Yellow Cannas are the most desirable summer plants. They are native to West Indies and South America.
Yellow Cannas are mostly used for ornamental purposes. They add an instant flair in your garden. The flowers are large and dazzling with variegated leaves. They belong to the family of Cannaceae.
Cannas require a lot of basic resources to grow although you don't have to pamper them.
These are quite easy to grow and are capable of tolerating moist soil.
The average height of the Canna is around 5 to 6 and a half feet tall. They spread up to 2 feet wide inside the ground cover.
The plant requires slightly neutral soil with basic ph ranging from 6.5 to 7.5. Use a soil which is well-draining and is rich in organic matter.
A mature canna requires 2 to 3 cups of water daily. Make sure you keep them moist. Use a well-draining pot to have a tall stalk.They can spur their growth even in sitting water.
The flowers are tall, yellow in color and bloom during the season of fall. The foliage is large with colorful leaves.If the springs are cool then it may take time to bloom. They resemble like lilies hence the name.
Yellow Cannas require fertilizers which are high in phosphorous, feed the plant once or twice in a month to have a constant bloom. These are hungry plants.
They feed most of the fertilizers inside their rhizomes.
Mulch the lilies periodically to retain the moisture.
Cannas are heat lovers. They want a lot of heat to grow. Provide direct sunlight for 3 to 5 hours but make sure they are not overexposed. Place the plant under partial shade during the scorching heat. If you are planting it indoors; then place it at the south-facing window where it would be showered with plenty of sunlight.
Canna lilies are prominently used as flowers for bouquets.
Cannas attract a lot of hummingbirds and butterflies. The plant is often regarded as lilies but they are not true lilies.
Some say that the bulbs of yellow cannas contain antioxidants and antibacterial properties. They can treat viral infections and burns.
Cannas are usually not affected by insects or diseases due to the waxy substance covering the leaves. So usually, the plant is repelled by insects and fungus. Although insufficient water can cause yellowing of leaves and cause leaves to damage.
At times, the plant can get prone to caterpillars and slugs.
Besides the various viruses like tomato spotted wilt virus or bean yellow mosaic can affect the Cannas.
Use vinegar and neem oil occasionally to get rid of them.