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Darold Petty

The good news;

I collected a high elevation form of this Canna in Ecuador in 1996. It grows very well here in San Francisco, a cool, humid USDA zone 10A. The stems are about 9 feet high, the foliage is reminiscent of Heliconia, hummingbirds are crazy for the flowers, it grows all 12 months of the year, every stem makes good seeds. The seeds are viable for a long time. I have a large crop of seeds.

The bad news;

The foliage is damaged by wind, similar to banana.

The seeds are difficult to germinate, with a low percentage of success. I tried scarification but that just seemed to increase rotting.

If you have a good technique share it with me!

More good news;

Send me your mailing address by PM and I will mail you free seeds. I will wait until Sunday the 25th of January and then divide the seeds by the number of responders. Each recipient will receive a minimum of 10 seeds ,based on order of response.

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Darold Petty

Seeds mailed minutes ago to eight recipients, everyone who made a request will receive seeds. Enjoy ! :winkie:

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Palm crazy

Darold thanks for the seeds. I finally got around to planting them in early August, a few germinated fast. Then I forgot about them for a few weeks, All my palms in the that tray died from heat and drought, including your canna. But then this week a few cannas started growing back,  One Tough Cookie.  Since then one more seed has sprouted. 

Thanks for your generosity! 

BTW: I used spring water (in bottle) to water them, LOL! Tray I used has no drainage either. 

 

~ Roger

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Darold Petty

Anyone else ?  I have more seeds now, although not as many as the first offer. PM me by Friday, Sept. 9th for free seeds.

  Please share your thoughts about the best technique for germination, thanks ! 

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Flounder

Here's my tuppence worth on germination.

Anyone who's attempted canna seeds know about the hard seed coat and the danger to life and limb trying to use a file/hacksaw/nail clippers to pierce this. All i do now is place the seeds in a cup, boil a kettle, make a hot beverage(different cup), cover seeds in first cup with boiled water, listen for the cracking noise of the seed coats. After a couple of minutes, drain the water and place seeds in your preferred growing medium. I've used the damp paper towel in ziploc bag method to good effect. Once you see the white root emerging which usually happens in 2-7 days, pot up separately.

The hot beverage is optional but why waste a boiled kettle;)

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Darold Petty

Thanks very much for the tuppence ! 

I mailed the seeds today to Bosnia, Canada (2), and Fresno.

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Flounder

Could I try them next time you have some please? I've talked a good game about germination, just need to demonstrate it!

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southpacific73

Just got my seeds today thanks Darold and I will let you know if I have any success with pictures.:D

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Jdiaz31089

I got mine also! Thank you! I'll update you on how my batch does 

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Jdiaz31089

I have germination! 2 of 12 so far today20160924_202339.thumb.jpg.b2f3d6878d78f9

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Darold Petty
On ‎9‎/‎16‎/‎2016‎ ‎1‎:‎47‎:‎05‎, Flounder said:

Could I try them next time you have some please? I've talked a good game about germination, just need to demonstrate it!

Send me your mailing address by PM.  You and Chris Chance will receive the last seeds.

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Chris Chance

Sweet! Thanks Darold. Can't wait to give these a try!

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Jdiaz31089

I have had just about 100% germination on these. There are just two seeds that haven't sprouted. I'm looking forward to seeing how these grow outside for me. Thanks Darold for your generosity! 

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Latinmtl67

I got my seeds yesterday :D i'm trying to germinate 8of them :) lets see 

thank you agan Darold :D

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Darold Petty

I mailed the last seeds yesterday to Sussex,England and Moreno Valley, CA.  If this Canna grows well for you recipients then remember my example, and pass on your seed to a third party gardener.  Thanks !  :greenthumb:   

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Flounder
2 hours ago, Darold Petty said:

I mailed the last seeds yesterday to Sussex,England and Moreno Valley, CA.  If this Canna grows well for you recipients then remember my example, and pass on your seed to a third party gardener.  Thanks !  :greenthumb:   

Brilliant, I'll put the kettle on;)

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Chris Chance

Seeds have arrived. Let the spouting begin.

Thank you Darold! I will most definitely give some away once I have some available.  

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Jdiaz31089

I thought I'd update you on these seeds.  I got just about 100% germination.  The squirrels took some, but what seeds were left have grown into this! 1477847886905-1599245985.thumb.jpg.16124

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Chris Chance

First one just popped through the soil. I'm sure more will show in the next few days.

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Blackislebennet

I have have acquired seeds of this species twice. I scarified them as with other Canna spp seeds and have had  good% of germination. Then, the problems start. Most of the seedlings died (damp off) before I could transfer them to their own, small containers. Bottom line- I have now succeeded with one of the seedlings, "uppotted" it twice and it already has several offsets. This species wants copious quantities of water and leaves can even burn in morning sum in the summer, here in Orange County, Calif.

 

Note: Most species of Canna grow in somewhat shaded conditions in their natural habitats. Despite the conventional wisdom, the species do not require full sun conditions to flourish in horticulture, especially in hot summer climates.

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