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Seedlings Progress

Saturday, February 7th, 2009


Canna seedlings - 2/6/09
Canna seedlings – 2/6/09

Only about half of the canna seeds in this tray have germinated, but never give up easily. Some may take three or four weeks to come up.


Dill and cilantro - 2/6/09
Dill and cilantro – 2/6/09

Leaf lettuce and Erodium 'Sweetheart' - 2/6/09
Leaf lettuce and Erodium ‘Sweetheart’ – 2/6/09

Canna Seeds Sprout

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Baby cannas emerge.
Baby cannas emerge.

The canna seeds I planted last week began showing sprouts. At first, they are white, but turn completely green before their first day is done.

Starting Canna Seeds

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009


Canna seeds require special preparation before planting.
Canna seeds require special preparation before planting.

Canna seeds have an extremely hard outer skin. It is necessary to open a tiny hole in the skin to let in moisture so the seed can begin to germinate. The method that works for me is needle-nosed pliers and coarse sand paper. Other methods include pet nail nippers and grinding wheels.


Sand off just enough of the dark skin to expose a tiny spot of white.
Sand off just enough of the dark skin to expose a tiny spot of white.

Don’t sand off too much. The seed could be damaged by excess grinding.


An empty water bottle makes a good soaking container.
An empty water bottle makes a good soaking container.

Put your seeds in an empty bottle and add about one or two inches of hot (not boiling) water. Using a bottle with a lid prevents irritating spills. After 24 hours of soaking, the seeds are ready to plant.


Add hot water and soak 24 hours.
Add hot water and soak 24 hours.

Collecting Canna Seeds

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

Seed pods of Canna 'Dawn Pink'
Seed pods of Canna ‘Dawn Pink’

I’m collecting seeds from my canna plants. The seed pod forms at the base of the flower. If it is fertile, it will grow larger. Don’t pick until the pod is completely dry and starting to crack. The seeds are dark and round. Notch the seeds with a file and then soak them for 48 hours. Plant 1/2″ deep.

Dried seed pod ready to pick
Dried seed pod ready to pick


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