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Posted by nicknace MA (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 6, 13 at 12:52

Hello everyone. I saved this plant after the first frost at work - I work in a hospital and the landscapers plant tropicals like this outside, replacing them every spring after these beautiful plants die. In any case, I took this one inside and it's recovering nicely - growing like mad, in fact. I know nothing about how to care for it, so I'm hoping you can help me by telling me what it is so I can read up on it.


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RE: Need your help ID-ing this plant

It's a Canna.

RE: Need your help ID-ing this plant

Possibly Canna 'Phaison'

RE: Need your help ID-ing this plant

Do you have a basement or attached garage at your house? It's often easier to store these dormant in a spot like that instead of trying to coddle it in a pot inside through winter. Providing enough sun is usually the problem. There are many discussion for more detail about doing that on the Canna forum if interested.

RE: Need your help ID-ing this plant

  • Posted by nelson 8 in Alabama (My Page) on
    Fri, Dec 6, 13 at 22:45

Looks like canna 'Phaison', aka canna 'Tropicana'. By either name you have a plant that will reward you with the most beautiful foliage imaginable next year. I second purpleinopp's suggestion to allow it to go dormant in a cool basement, etc.

Grow it wet or even in water & feed it generously during warm weather to bring out the best color in foliage & flower. And kudos to you for rescuing any plant, especially one that remains rather expensive, even here down South. Enjoy your new-found treasure!

RE: Need your help ID-ing this plant

Yeppers, a canna. You can just dig up the rhisomes, knock the dirt off and store it cool, but it will be OK in a pot too. I had a funny story about these tough plants. They can, of course, be grown from seed and one year I had started a run of them in the g'house. After they'd germinated and were potted, I pitched the soil into the compost and it found its way to my vegetable garden eventually. It must have been ten years later, I see this familiar foliage coming up in the rows of tomato plants, and it's a tropicana canna. It's now in a pot, much like your pot, inside a g'house overwintering. BTW canna seed, sometimes called Indian shot is viable for up to a century. We had a large water cistern built into a hill to store spring water overflow, and when the dozer moved the soil to install it, a year later canna were all over the place coming up wild. A couple down the road whose family owned this farm said their mother had cannas in that area in the 1930s. The dormant seeds must have been buried for fifty years before the disturbance of the soil allowed them to germinate.

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