Cannas are an exciting and colourful landscape plant with dwarf, medium and tall growing varieties available for sale. They are a clump forming bush that are excellent used mass-planted for a showy flower display, or used as individual specimens interplanted with other trees and shrubs in your garden.
Greg, nurseryman local to our farm, and his family have been growing bulbs and perennials in Monbulk for over 25 years, and have collected and grown the most beautiful collection of Cannas including varieties with brilliant pink and blazing red flowers. Greg and his team grow and harvest Cannas from the fields each winter. A machine is used to slash the leafy growth off the Cannas leaving only 10-12″ of growth behind, the plants are then undercut with a machine which makes it easy to lift them from the field. Greg and his team, using a fork, hand dig each Canna plant from the ground.
The Cannas are then divided into divisions and have their tops and roots trimmed, they are then washed producing a nice healthy division to be planted or potted into the garden. The washing process consists of placing the cannas onto a conveyor belt machine, brushes and water run over the Cannas producing clean divisions. The excess water is run through a silt trap to ensure that the recycled water is clean. The Canna divisions are then bundled and packed ready for dispatch.
Planting & Care
Plant your Canna divisions in your garden or large pots burying the roots and most of the stalk into the soil, the top of the stalk should just poke out of the ground.
Cannas require a sunny position in the garden, they can become stunted if planted in shade. Cannas like regular watering and feeding with a general purpose fertiliser such as Devotion™ Time Release Fertiliser and a few handfuls of chook poo every couple of months.
Use In The Landscape
Cannas are quite fast growing and can reach their full height in just one growing season. Cannas are an upright clump forming plant that will add spectacular colour to your garden. They are ideal used in tropical style gardens, mass planted for dramatic flower colour and are great used interplanted with other trees and shrubs. Cannas are a very hardy plant and can withstand wetter areas and periods of dryness.