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Q.Removing Pods Vs. Removing Flower “stalk”

Zone 32726 | flowerflaneur added on June 8, 2024 | Answered

Greetings, I’ve been reading through many articles about canna lilies, which are brand new to me, but they are lovely and I’m trying to learn to take care of them the best I can. I’m trying to clarify a few things I am not completely sure about: 1. Once a flower has bloomed and has fallen off, a new flower will NOT re-grow from the same pod, and that the remaining pod is basically just storing a seed and will not reflower in the future, is this correct? 2. If I am not interested in the seeds, is there any point in removing just a single seed pod? If I don’t wish to use seeds I should instead just “deadhead” by pruning the entire flower stalk just above the point of the node of any new growth, correct? Thank you for any assistance in these answers.

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Answered on June 10, 2024

You got it! If you do not want them, you can remove the stem as close to the base as you can without cutting into the base. The quicker you remove flowering stalks after blooming the better. By this, I mean when you first notice the pod forming. You won't cause any harm to them, and may even make the foliage more full doing this.

This article will help you with the general care, which will guarantee that your canna thrives to its potential:


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