When to Plant Cannas

Exotic, tropical creatures; the bright and beautiful blooms of cannas are hard to ignore. Cannas keep pumping out colourful flowers from late spring or early summer to frost. When most flowers can’t take the heat of late July and early August, cannas thrive. Discover when and where to plant gorgeous cannas in our gardening guide.

Canna rhizomes can be planted from spring through to early summer. Plant directly in the ground after the danger of frost has passed, or you can even start them off indoors as early as a month before the average last frost date (for earlier blooms).

Where to plant cannas

Plant cannas as a tall border; they are perfect for narrow spaces. Or, make cannas the focus of large patio pots filled with super bright annuals. Liven up plantings near water features or boggy areas where these cannas will happily thrive.

How to plant cannas

Dig a hole 2-3 inches deep and set the rhizome in the hole, eyes up. Cover with 1-2 inches of soil. Space rhizomes 1 to 4 feet apart. Cannas are slow to sprout and do not require much water until you begin seeing signs of growth

With the recent launch of our new spring range, check out our favourite new introductions to our Cannas range:

‘Semaphore’
‘Angelique’
‘Triomphe’

or check out our entire range online here:

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How to Start an Allotment

Have you ever thought about growing your own fruit and vegetables but lack the space in your own garden? Find out all you need to know about how to start an allotment from scratch along with our beginner planting suggestions.

How to start an allotment:

  1. Plan your plot

If there is no space for crops in your garden, contact your local council on allotment opportunities in your area. Once get your allotment, go for a plot size suited to your needs – half a plot is adequate for most people and ideal for beginners. Here are some initial plot planning steps:

  • Decide what style of vegetable beds you’d like
  • Decide what size of beds you’d like.
  • Make sure you include space for sheds / greenhouses / compost bins / water butts etc.
  • Make sure you consider where you’ll place trees, fruiting bushes, and other perennial (stay in the in the ground year on year) plants.

2. Weed maintenance

The biggest burden of an allotment owner…the weeds, and most allotments need continual hoeing and weeding. When prepping a plot, once you’ve cleared the weeds, dig the soil and remove weed roots. It’s worth investing in a push hoe and a draw hoe to be fully prepared for any weed problems.

  • Potatoes smother weeds, so plant them in the weediest areas.
  • Perennial crops such as fruit need no cultivation, but must be planted in areas that are clear of all perennial weeds.

3. Soil conditions

Once you get out all the roots of the weeds. Compost their foliage, and drown the roots in a bucket of water for 2 months (then you can add them to a compost heap). Turn a layer of compost into the first 5 –10cms of the soil and you are ready to plant!

Beginner plants for allotments:

Here’s our selection of plants for allotment beginners:

Allotment seasonal guide:

Winter ❄

In late winter, rains should have restored the soil to full moisture levels, if they have not left it soggy, battered and emptied of nutrients. You can get some crops off to a good start, although on difficult clay soils transplants raised indoors might be necessary.

Spring 🌸

Getting plants going well before late spring is essential. Crops grow best during the long, warm days and sunshine of late spring to late summer.

Summer ☀

Wet, but not too wet, summers are far better for allotments than hot, dry ones; crops need water to grow.

Autumn 🍂

By autumn, growth is tailing off in lower light levels, so little rain is needed; warm, dry weather is better for ripening produce now. Beware of wet weather that can lead to rots and unripe produce that won’t store well.

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