Mid Atlantic Ventures in Gardening forum: Containers, Tropicals & House Plants #2 October 10

 
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ImageOnewish1
May 17, 2011 5:16 PM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
ooohh I like that early splendor!!!.. well a canna you want to keep fairly wet.. they can live in ponds... I usually put a ton of polymer gels in the bottom of any container with cannas.... do you have anything that likes wet soil?
Imagestormyla
May 17, 2011 5:28 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I don't know a lot about these annuals. Can the Amaranthus take wet soil. Shucks Allison, you just made me realize that I didn't use any watersorb with the impatiens. Where is my head today???? Thumbs down
ImageOnewish1
May 17, 2011 5:30 PM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
I am not sure.. maybe someone else will know.. I am thinking the love lies bleeding likes it dry.. it thrived in Michele's containers.. and she is not the best with watering.. but not sure about your type
Imagestormyla
May 17, 2011 5:32 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Will these kind get those long fuzzy ropes?
ImageOnewish1
May 17, 2011 5:50 PM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
no I think they are only foliage.. I think
Imagestormyla
May 17, 2011 6:08 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Guess I'll go check DG and find out.
Imagesallyg
May 17, 2011 6:41 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Those amaranth are likely just foliage with maybe eventualy a small upright seed head, think Celosia but small and not showy
Be sure to allow room in the Canna pot, I did Canna in a pot last year and they hit the sides and had to try to sprout down. I think like Allison said for Canna, wet and sunny.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
luvsgrtdanes
May 17, 2011 7:59 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Stormy I think the white and yellow calibrachoa would like nice with the canna especially if it is the dark leaf one. I had wave petunias in mine last year.
I agree they soak up the water. The hummers love then too Thumbs up
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

ImageOnewish1
May 17, 2011 8:00 PM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
yes they do!!!
Imagestormyla
May 17, 2011 8:55 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, guys! Sally, I'm not sure of what you mean by sprouting down.

Are you trying to tell me not to put too much in the pot with the Canna?
Imagesallyg
May 18, 2011 6:36 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Instead of the sprout being able to go sideways and up, it hit the side of the pot. When I pulled the roots apart this spring I found a number of funny sprouts going downward and trying to go around and find a route up the were like Confused how do I get out of here? I think I would have had more foliage last year without that effect.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
luvsgrtdanes
May 18, 2011 6:49 AM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Storm I noticed that too when the bulbs were too big for the pots.
The shallow roots on most annuals shouldn't give you a problem with Canna. Just make sure your pot is large enough for it.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagesallyg
May 18, 2011 7:01 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I agree
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
May 18, 2011 8:47 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks Gals! Now my pot is large enough, but based upon what Sally said, maybe the mouth of the pot isn't. I'll go measure it.
Imagestormyla
May 18, 2011 10:46 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
It's 21 " tall, but the mouth opening is just 10" across. Do you all think that is wide enough?
luvsgrtdanes
May 18, 2011 11:06 AM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
That should be OK Storm for one bulb. If you are going to save it in the pot over winter just make sure next spring you split it. They multiple pretty fast.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagestormyla
May 18, 2011 12:31 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks Ronnie. It is a really big Rhizome now. I asked Diana if I should cut it now and she said no.

If I plant a few plants in with it, will there still be enough room for the canna?
ImageOnewish1
May 18, 2011 6:39 PM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
the shoots come out from the sides and then go up... depends on the size of the root
Imagestormyla
May 18, 2011 8:29 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together

I think I might put the Canna in the pot, let the shoots break through the soil, then add some plants.
Imagestormyla
May 18, 2011 9:04 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I was trying for 10 freakin' days to paint this plant stand. Every time I would get one coat on it, it would rain again. Thumbs down I bought it at the end of the summer last year for $8 complete with the 6 terra cotta pots that fit into it.

It was painted an ugly shade something like a royal blue. It's finally done now and I filled it last night.

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