How to Pick Canna Lily Bulbs

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Learn how to choose the perfect canna lily bulbs for your summertime garden in this free educational video series. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi I am Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert Village. Calla lilies are beautiful beautiful plants that are not really in their own family, they are a canna. They are native to Mexico so they are one of the few Mexican bulbs that we enjoy in our gardens. They come in many shapes and many colors but one thing that they have in common is that they have large leaves that look very tropical so this particular canna lily is called Derban although it is not native to South African it is from Mexico but supposedly this was hybridized in South Africa and it can be found all over the world. The bulb itself is more of a tuber or a root stock and it has lots of runners and the runners will take off and develop into new bulbs and they just have little nodes and you can just break the off and start new plants. I have found it is almost easier to leave the in one big clump because you will get a lot of nice show the first year as opposed to splitting it up and taking a few years to get the really nice show. If you do not split them up then you will get a nice clump and you will have huge five to six foot tall blooms the very first year. They are great in containers because of the foliage. They are great in an entryway. They are great in the back of the garden. There is lots of different canna varieties. There are shorter ones like Princess Diana which is a beautiful peach color and they only get a foot tall and they there are huge ones like Robert Kemps that get eight or nine teen feet tall. Big green leaves with red flowers. Whether you plant them in the sun or part shade as long as it is a warm spot. They will do great and they will just make a beautiful addition to your yard. Canna lilies are from Mexico but we also have another plant called begonias that are originally from Mexico.