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

March 3, 2014

Why you should cut back your cannas to the nubs

If you have cannas, like I do here at The Tropical Paradise, you know that they grow very fast. And these Canna Tropicannas, that I got from +Easy to Grow Bulbs, Inc. really look their best with the new growth.

I cut down my cannas "to the nubs" a few days ago and am watching them come back very strong. Yeah, it looks sad for a few days, but, luckily, not that long. And the color is just spectacular.

So, the secret to beautiful tropical foliage like this is to be brave and cut down the stalks to the nubs, and then try not to look at it too hard for a few days.

We had a couple of very hard rains in the past few days, so there is no need for additional water. But remember that cannas like water, so if it's dry, be generous!
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