over wintering canna from my water garden

Asked November 1, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

Hi, Is there any difference in process for winter storage of canna that has been in my water garden (as opposed to those in the dirt). Also, any difference in re-introduction in the spring? Thanks

Chester County Pennsylvania

1 Response

Hello and thanks for using the Ask an Expert System,

There seems to be some disagreement on the best way to overwinter cannas. Most sources do not distinguish between water grown cannas and soil grown cannas. I am attaching a link for storing tinder bulbs from University of Minnesota Extension. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/flowers/storing-tender-bulbs/

If you plan to grow these tubers in water again next summer they should be started in pots and allowed to sprout and produce a few leaves before placing them in the pond.

If you have additional questions you can contact the Chester County Master Gardener’s Hotline. For information on the Chester County Master Gardener Hotline go to http://extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/chester/hotline
Chester County Penn State Extension
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