Canna ~2013~

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    As the last Canna thread is approaching 600 posts , I thought we could treat ourselves to a new thread for this season .
    I am not growing any Canna from seed this year , but I have received my Canna Bengal Tiger or Pretoria from Hart Cannas today. These are rhizomes which look like they have been cored out of the main plant . There is plenty of rhizome and root and compost around each one - they look fine to me.:blue thumb:
    Now never bought rhizomes before , am I best to store them in loose moist compost in a cold dark garage , pot up with my other rhizomes in early March and bring into the warmth and light , or should I start them now ?

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      Just for info I have attached the Hart canna Cultivation sheet below . May be a few pointers on there for any growers. :blue thumb:
       

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        Ive put all my cannas-in-pots in my greenhouse, where its mostly above freezing (unless the fuse blows again) - hopefully they will all be ready for splitting up & repotting when it warms up, but I collected quite a lot of seed last year so it would be a waste not to start some more off "just in case"
         
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          I would go with the early March option, that's what I will be doing. You would need heat, lighting and plenty of space if you started them now.
           
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            I'll bed them down then tomorrow in some loose moist compost . Early March is about the right time to pot them up . Space and more importantly Mrs H's patience are at a premium in March and April with all my other plants in the house :biggrin:
             
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              Hi folks.

              Sorry to butt in, but I was thinking it might be a good idea to create a 'sticky' on Canna seed propagation?
               
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                Good idea Freddy . All the Canna interest started with PeterS post on Cannas which is a sticky . Some had grown them before and they guided us newbies with some pretty good advice. I have listed the threads from the last couple of years below . In there is world class information on seed purchase , scarification ( Scrungee) , planting and raising. Now can anyone condense this from the 600+ posts , to form a sticky ?

                http://www.gardenerscorner.co.uk/forum/threads/canna-selection-advice.943/
                http://gardenerscorner.co.uk/forum/threads/canna-seed-supply-highly-recommended.39905/
                http://www.gardenerscorner.co.uk/forum/threads/should-i-divide-this-canna.43703/
                http://www.gardenerscorner.co.uk/forum/threads/canna-2012.40030/
                 
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                  I'm sure Freddy has already volunteered ... :runforhills:
                   
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                    Hi folks.

                    What I meant was (in case I've been misunderstood) the actual method whereby you score/soak/sow. Also, information about timing, lighting etc. I'm about to sow mine, and it just struck me that this might be useful?

                    There are others much more qualified to make such a post, but sure, I don't mind having a go:)
                     
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                    Btw, any problems with using some posted pics? I wouldn't want to infringe any copyright issues;) :)
                     
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                    Here are my trusty tools for scarifying the seed.................
                    DSC_0157.jpg

                    Just a cheap knife that I use for all sorts of things which is bought to life by the knife sharpener (my fave kitchen tool).

                    Take a couple of minutes. Easy to hold the seed in a bit of Blu-tack.
                     
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                      I nearly took my finger off trying to use a Craft knife ...

                      someone posts a picture of a plant label (for depth), pliers and a file. That's now my preferred method now .... just got to find the photo ...
                       
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                      I use the pliers/file method, less chance of stabbing.
                       
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                        I almost broke a sweat using blue tack and my girlie nail file :redface: i guess i better get a scrungee kit for my next batch:heehee:
                         
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