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Re:[ chat] cannas

The dear sweet Pam also sent me some cannas.  One year I stored them in my 
mother-in-law's basement, which I think is somewhat heated being that the 
furnace is located down there.  Most of the cannas made it.  The following year my 
MIL had no room for them in the basement so I stored them in my unheated, but 
well sealed shed.  None of the cannas made it -- they were all mush.  Each year 
I stored them the sam way: in rubbermaid containers filled with peat moss.

This year I'm going to have to grab some space in my MIL's basement. (I have 
no basement and no garage.)

Long Island, NY
Zone 6/7

In a message dated 9/12/2004 7:36:08 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
Chris@widom-assoc.com writes:
Another question- I have just received some large canna roots from a person
that can leave them in the ground year round.  Since my climate is too cold
for that, what is the best way to store them?  I can put them in the
basement of my husband's office next door.  It is extremely damp in the
basement (there is an exposed sump pump system for flooding), and I'm not
sure how cold it is down there.  The furnace is in the basement, but I don't
believe that the basement is heated.  The house is heated by hot air, so
there is duct work that might keep part of the basement cooler.  There's a
garage next door that's not heated. There's an attic next door which is
insulated, but unheated. Can the canna be planted and grown in front of a
sunny patio door  for the winter?

What do you think?

Long Island, NY
Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)

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