Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Growing Cannas

Scripture to Live By:
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17-19

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Ephesians 4:15

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

1 Corinthians 13:11

Oh how I would like to grow in my relationship with Jesus and be as strong as my Cannas look in the blooming season.  

Gardening Post:
A friend gave me approximately three Cannas rhizome from her flower garden several years ago.  Now we have hundreds of them from the reproduction of these three. Cannas are easy to care for, but they take time in planting and lifting from the ground when you have as many as we do.  For us they are worth the time for the beauty and enjoyment they give us.

In our area Cannas cannot survive the cold winters, so they have to be lifted from the ground, cleaned  and stored, until the last frost in the spring.

The pictures below show how many we lifted from the ground this year after the blooming season.  We did leave a few in the ground to see if they could make it through the winter this year.

The picture below is one rhizome that can be cut into several pieces in the spring for planting.  
Each rhizome can be cut apart as long as it contains an eye and substantial piece pf root stock.

  We replant them in our flower gardens, around our barn, around trees and along river banks and buildings.  We plant them just about every where. Then we begin to watch them peek through the ground and begin the growing process.  

They are so pretty and take little care to grow.  
I love to watch humming birds feed on their nectar.  

They grow in almost any type of soil but they do need a lot of water in hot dry climates.  

We store our cannas in the garage in paper leaf bags.  Some say they should be kept where the rhizome do not touch one another but ours touching has not harmed them.  They need to be stored in a room that has a temperature of 45 to 50 degrees.  

When you plant them in the ground after the last frost, they should be planet in soil that has been loosened up and place each rhizome in a hole approximately 2 to 3 inches deep and firm the dirt around it and water thoroughly.  Cannas need to be planted in full sun to get the best blooming from them. To get longer blooming dead head blooms as they die. 

Ours grew to 8 feet on the east side of our barn where they received the morning sun. Most grow anywhere from 4 to 6 feet tall.  Cannas come in several varieties and colors.  You can also get them in dwarf sizes. The dwarf ones grow below three feet.   

We have them planted in various places through out our yard.  Their foliage as well as their blooms add so much to the scenery of our yard along with various other flowers through out our four acre lawn.  


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