KC Gardens

Tropicana cannas in winter?

Q&A

I would like to know how to winter these in my garage. I was told to take them out of the pot and bring them in and put in peat moss. Question — do I remove all the old soil from the roots, do I put the bare roots in peat moss and keep the peaet moss wet? I did cut the stalks back to about 19 inches and waited until the stalks turned black. Please understand I am new to gardening and need step by step instructions. - William -

Comments

  1. 1 year, 5 months ago

    William here are the steps. 1. Cut foliage back to about six inches. 2. Remove as much soil as possible.
    3. Let the roots dry in a warm location for a few weeks to allow excess moisture to dry from the stalks. 4. Store cool and dry. Covering with peat moss is a good idea. 5. If a cold winter make sure the garage does not freeze. If a very cold winter maybe take to the basement.

    If they are in a container maybe just cut off the tops and set the pot and all in the garage for the winter.

    Hope that helps - Dennis, Johnson County Extension

  2. 1 year, 5 months ago

    yes thank you this is great info

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