24 July 2007

Tropi-canna

The canna is starting to bloom and take off as seen in this early summer photo. Canna Pretoria was planted three years ago as a result of a purchase from Lowe's home improvement. It was a dud the first year. The roots were dug up and saved over the winter, and planted again the next spring. Now after a very slow start in the spring, the plant always comes back and starts blooming in the height of summer. It is similar to Tropicanna canna, but the leaf stripes are not burgundy and orange but green and Yellow. It ws thought to be Tropicanna when purchased.

The roots spread during the last half of summer, quickly producing several more flower stalks - and there are no pests with this plant. The tropical-looking plant likes sun and hot weather, and lots of water will make it grow faster.

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