This blog is about growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area

July 1, 2013

Trimming sunburned cannas

I will be the first to admit that the desert gets hot. It does! But what we have had here in the Phoenix area for the last couple of days has been absolutely ridiculous. The temperatures have been getting up close to 120, and even this early in the morning (it's 6:30 am), it's 90 degrees.

Needless to say, the cannas were looking terrible. Even in a shady spot like this, they still get a fair amount of morning sun, and were getting sunburned.

The solution, fortunately, is easy. I just laid out a tarp and am cutting them back down to the ground. Where I see some strong, young growth, I am leaving the stalk. But there really isn't much. After I've done the cutting, I will clean up and apply some fresh potting soil. The area will look bare for only a few days - cannas grow fast! Just add water!

Excuse me, I want to get out there and do more trimming. Before I get sunburned!

This is what the area will look like until the cannas grow back in a few weeks

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