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Re: Re: Re: Cannas in zone 7?

My soil is clay but we don't get the rain y'all do. Besides, the ground
never freezes here, just occasionally the stuff above ground. It never
stays below freezing long enough (4-8 hours overnight) to freeze the
soil. The rare incidents of snow last until noon. Gone. Sugar was nine
this summer and has seen snow twice in her lifetime. She was NOT
impressed. Our cannas actually multiply somehow during the winter. It's
really weird. Where you had one in December, four come up in March. It's

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Marge Talt
Sent: 9/15/2004 1:31:22 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: Cannas in zone 7?

> I have never had a Canna survive winter in my garden.  I've even
> tried mulching very heavily, but think it's the stolid clay soil
> where I plant these guys; just stays too wet in winter.  In a sandy
> soil or one that stays dry in winter, they just might make it in
> colder z 6 or 7.
> I was told by Tony Avent that the secret is keeping these marginally
> hardy plants dry in winter - in the ground - it's not the cold so
> much that kills them but wet cold.
> Indoor storage...I used to clean my cannas and carefully layer them
> in various things - peat, perlite, vermiculite, sand.  Lost a lot of
> them.  Have found, through sheer accident, that digging them up and
> just leaving the clumps of clay and root in a tub in the garage where
> I whiz them with the hose periodically so they don't get completely
> dried out, gives me more live plants come spring...with Canna and
> dahlia it's always a fight between rot and desiccation.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Libby Valentine <L_Valentine@adelphia.net>
> > I had several nice groupings that I dug up to overwinter for about
> 5 years,
> > then let stay in the ground the last 3.  First 2 winters in the
> ground they
> > did
> > great, but not a single one survived last winter, which was colder
> and
> > wetter
> > (and colder for a longer time) than the previous ones.
> > 
> > When I overwintered them in the basement I layered them in tubs in
> slightly
> > damp soil additive (it's a light sort of leafy compost sold here to
> mix with
> > the heavy clay soil).  I'll remember the brand name later, I'm
> sure...
> > 
> > Libby
> > Maryland zone 6.
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Jesse Bell" <silverhawk@flash.net>
> > > Chris...I live in Zone 6 and they SAY that cannas are not
> supposed to
> > > overwinter here either. Tell that to my cannas. They ALL survive
> the
> > > winters here and have for the past 4 years. You should leave a
> few out
> > > and see how they do over the winter.
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