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Re: RE: cannas

They die down to the ground w/ a hard freeze (usually Dec.) but come
rose pruning time (mid Feb.) I see their little green tips coming up. By
March 1st they are in 4th gear and growing like crazy. Jim's probably do
grow all year round since it likely never freezes there.

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Donna
Sent: 9/12/2004 7:25:31 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] RE: cannas

> Hopefully someone else will respond to this with more experience....
> Pam (bless her heart) sent me some in March (?), way to early to plant
> outdoors here in zone 5. I did pot them up and they continued to grow in
> my sunny front window till I could move outdoors. Other folks in this
> area do start them in pots to get ahead start on the season....
> I have stored them in the basement (cool, but heated) some years it
> works, others they rotted. Since conditions and pre-storage concepts
> where exactly the same, not sure why.
> What I don't know is if they need a dormant period? Jim, Pam do they
> grow all year for you?
> Donna
> > 
> > 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?
> > 
> > Chris
> > Long Island, NY
> > Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
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