How to plant indian shot rhizomes (Canna indica)
Indian shot (Canna indica) are lush plants that add a tropical touch to the garden. In this article we will learn how to plant indian shot rhizomes (Canna indica).
They are cultivated for the richness of their foliage but they also produce magnificent flowers, almost like a bonus.
Its leafy foliage can be used in flower beds and borders, but also in pots as the focal point of a patio or terrace.
Cannas are sensitive to low temperatures, can be grown outdoors in the summer, but must be protected during the winter.
They are greedy plants, which must be well watered and fertilized during the growing season.
How to plant indian shot rhizomes?
I received by mail a rhizome division of Canna indica ‘Phasion’ and another of Canna indica ‘Stuttgart’, two varieties with variegated leaves.
These plants are easily propagated by dividing their rhizomes. If we take some precautions, they will grow easily.
The plants arrived well packed and protected against dehydration.
I carefully remove them from the box. The Canna ‘Phasion’ rhizome…
And here the Indian shot ‘Stuttgart’ rhizome.
A clean cut has been made in the rhizome and you can clearly see healthy roots, which will be enough for the cannas to develop.
I plant it in a pot with generic potting compost.
I also plant the Canna ‘Stuttgart’ rhizome.
The compost must drain well, this is very important as the rhizomes can rot if they are planted in too much humidity. Low temperatures and humidity will be fatal for indian shot rhizomes.
I water and keep it in a sheltered place, with a mild temperature for the roots to develop. The temperature outside is still cold and so I place the pot in a shelter.
See the progress on the next page…