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HOW TO PREPARE CANNA FOR SPRING

When I went through the pictures of the Cannas in the garden month by month through the last year I regretted that I didn’t buy more of them.

The great big, graphic leaves are found in a variety of shades and patterns, its flowers are delicate and exotic. The whole plant provides the garden with a tropical and lush appearance. Cannas are very easy to get to thrive, they are hardy here (USDA zones 7-9), they can handle both little and much water and they love the Texas sun. Just remember that they are heavy feeders.

Canna Australia

Canna Australia

 

So why don’t I have more of those marvelous plants? Because the leafrollers are a frustration. You can’t talk about Cannas here in Texas without mention the leafrollers.

Canna is a plant where the leaves are a big part of the appearance, and when they become rolled up, withered and tattered after they have been randomly crunched on, the impression of the plants goes rock bottom. The leafrollers are caterpillars of moth, the eggs can reputedly survive over the winter in the mulch around the plant.

 

 

Leafroller holes more on the cute side..

Leafroller holes more on the cute side.

When you see some tightly rolled up leaves, probably some caterpillar poop and some silken threads, you just have to cut out the leaves and throw them in the bin.

NOT in the compost. It helps a lot to keep the plants tidy and remove withered leaves and stalks. Anyway, this is the time for the spring cleaning, so check carefully after a kind of  artificial tightly coiled leaves where the caterpillar parties are held.

Obviously, you can use insecticides, but you will possibly have butterflies in your garden? They are also caterpillars at one point.

Before I tidied up the Canna "Bengal Tiger".

Before I tidied up the Canna “Bengal Tiger”.

And after spring cleaning.

And after spring cleaning.

Canna "blueberry Sparkler". Just so you can get an impression of the height.

Canna “blueberry Sparkler”. Just so you can get an impression of the height.

The gorgeous leaves of Canna "Australia".

The gorgeous leaves of Canna “Australia”.

 

You can buy Cannas as blooming plants at garden centers, you can buy bulbs (rhizomes) on Easy to Grow Bulbs.com , or as plants at Plants Delights Nursery.

This is how Canna leaves with leafrollers are rolled up.

This is how Canna leaves with leafrollers are rolled up.

This is how the leafrollers look like.

This is how the leafrollers look like.

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