Planting Cannas Plant cannas in the spring when soil temps warm to 60 degrees.


Planting cannas is super easy and so rewarding when their big, beautiful blooms are rocking your flowerbeds all summer long.

The first step is pick an area of that receives at least four hours of direct sunlight.  Cannas easily grow in full or partial sun, as long as they receive a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sun.  Morning or afternoon sun is great.

We recommend planting cannas when the soil temperature is 60 degrees or warmer.  Some people ask how to determine soil temps.  Check online for state extension websites that publish this information for your state.  Or, dig a small hole two inches deep and insert an old fashioned mercury thermometer into your soil.

Before spring planting, soil can be amended with compost, manure and a high nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer if needed.  Dig a hole and lay the rhizome horizontal with eyes pointing up.  (And if you happen to plant with the eyes facing to the side or down, no worries!  The new growth will easily find its way toward the sun.)  Cover the rhizome with one to two inches of soil.

Cannas are slow to sprout and do not require much water until you begin seeing signs of growth.  Sometimes is takes as many as three weeks for cannas to sprout.  Once sprouted, water cannas at least once a week by slowly soaking the area around the roots.  During the hottest weeks of the summer, give the plants a good soaking drink of water every other day.

----For our Friends in Colder Areas

For our friends in the northern states with a shorter growing season, cannas can be started indoors or in greenhouses.  Move the cannas outdoors and plant cannas in the ground when soil temperatures reach 60 degrees.

A growing guide is included on each variety page on our site on the tab labeled 'Growing Guide.'  We include growing instructions inside each order.  Click here for a printable version as well! -->   Growing Instructions 

Please let us know if you have any questions.  We are always glad to help!

Happy planting!  -Nikki