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tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 31, 2010
2:07 PM

Post #7846398

i was so happy that when my canna's starting coming up this week, we were sooooooooo glad to see one consitituion survivor...anyone else have any???

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planolinda
Plano, TX

June 13, 2010
8:40 AM

Post #7884316

that canna is so pretty--i only have and know of yellow and red--the pink is beautiful
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 13, 2010
9:43 AM

Post #7884480

well, i am glad to report it's doing quite and hopefully has doubled in size! it doesn't appear diseased! so hopefully i will get more from what i have...the pink is so pretty against the dark leaf!
planolinda
Plano, TX

June 13, 2010
10:47 AM

Post #7884688

oh i agree--and the leaves have some of the pink in them don't they? just beautiful--how tall do they get?
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2010
5:52 AM

Post #7886926

plan...actually the leaf is a more solid type "dark brown" with a bit of greenish to it. it's not striped but so pretty!! i LOVE the flower.

alice introduced on of her "nice" light pinks...this year...i have to find it here on daves...i'm not certain what type of leaf that had but the pink was spectacular !
planolinda
Plano, TX

June 14, 2010
6:21 AM

Post #7886973

and how pretty it is with the pink coleus next to it--i'm afraid my planting is a bit unorganized but someday i might make a pink area--
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2010
7:11 AM

Post #7887127

LOL...well plan...i really didn't "plan" it that way! pink is actually one of my least favorite colors...but it always pops in a garden setting! :)
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2010
7:13 AM

Post #7887134

alice's cannas do so well. Tobee, I was so impressed w/ your first pic. How tall does this canna get?
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2010
7:30 AM

Post #7887179

this canna...which incidentally came from alice! usually gets up there in about the six foot range...although it's only about 4 feet in this confined area...i am really hoping to get more rhizomes from it...because apparently there are no more to be had anywhere at this time.

i was really excited to see one pop up after r move!!


this is unreal...i just posted this and saw the dragonfly!! 2 COOL!! LOL!

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smurf428
cullman, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2010
8:46 AM

Post #7887394

I planted a bunch of constitutions from seed but nothing came up, I just started my last 3 hopefully I get one to grow.. I know they arn't true from seed but thats what i like about the seeds you can have something close or totally different.. I planted about 10 different kinds of canna from seed this year and all but the constitution and the tropical white came up.. So I'm giving them one more try with the last 3 seeds i have of each.. Hopefully i can get one that looks as good as the one pictured
jen
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2010
8:49 AM

Post #7887401

i hope you do jen...i have never tried from seed...first i lived in to cold of an environment and secondly i'm not that brave!! LOL
planolinda
Plano, TX

June 14, 2010
9:18 AM

Post #7887462

"not that brave" -is it tricky to start from seed?

love, love, love the dragonfly in the picture!

hey voss! how's it going
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2010
11:26 AM

Post #7887829

plan i'm sure it is...i'd rather call alice...LOL...didn't that come from a song????

me too!! i love the dragonfly...i didn't even know it was in the pic...
planolinda
Plano, TX

June 14, 2010
11:39 AM

Post #7887860

was it "go ask alice--i think she'll know"
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2010
11:44 AM

Post #7887874

LOL!! yeap...my jefferson airplane...it was gracie slick...i'm aging myself!!

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planolinda
Plano, TX

June 14, 2010
11:58 AM

Post #7887910

love the new picture--i think florida must be a fun place to grow plants---so lush and green
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2010
12:09 PM

Post #7887951

it seems to be...but here's one from nj...the alocasia actually bloomed and the austrian canna had great color!! so it can be done anywhere if it can be done in a zone 4!!

plan..u got any pics???

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tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2010
12:11 PM

Post #7887953

that didn't come out well...even tho it's my pic!! i got it off the site...i just need to put the url...i guess???
planolinda
Plano, TX

June 14, 2010
1:01 PM

Post #7888126

i thought maybe you felt so good about that dragon fly picture that now you were going to copy right the rest : )
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2010
1:04 PM

Post #7888134

LOL!! nope apparently dave's site already copywrote my old pics for me...darn...i wanted you to see it...but now i'll have to take new pics tomorrow of some of the other canna that's really coming up nice...

the dragonfly will most likely never show up again..but who knows??
smurf428
cullman, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2010
2:20 PM

Post #7888333

tobee your not in too cool of an area to try it.. I\m in canada lol and i can do it... No planolinda no its not hard, just nick the seeds, soak over night or even 24 hours and then plant they seem to just come up after that, as longs you keep them moist like your other cannas...
jen
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2010
3:48 PM

Post #7888605

jen...i just got to a zone 9b...but for 30 years i was in a sub zone 4...probably cooler than windsor...LOL!! can't seed much in a zone 4

i'm seeing that many people in my zone area do the seed thing...i have planted many but nothing rare or difficult...that why they have alices...LOL...don't they???? hehehehe
planolinda
Plano, TX

June 14, 2010
4:26 PM

Post #7888757

ok--so who is this famous alice?
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2010
6:01 PM

Post #7889012

LOl! this famous alice is know as Abutilon here on daves...but she's also one of the leading canna breeders most likely in the world...aka Karchesky & Harris Cannas...take one look and you will droolllllllllll...for certain...www.karcheskycanna.com/ ...

sometimes alice comes to the canna forum ...she's is what i would consider the leading expert in my years of working the horticulture world when it comes to canna. ...LOL...that's why i say.."go ask alice...i think she'll know"...pertaining to canna! LOL!

i also have a few that brian from brian botanical have bred...like his zulu warrior that i also posted.

planolinda
Plano, TX

June 14, 2010
6:37 PM

Post #7889136

wow! very impressive!
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2010
6:41 PM

Post #7889146

both of them are very impressive people and have contributed a lot to the horticulture world...when you have a moment just check them out...it's well worth it..:)
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2010
7:23 PM

Post #7889253

I'm a full and enthusiastic supporter of Alice aka Abutilon for cannas and brugmansias.
smurf428
cullman, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2010
8:58 PM

Post #7889567

yes tobee zone 4 (must of missed that post) would be hard to plant cannas from seed.. I know here in windsor zone 6b, if i get them started and planted in a good sunny spot, I can get them to flower first year from seed.. Not always but theres a good chance..
I agree Alice and Brian have answered many of my questions.. I wanted to order a few seeds from alice this year but think the 10 different ones i had for this year was enough.. Next year I hope to add more.. We will be gaining a 6' x 60' piece of yard behind our fence which will be all garden, so hopefully I can toss some more cannas in there also.. We'll see what hubby has to say, I have 20 to count and if those 2 come up from seed then 22, He really likes cannas so i dont see why he wouldn\t be ok with a few more.. I added a few hardy hibiscus this year and hes freaking out, I think theres 7 plants total and all he says is another hibiscus?? dont you have enough of them??.. But the 20 cannas he just wants to add more..
jen
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 15, 2010
4:52 AM

Post #7889904

lol jen...

my husband's just the same...you have 400 plants and you have to have another...ur husband would die a million times if he saw here!!

i do now live in a zone 9b...just since dec...but i just don't like doing so much by seed. it's fun and all and i have a couple hundred i do with usually 50% success...but then don't give it that much of my time.

i love the canna mainly because of the foliage...long after the flower come and go..or even before they come you have this beautiful foliage.

in the fall i cut my big striped reds and use them by my door instead of corn stalks!! LOL
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

June 15, 2010
7:47 PM

Post #7892206

Well because of you wonderful gardeners I am going to have to go get a part time job. I logged on to Alice's site and OMG. I have about 30 varieties but I fell in love with at least another twenty. I have enough Tropicana top fill California. I have dug and dug and they just keep coming back. I remember when they were $30 a bulb and now no one wants them. They are beautiful because of the leaf and the bloom but they are invading my garden.

I have two other spots for cannas but after being on that site I am in trouble. Only in my mind. I am retired, I do not gamble, do not drink, very few medicines, house is paid for, so what am I suppose to do with my retirement? I am so hyped because they had so many varieties I had never seen I am ordering tomorrow after breakfast when I am in control. Thank you. Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, Happy Mother's day to me.

Anyone out there want Tropicana, only postage required.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

June 16, 2010
1:29 PM

Post #7894340

tobee...lol...maybe our husbands are brothers? I have run out of the fake excuse that I need to purchase one more, "because I already have them in a row, but one died, and I need to fill in the hole with a matching one" Now he just says "Nice try..."

Is everything in your yard surviving this heat? Yipes...

:D
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 16, 2010
1:37 PM

Post #7894365

come now Worms...LOL!!! don't be blaming little ole me!! but it is something or what. i have been dealing with alice for some years now and she's just the best...besides having the most outrageous cannas ever


MERRY MARY...a neighbor!! at last!!! my very first one in Daves...since i moved here!!...we best never let r husband ever meet!!!!


whoppppppeeee!!! finally someone close to ask question to...just YOUR lucky day merry!! LOL!

i hear the rumble of the thunder but NOT a drop of rain to be had...my husband hosed everything this morning...we were told by the town it's ok to use ur hose...we are careful anyway because last month when then put the lawn in there was a leak in the irrigation system...so r water bill was over 500 dollars...holy cow and a half...found the leak thankfully!!!

did you go to the spring fest in winter garden this year??? i'm sure you did, i was lucky since i'm brand new here that someone told me about it!! we picked up some great things there!
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

June 16, 2010
2:08 PM

Post #7894437

:)
I've been on Dave's for years, and it IS always nice to compare notes with someone who understands Florida weather! Even though I live in a subdivision, I have several small koi ponds in my back yard. I like to put the cannas around them, they do fairly well in the water. For some odd reason we lost power for an hour this morning, and I started to panic with this heat and no air/filtration flowing in the ponds. My fish are all 20 inches, so even a short amount of time with no additional water flow can kill them.
We've had the same rumblings as you, all around us, but never ON us. I'm trying to keep everything watered, but the sun is starting to scorch some of my canna petals and they're just wilting ...

come to think of it, so am I...

:)
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 16, 2010
2:23 PM

Post #7894474

actually merry mary...i have also...but was in the coleus forum or cannas mostly...now i'm plopping myself in the florida area...i even think we may have crossed paths before...

you lost power!! WHAT NO!! please..so funny we brought our generator down with us ...we also live in a subdivision and someone said in the 5 years they have been here they never had the lights go out. shoot...in nj it would sometimes go out for DAYS...so we had to have a generator.

i have some scorched leaves 2..:(((( and i'm so worried we are leaving for calif on friday...it's so sweet the neighbors said don't worry..we won't let anything happy to your gardens..we will water them. how sweet is that!! i'm lovin it here!!!!!

and ME TOO! this is wayyyyyyyy to hot for anything or one!
skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

June 24, 2010
8:21 AM

Post #7916235

Hi All! Just started with cannas this year, picked up a few from an ad in the newspaper. And then some of the generous people here on Dave's sent me some seeds, so am now trying to get them going from seed, too. I think they should take off, even tho I'm in the frozen north country. I'm trying to start them inside first and if that doesn't work, will try something different, as I have plenty of seeds to practice with. Seems to me, the problem I have is wind more than anything else. And if you still need a home for that tropicana, you just let me know!
Abutilon
Coal Center, PA
(Zone 6a)

June 24, 2010
8:54 AM

Post #7916308

Hello skellogg,
I did this blog on growing cannas from seed. As I am the colder side of zone 6, it is more directed to winter and cold climate seed growers. Hopefully, it may help you in growing seeds cold climate.
I make a "greenhouse" out of one of my lighted hooded aquariums to use in winter for seeds, also.
It works really well :)
http://growingcannasfromseed.blogspot.com/
skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

June 24, 2010
10:39 AM

Post #7916612

Thanks! I can use all the help I can get! I am one of those " naive" gardeners. I just figure anything will grow, right? So just nicked some seeds, soaked them, and then stuck them in peat. Figure since I have to dig and store every year anyway, it won't matter, lol!
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

June 24, 2010
10:46 AM

Post #7916625

I have several requests for the Tropicana Canna. Anyone here have any idea when is a good time to dig. I would assume after the leaves are cut back. This my one of mine second year babies
from sometime this week..

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skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

June 24, 2010
8:20 PM

Post #7918305

Wow!! Those are gorgeous! I would assume that you are right on when to dig. I picked up my mixed ones this spring, and the lady had stored them all winter in her garage to keep them from getting too cold. She digs hers every fall right after the first freeze, and cuts the leaves then, but since you don't have to dig yours, I can only guess, lol! Sure wish that the wind would stop tearing mine up! Those leaves just don't like 50-80 mph winds, and neither do I !!
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

June 25, 2010
6:07 AM

Post #7919032

You can dig and store in the fall, after the leaves die down. But in reality, you can dig and divide anytime you'd like. I've been digging them up (not Tropicannas, but other colors) and replanting them all along. If you dig them up with leaves, let the cut side of the rhizome dry for a day or 2 before replanting, so the cut edge can seal. The leaves will wilt a bit, but after a few days back in the ground in their new location, with a little water, they perk back up.
:)
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

June 26, 2010
2:17 PM

Post #7922865

Thanks, great info.
DIRTYGIRL71
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 30, 2010
3:01 AM

Post #7932184

I'll take Cannas for Postage!
tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 30, 2010
6:13 AM

Post #7932430

dirty..how far are you from groveland...(we r just outside of clemont..or more like on the border???? i can always spare a cannas or two...????
DIRTYGIRL71
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 30, 2010
7:11 AM

Post #7932607

I'm about an hour from Clermont...I need to make a trip over tothe Vineyard for some Wine & Champagne anyhow's !! I could probably make it over next Tuesday when the kids go to the movies with Grandma..that is if Mornings are good for you?!

tobee43
groveland, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 30, 2010
7:54 AM

Post #7932722

dirty...it would be GREAT!! i don't drink wine...( my son is in the wine business...) but i did go up to the vineyard with a friend for a jazz fest and it was really nice...we r pretty close...d mail me and i will give you my phone #...

we r really busy now after being in calif for 10days...yikes...r sweet neighbors watered for us, but we had storms and have a HUGE mess to clean up...and we lost some things etc...u know what it's like...but i have some extra cannas!
DIRTYGIRL71
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 30, 2010
11:57 AM

Post #7933229

Let me know if there's anything I have you want. (or looking for).
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

June 30, 2010
2:18 PM

Post #7933519

If you haven't tried the Lakeridge wines before, go with an open mind. Remember, they are made with muscadine grapes! They have a different flavor than other wines. Many are put off by it, but I've grown very fond of the Southern White. As with Southern Tea, it's a sweet wine ( I fill a large red wine glass with ice and pour it on!) For hot Florida summer nights, it's great! The Southern Red, also sweet, is great for hot cider drinks at Christmas time. BOTH make great bases for red and white sangria!

:)
DIRTYGIRL71
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 1, 2010
4:11 AM

Post #7934879

We buy the Pink Crescendo champagne ..usually a couple cases at a time, and I've never been fond of wine at all (never could get past the smell)..but over the past 10 years or so we've been going to Lakeridge, I keep trying it...and now I like it..but only that one! *LOL* Maybe in 10 more years I'll come to like a white wine.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

July 1, 2010
5:35 AM

Post #7934992

It very much IS an acquired taste! Muscadine grapes are very different.

I'm going to have to start listing pics of my cannas...I've been really bad about keeping them labeled and need names again. I think I also have a few mixed in there that someone created themselves, and never named. It was just a cross pollination and see what we end up with sort of deal.

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