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I Have Orange Canna Lilies That Have Been Cut Down…

Gloria Asked

I have orange canna lilies that have been cut down due to dried up leaves. Will they return to normal?

The Gardener’s Answer

Hello, Gloria in Florida: The real question is do you know why the foliage turned brown? Cannas are commonly referred to as bulbs but are technically rhizomes. If the rhizomes are still viable, the canna should put on new growth. The climate where you are gardening is conducive to growing cannas as hardy plants. For those of us gardening in Kentucky this is considered a tropical, which has to be dug and stored for the winter months. Cannas are hardy in zones 8-11. The foliage will die back after a couple of frosts and return as temperatures warm again. At this point, only time will tell if the canna will put on new growth. Hopefully the rhizomes are still firm and the foliage dried up due to lack of moisture.

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