Bethel and Jonathan dug up 100+ bulbs of yellow canna lilies this weekend from a friend’s home – and he would like to see them passed around the community. Please contact Bethel (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve some canna lilies for your garden!
According to eHow.com, the yellow canna is a tuberous perennial plant blooms in a striking shade of yellow and some varieties have red freckles scattered across the flower. This plant is so hardy that, according to a study published in the journal, Nature, a 600 year old canna seed, found in a South American archaeological site, actually germinated and flowered. It should come as no surprise then that the yellow canna will provide your garden with continuous blooms from summer through fall.
Transplanting and Care instructions:
- Spread up to 4 inches of compost on the new site. Dig down to a depth of about 6 inches and turn the compost under. Rake the area smooth and dig a hole 4 to 6 inches deep and about a foot wide for each canna to be transplanted.
- Dig up one of the cannas to be transplanted. Make sure a large amount of dirt clings to the root ball when you lift it out of the ground. Try to keep as much dirt on the roots as possible.
Place the canna into one of the pre-dug holes. Try to set the plant at the same level at which it was growing before you dug it up. Fill the hole with dirt and press down gently.
Water thoroughly. Let the water pool at the base of the plant and then soak in. Do this at least twice.
Repeat Steps 2 to 4 for each canna you are transplanting.
- Sheltered Location
The yellow canna will thrive in a warm area with dappled sunlight. Although it can tolerate wind, it is best to provide some shelter if you have particularly strong gusts in your area. Next to a house or shed would be ideal. You can plant your yellow canna in full sun, but the leaves may scorch. The ideal light is partial shade that gets spots of sunlight.
The yellow canna should be given a good start with a deep digging of the planting site and some nutritious soil amendments. Amendments, such as manure and compost, not only provide a healthy start for your canna, but help aerate the soil and allow for better water drainage as well.
You will want to provide the roots of your yellow canna with a slightly acidic environment. If you have a soil pH tester, aim for a pH of between 6.1 to 6.5. Dig up the soil to a depth of 12 inches, turning it with a gardening fork to remove any large clumps of soil. Add to the soil any amendments necessary to lower the pH. This can include ground rock sulfur, composted leaves, cottonseed meal or peat moss. Mix the amendments into the soil well and level the soil with the back of a rake.
Add a 2-inch layer of compost and a high-nitrogen fertilizer such as one suitable for roses or tomatoes. Follow the directions on the fertilizer package for the recommended amount to use. Water well before planting your canna, and then make sure that the soil remains moist throughout the growing season.
Add mulch around the base of your yellow canna and replace it with fresh mulch at the beginning of every growing season. Mulch will help provide nutrients to the soil as it decays and it also acts as a protective barrier to keep the soil from drying out.