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must dig up before winter frost Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
must dig up before winter frost Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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Growing Canna (red futurity)

We just bought several Canna 'Red Futurity' roots/rhizomes that we are planting in N's office. These are very tropical looking and require warmth so we figured they would be a perfect fit in that room. They came packaged with Caladium bulbs and a few elephant ear bulbs. We plan to plant our Cannas in a large pot that will remain indoors in that room, we may also plant a Caladium bulb with the Canna rhizomes or we may plant some cloeus with the Cannas. Cannas come in a variety of colors and sizes, some grow up to 7 feet tall. Their blooms and leaves are very tropical looking and they are absolutely beautiful. Specifically Canna 'Red Futurity' needs to be protected from frost. It can be grown grow outdoors in zones 8...

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Growing Calla Lilies

I just rescued some potted calla lilies from the grocery store. They were in the discount section where we often find perfectly good plants that just need the right care. These particular calla lilies were forced to bloom for valentines day, since their blooming period had passed they were being discarded. The great thing about bulbs, tubers and corms is that they usually will re-flower year after year when given the right growing conditions and care. Specifically calla lilies are grown from tubers and bloom in late spring and are considered "perennial bulbs" that will return year after year. They are hardy in zones 9 & 10 and can be left in the ground between blooming seasons, in all other zones they will need to be dug up, dried and stored...

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Gardening info: Growing Begonias

I bought some begonias last fall and have been growing them since. I got one hanging basket begonia and one upright plant with huge blooms. Neither one have flowered yet and I am on a mission to figure out why! Begonias don't like full sun! They actually prefer to have about 50% shade and need morning/ AM sun. Their leaves can become sunburned easily so be careful where you plant these guys! Begonias are another plant that can be killed by over watering them. Begonias need water but cannot become waterlogged! They should only be watered when the top soil is dry, be very careful to avoid over watering these! Begonias should be planted in the spring and many sites say that your begonia tuber should not be planted until a sprout appears...

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