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Canna, Variegated Pretoria

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This variegated canna adds WOW to any garden or container.

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Canna is the most well known and popular tropical foliage plant used in gardening. And Pretoria is a very special canna;its light glossy green leaves are wonderfully striped with bands of white, cream and yellow. Used in both gardens and containers, Pretoria is all about texture and a brighter green leaf than you'll see in any garden. A definite WOW plant.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-48 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

16-20 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.

Erect

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  • Canna

    Canna
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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Canna: Start Seeds Indoors or Plant Tender Bulb

How to Sow and Plant

Canna may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or bulbs planted directly in the garden after frost.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors in March. Nicking the seed coat and soaking seed 48 hours can help improve germination.
  • Plant 1 seed per 11 inch pot or large cell tray 1/4 inch deep in seed starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting Directly in the Garden:

  • Plant bulbs or seedlings outdoors after all danger of frost.
  • Choose a location in full sun with rich, well-drained soil.
  • Cannas may be planted in the ground or in large containers.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Plant bulbs 1-2 inches deep 15 inches apart. The growing points should be on top.
  • Firm soil lightly with your hand, water and keep evenly moist.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering until fall.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Cannas are hardy only in zones 8-10 and should be dug up and stored over the winter in colder areas. Just after the first frost dig about 12 inches from the plant to make sure you do not damage the rhizome, and lift the clump from the ground. Cannas can spread during the season and you will be likely to find considerably larger rhizomes than you planted. Wash off the roots and cut off the foliage. Allow the rhizome to dry and store between 45 and 60 degrees F.
  • Cannas add a dramatic tropical look to any garden. Taller cannas make terrific herbaceous hedges, smaller varieties are ideal for containers.
  • The flowers are great for cutting.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
36-48 inches
Spread
16-20 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Growth Habit
Erect
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Flowering
No
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Flower color
Orange
Canna, Variegated Pretoria is rated 2.6 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Show Off Pretoria Canna is one of my favorite perennials. I try to have them in my front beds every year. In previous years, I was able to lift and store over winter. But now that I have moved. Storing them in the basement or the attached garage does not work. So I'll just keep buying them every year!
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Growth! Purchased 3 none came up. One was planted in a pot, the other two in the ground.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most time honored cannas, stunning Pretoria is both well known and highly regarded worldwide. Proven performer. I've bought it under this name as well as 'Bengal Tiger' and almost recently as 'Striata' ... good news then you get all three with 'Pretoria'. In person I like the plant better than the other similar leaved 'Golden Tropicanna' because 'Pretoria' has more solid deep orange flowers that contrast better. My impression is that 'Pretoria' might be a more vigorus grower too. The leaves contrast nicely with other canna. And if you like stunningly beautiful plants, this is one of the few that can be equally as stunning as the original 'Tropicanna'. Both being similarly orange flowered when paired together your eyes dart between them and your brain wonders how the 'same plant' can have such differently colored striped leaves! I find the rhizomes larger in diameter than many canna, it's a big grower. In my zone I"ve had to mulch it more than some to get survival. May be a little more zone tender? Dig and store inside at least part of the clump until you are sure in your location.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Non of them grew I bought these bulbs last spring for myself and friends. Non of the bulbs ever grew. I was disappointed:(
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never Grew The Canna's I bought never did anything. The never grew at all.
Date published: 2016-09-15
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