Growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area. With a wiener dog.

April 19, 2011

The first Canna flower of the season

I am seeing the first Canna flower of the season. Cannas are, of course, grown for their beautiful foliage, not the flowers, but I usually leave them on for a while, anyway.

This is on my north wall. A garden has many microclimates. Areas that get a lot of sunshine, the ones that face south, will be where spring will arrive earliest. So don't expect everything to happen at the same time. Areas that face west will be next, then east, then north.

This is a Canna Tropicana. If you want to get the deep, lush, color of the leaves, cut them back severely. I cut mine to the ground this past winter. Trim the flowers off - they are using energy that could go to leaf production. And be very generous with water and fertilizer!
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