LET­TER OF THE WEEK

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - GARDENING -

Dur­ing the sum­mer I grew a strik­ing, striped-leaved canna in a large pot. It flow­ered in Septem­ber. I don’t have a green­house but would love to keep it for an­other year. Will it sur­vive out­side though?

ROBERT WELLS – VIA EMAIL

It is un­likely it will put on a sim­i­lar per­for­mance again if it spends the whole win­ter out­doors, sim­ply be­cause even mild win­ters here go on too long. Can­nas (orig­i­nat­ing from Cen­tral Amer­i­cas and Caribbean), need a long, hot sea­son in or­der to flower, and when grown here, a lit­tle ex­tra warmth in the spring is needed to en­able them to pick up suf­fi­cient speed to flower. Noth­ing ven­tured, noth­ing gained, how­ever, and you could al­ways try the fol­low­ing:

Hav­ing cut down the old leaves, bub­ble-wrap the con­tainer and shove it un­der your gar­den bench or ta­ble, against the house

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.