to plant them again in the spring. This is especially important for regions with temperatures that dip below freezing.

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