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Feb 01, 2013
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Cannas Not Flowering
by: Raelene from Cannas-Australia

Hi Dianne, well said, first to come to mind is well it obviously does flower and yes a full sun spot would encourage it to produce more, factors I will throw in are, 1- soil, is the spot equal to its earlier flowering position, 2- when/how long has it been in this new sunny position? And what is your weather doing? are the night and days getting cooler, 3- well generally the orchid or Italian type cannas example: Austria has shown what I would call poor flowering in reasonably good conditions, It has heaps of clumping growth with only 3-4 flowers, 4- yes some are late to flower especially Musafolia (flowering starts in March) where as the Musafolia Hybrid is one of the first to flower in October.

I raised back in 2007 some interesting cannas that to date still haven’t flowered.

Earlier recount “I have a beautiful canna with pinkish brown leaves with a red flower, and a gorgeous one with soft tan colored brown leaves another that I’ve raised has unusual grey brown toned leaves. These last two the tan brown and the grey brown were raised back in 2007 and still haven’t flowered, I keep them as foliage plants, but I’m still hopeful that one year they may produce flowers. The pinkish brown canna above was also raised in 2007 and it only just had its first flowers at the start of May in 2010, this is incredibly late as my other cannas start flowering from early to mid October. Chances are when and if these other two cannas do produce flowers that they will be red also.”

I like plants to go through a good summer in the same spot to see its true habits and traits.
Regards Raelene

Feb 01, 2013
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No Flowers?
by: Dianne

Hi! That sounds very unusual to have no flowers in full sun, but not unheard of .. did it grow from seed or a rhisome division? If you aquired it as a potted plant, it could be hard to tell either way, as it could be a division of a plant grown from seed, or an individual one grown from seed.
The best way to make sure you get a good flowering plant of canna (what ever variety) is to get one as a division from the canna you like, that produces good flowers.

Plants grown from seed have a natural variation from 'parent' plants due to genetic factors from the pollination process, eg. like a mixed litter of pups or kittens, they can all look different.

IF you've aquired a division of a canna that wasn't a good flower producer, or slow to mature to flowering stage, the division will also be EXACTLY the same.
When Canna growers are trying to breed a new variety, they may have to plant & grow 100's of seeds to produce a 'good' plant that they are happy to 'introduce' (like my 'Love Child').. most of the 'failures' or ones that 'don't make the grade' are destroyed & the grower will simply not continue with that plant.
I have seen potted canna at markets & stalls (& on the net) that have been grown from seed .. without flowers etc nobody could guess 100% what they would turn out like .. best results are by divisions, as they are genetic 'clones' & give you a 'known' result.
All that aside, I'd also suggest that you add a lot of mulch & clean organic matter (compost, etc) to the soil around the canna & make sure it receives a good deep watering at least monthy. Cannas are 'gross feeders' & love natural fertilizers like that .. as they do do a lot of growing & use vast energy producing leaves & flowers, this may help. Check to see if your soil may allow water & nutrients to drain away too fast also .. this MAY be a factor.
I do know of growers who have had canna take years to flower & I think I read on Raelene's pages that she had one that didn't flower at all but was a lovely foliage plant .. maybe Raelene could recount that here for you?
Let us all know how you go! Happy Gardening, Dianne. :)

Feb 01, 2013
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MY YELLOW CANNAS ARE NOT FLOWERING
by: Anonymous

I HAVE SO MANY BEAUTIFUL CANNAS IN BLOOM WITH DIFFERENT SIZES & COLOURS BUT AM WONDERING WHAT I HAVE DONE WRONG WITH THE PLAIN YELLOW. HAVE HAD 3 FLOWERS IN A SEMI SHADED POSITION BUT NOTHING AT ALL IN FULL SUN CAN YOU HELP?

Mar 26, 2012
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New Australian Garden Canna Love Child
by: Raelene from Cannas-Australia

Hi Dianne, I like its wide round blooms and the soft changing colours and that it holds its flowers above the foliage, well done on a good plant description detail and very appropriately named, looks a good quality flower keeper for three days, am sure it will give you many years of beautiful canna blooms, it’s never boring seeing what other have accomplish and how they grow, Thank you for sharing your new home bred beauty canna Love Child with us, it’s a keeper, take care Raelene

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