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Canna Generalis

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From: Mike Stinn
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Wheaton, IL
I received 2 canna bulbs. I dried them off and put them in a paper bag in my furnace room. As I started researching the plant, I realized this was not the best method of storage. Should I even bother planting them, and if so any special treatment? Thank you!

 
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From: Douglas B. Gucker
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
DeWitt/Macon/Piatt Unit
dgucker@illinois.edu
Mike:

From your research, you may have noted that canna bulbs are actually rhizomes and not a true bulb. A rhizome is a specialized stem that sends up leaves and flowers. What this means is that bulbs can be stored air-dry and rhizomes need to be stored dry but without it drying out.

If your canna 'bulbs' are still pliable, then you may still have viable 'bulbs' to plant. If the 'bulbs' are hard and brittle, forget it.

Here is a site from U. of Minn. that describes how to store a variety of plant 'bulbs'. http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG1117.html

Hope this helps-

 
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