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June_2007
De Soto, MO

November 13, 2008
5:16 AM

Post #5785198

If I winter sew some Canna seeds, will they bloom the first year?

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

November 13, 2008
2:03 PM

Post #5785844

June, I winter sowed canna seeds. I started them in Jan. 8 out of 12 made it so I planted them in the garden in June. 7 of the 8 bloomed and I have rizomes to plant next fall. I read where it takes 3 yrs for them to stableize so have to plant 2 more times to see what they will be. You know from seed they do not come true to parent so you never know what you will get. I had some ver y nice ones and most were anywhere from 18inches to 4 ft tall this yr.
Here is the first one to bloom at 18 inches and I named her "Bevs Beauty" I cannot afford to patent will grow for me and friends enjoyment. Hope this helps. You know you have to file the seed down till you see white spot inside or soak in peroxide and water? BEV

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Gardenia731
(Arlene) Lakeland, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 13, 2008
3:04 PM

Post #5786059

Thank you for posting this Q. I just began working on some canna seeds and already have a few seedlings. I have been mixing a real weak amt of Superthrive and MG with the seedlings and they are doing great.

Bev that is a beautiful canna. I hope to have a good amount of them this spring as I have a project I want to accomplish before the end of summer.

June if you dont mind I would like to ask another Q. Some seeds began to get mold if I take the seeds, dry it, resoak and replant will they survive or is the seed dead once it gets mold?

Thanks for your help!!!

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Abutilon
Coal Center, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 3, 2008
7:06 AM

Post #5853555

Canna seeds sown in winter and grown well flower sometime in summer ..
dependent on your growing conditions, fertilization, watering needs, etc.
Optimum growing conditions will get them to flower faster.
Kamikid
Thomasville, GA
(Zone 8a)

December 17, 2008
3:34 PM

Post #5901182

Please tell me if you just use a plain file to get to the white part of the seed? I tried a knife, nail clippers and none of those worked. How much peroxide do you use? Thanks and Have a very Merry Christmas. Elaine

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 17, 2008
5:37 PM

Post #5901493

Get your husbands big file out in the garage. That is what I do and I just had a few so got some jars and put one tsp peroxide and filled with water and they sprouted in three days. Hope this helps. BEV
On the right planted Dec 6th. Too soon so they may not make it till May but am going to try.

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maureenpm00
Lindenhurst, NY

December 21, 2008
10:49 PM

Post #5916304

wow, dragonfly, your canna is BEAUTIFUL. I love it. Would you want to trade seeds for daylilys seeds?
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

December 22, 2008
7:38 PM

Post #5919175

Hello,
I have collected some seeds from my hybrid cannas and I was wondering...in your experience, how different usually the seedlings will be from mother plants? Do you get something "similar" or totally crazy different? I'm curious...
Thanks!
Roberta

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 22, 2008
7:44 PM

Post #5919194

Roberta, I have no clue. The seeds were sent to me without any thing said about the parent plants so I just have to go by what they do in the next 2 yrs. Sorry. BEV
Here os another one that I call Yellow Blush

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robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

December 22, 2008
7:47 PM

Post #5919206

Well, from what I see on your pictures I don't have to worry about those mixes not being beautiful! : )
Thanks Bev.

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 22, 2008
7:59 PM

Post #5919240

I have a red with a yellow edge and a yellow with red freckles and here is one I called Fred & Ethel. It has 4 differant colors on one bloom.

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robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

December 22, 2008
10:08 PM

Post #5919582

Nice!

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