Diversity of Cannas: Popular Varieties and Planting Tips
|Published: 15th December 2020 16:48|
If you want to create an exotic corner in your garden, then you can do it by planting Cannas. These magic plants with beautiful large flowers flying above the leaves like huge tropical butterflies will give your garden a wonderful exotic look. If you are not yet familiar with this flower, then this article will help not only expand your outlook but also replenish your garden collection.
Varieties of Canna
There are about 1,000 varieties of Сanna that are different in the colour of flowers and leaves, flowering time and height. Most of them can be found on https://dutch-bulbs.com/canna-lily/ but before making a purchase, we recommend learning the peculiarities of canna plant care. Cannas can be divided into three main groups:
- Canna Crossey, named after the French botanist, who received the first garden hybrid. These are Cannas of up to 1.5 meters high that resemble gladioli.
- Orchid, or large-flowered Canna, the flowers of which really resemble orchids. These plants can grow up to 2 meters high with a purple tint on the green leaves.
- Small-flowered Canna - tall plants with large green or purple leaves and small flowers.
For those who are just starting to grow Cannas, the following unpretentious varieties can be offered:
- Wyoming is a spectacular, vigorous variety up to 1.5 meters or more, with large apricot-orange flowers.
- President is a beautiful variety with a height of 1.1–1.4 meters, green leaves and very large bright red flowers.
- Cleopatra can be called “fiery” because large flowers combine red and yellow colours. Plants reach a height of 0.9 meters.
- Black Night Canna has very dark purple leaves combined with velvety red flowers. Its height is about 1 meter.
- FireBird Cannas with lush green leaves and red flowers, suitable for growing in containers; their height can reach a meter.
Growing Cannas in 3 Steps
- Choosing a place for planting. Canna loves sunny and sheltered places with fertile soil.
- Rhizome preparation. Inspect the rhizome before planting: if the buds have not yet appeared, then you need to put it on wet sand in a warm place and wait.
- Planting. It is carried out after the threat of frost has passed. Then you need to prepare the holes 50 centimetres deep, into which you need to add rotted compost. Then put some sand on the bottom of the pits, spread the rhizomes, and cover with a layer of soil.
Caring for the plant consists of regular watering, weeding and loosening of the soil. It is recommended to feed the flower with complex mineral fertilizers. By September, watering should be reduced, and two weeks before the dugout it should be stopped at all.
Many gardeners often make a pot plant from Canna. For these purposes, they usually choose those species and varieties that can grow on the terrace, balcony or at home. Whatever variety you will choose, Canna will delight you with its amazing flowering. Enjoy!