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Scotland versus Cannas

hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037
Has anyone in Scotland managed to grow cannas successfully? I've tried a few times but just when they get ready to flower, winter arrives! Am trying a dwarf canna this year and have kept it in the greenhouse to see if I can at least persuade it to flower before November!
'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,171
    I have hogweed. I have to keep them indoors in winter, but when i had a conservatory, I bought one and that was ideal. It was quite well on before being put outside though. I kept it in a pot - not in the ground.  I also had one or two in my garden round the corner - again, they came into the house for winter, and also went out in big pots for the summer. I tended to forget about them when dormant, and they didn't look like  much by the time it got to about March, but I gave them plenty of tlc once there was a bit of new growth.
    They need a lot of feeding and watering to get them growing well though. Perhaps that could be the reason yours haven't succeeded? The root system gets big very quickly.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,251
    I have certainly seen them looking wonderful, in Inverewe gardens.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    Cannas to win 2-1 after extra time ...
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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037
    Inverewe has a bit of a microclimate. It is a lot warmer than the rest of Scotland due to the Gulf Stream and they manage to grow a lot of exotics.  Unfortunately I live a long way from there! 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,171
    I think your conditions might be fairly similar to mine hogweed.  :)
    I always kept mine in as shelterd a position as possible, which was often tricky as the aspect with the best sun, is also in the path of the prevailing wind and rain! 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • The Bald GardenerThe Bald Gardener South West ScotlandPosts: 212
    Cannas to win 2-1 after extra time ...
    Damn! I just knew someone would beat me to it.   
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    Cannas to win 2-1 after extra time ...
    Damn! I just knew someone would beat me to it.   
    :wink:
  • The Bald GardenerThe Bald Gardener South West ScotlandPosts: 212
    Wouldn't happen at rugby mind you.  ;)
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037
    @Fairygirl. Snap! Although this time I will overwinter it in the greenhouse! And I thought the smaller one might flower sooner! Ever the optimist me!
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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