Canna Lilies

Are Canna Seeds Easy to Grow?

jeanette111 added on April 12, 2011 | Answered

I harvested the Canna seeds from my plants last fall. I would like to know the best way to raise them if you have had any luck raising them?

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Answered on April 13, 2011

The fastest way is to nick the seeds and soak them in water till the radicle (first root) appears which will be in about 4 to 10 days. You can then pot them up with the radicle pointing downwards - the first leaf will appear about a week later. Spring is ideal for starting them. They grow quite fast. That being said, the hardest part is nicking the seed. Some people have success with a big nail clipper, but it doesn't work for me. I use a damp towel to hold the seed and use a sharp exacto knife. If radicles don't show in 10 days, check the seed and if you see bubbles in the skin, just peel off the first layer and soak again.

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Answered on May 2, 2011

Thank you Nikki! It wasnt 3 days and the radicle appeared on over 50% of the seeds. Im excited to see how they grow this year.

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