How to Plant Cannas

Cannas bring vibrant tropical color to the late-summer garden. With these tips, you can enjoy them year after year.
Summer Cannas

Summer Cannas

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

When to Plant: Late spring
At Their Best: Midsummer to fall
Time to Complete: 30 minutes for planting

Materials Needed:

  • canna rhizomes
  • organic matter, such as compost
  • mulch
  • straw
  • chicken wire or wooden box

Siting Cannas

These plants need a hot and sunny spot to flower well — a south-facing, sheltered area is ideal. Also, make sure that your cannas aren't shaded by neighboring plants, or competing with them for moisture, which can affect flowering.

Improve the Soil

Cannas are thirsty plants, so improve the soil with organic matter to help retain moisture. To plant, dig a hole about 8 inches deep and lay a rhizome in it horizontally. Refill the hole with soil, water well and apply a layer of mulch.

Overwintering

In the fall, after frost has blackened the leaves, cut down the stems. In mild regions, cover the rhizomes with straw, pinned down with chicken wire. In colder areas, lift and store them in dry potting mix, in a cool, dry, frost-free location.

Cover Rhizomes With Straw

Cover Rhizomes With Straw

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Plant in Gardening Containers

To ensure that plants in gardening containers grow and perform as well as possible, you need to plant them properly.

How to Plant a Kitchen Herb Garden

Have some extra space in your yard or garden? Plant a fresh and simple herb garden only steps away from the kitchen.

How to Plant a Cactus Container Garden

Yee-haw! Turn a container into a desert landscape by filling it with prickly cacti and other succulent plants.

How to Plant a Cactus Container Garden

Yee-haw! Turn a container into a desert landscape by filling it with prickly cacti and other succulent plants. 

How to Plant an Herb Container Garden

Herbs have been grown all over the world for centuries for their flavor and healthful benefits. Learn how to plant an herb container garden.

How to Create a Garden Planting Calendar

Avoid the temptation of planting too early by making a calendar with planting times for various crops. Follow these steps.

How to Plant a Poppy Container Garden

Learn how to plant a container garden for various types of poppies with this step-by-step gardening guide.

How to Plant a Colorful Container Garden

Learn how to add a few potted plants and flowers to your outdoor space with these guidelines.

How to Plant a Garden Border

Flower and shrub borders provide color, scent, and seasonal interest, making them an essential part of the garden.

1,000+ Photos

Browse beautiful photos of our favorite outdoor spaces: decks, patios, porches and more.

On TV

You Live In What?

6:30am | 5:30c

Big Easy Reno

7:30am | 6:30c

Flip or Flop

8:30am | 7:30c

Flip or Flop

9:30am | 8:30c

Flip or Flop

10am | 9c

Flip or Flop

10:30am | 9:30c

Flip or Flop

11am | 10c

Small Town, Big Flip

11:30am | 10:30c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Fixer Upper

1pm | 12c

Fixer Upper

2pm | 1c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Fixer Upper

8pm | 7c

Fixer Upper

9pm | 8c

Good Bones

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Fixer Upper

12am | 11c

Good Bones

1am | 12c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Fixer Upper

3am | 2c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.