We have been waiting all summer for our Tropical Red Canna to bloom and it finally has! A beautiful red bloom tops the plant. Tropical plants like sun, water and humidity, so you wouldn’t think of them as perennials in the Mid-Atlantic area, but they can be … Here are 5 tips to turn a tropical canna into a perennial:
- Tropical plants like lots of sun, water, and humidity, so make sure they receive these 3 essential elements. Plant your Tropical Canna in a location that receives 6 or more hours of sun per day. Keep your Tropical Canna hydrated by watering every 2-3 days, depending on weather conditions.
- If you plant your Tropical Canna in a sunny spot near the foundation of your home, it will receive some heat from the home during the winter months.
- When your Tropcial Canna dies back during the fall, do not remove the dead leaves. Leave them on and around the plant to provide warmth and nutrients. Leaves, even dormant leaves, provide nutrients to bulb plants. Do not remove the leaves until you see new growth in the spring.
- Fertilize your Tropical canna consistently throughout spring, summer, and early fall with an organic fertilizer, such as Espoma FT4 4-Pound Flower-tone 3-4-5 blossom booster Plant Food.
- Japanese beetles like Tropical Canna, so keep an eye on your Tropical Canna. If you notice small holes in the leaves, try an organic insecticide such as Safer Brand 5118 Insect Killing Soap – 16-Ounce Concentrate. If you are not squeamish about bugs, you can knock the Japanese beetles off of your Tropical Canna and into a jar of soapy water.
The below video shows what happens to Tropical Cannas if they are not pruned. To force consistent, gorgeous blooms, deadhead the Canna just after the bloom has died.
To see our Tropical Peach Canna, click here. Bonus tip for beginner gardeners: The key to growing Cannas is full sun and lots of water!
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