Canna Indica Seeds (Indian Shot Seeds)

Canna Indica Seeds (Indian Shot Seeds)

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This plant can survive long periods of dryness, but a more regular watering will make the foliage more stunning.

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Canna indica, the Indian Shot, is a magnificent exotic flower that is found in South America, the Caribbean, Africa and tropical Asia. This tropical beauty can reach 2.5 meters high. The plant blooms in July and the inflorescence persist until November. It is made up of a group of huge red flowers, each blending tints of orange, yellow and even purple. These flowers appear at the top of a long and rigid stem, greenish-purple. The foliage is very similar to the one of the banana tree. The leaves usually measure less than one meter and have different tints from green to purple. It will take several years before the plant produces flowers. Hardiness zones 8-11 (-10°C/15°F, 4°C/40°F) in winter. The foliage does not resist to frost. The plant can still survive if it loses its leaves, they will grow back in spring. A healthy Canna can support a temperature as cold as -12°C. The ideal climate for culture is hot and dry. Canna indica adapts easily to a tempered climate if planted in direct soil. Placed outside, it supports well a full-sun, but mid-shade is better if cultivated in a glasshouse or a veranda. This plant can survive long periods of dryness, but a more regular watering will make the foliage more stunning.
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Common name Indian Shot
Family No
Genus No
Species Canna indica
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses No
Germination First, you will need to scarify the seeds, then soak the seeds in hot water for 24 hours. This will make their germination easier, as those seeds are tough. Plant your seeds, in a rich soil made of humus and gardening soil. Place the seeds on the surface and cover them with a layer of manure. Fertilize twice a month and keep the soil humid. Give a lot of sun exposure to your plant. Germination can take several months, close to a year, don’t get discouraged.
Scarification / Stratification Seed coats may be so hard that they are impermeable to water. They need to be scratched or broken using a knife or sandpaper, in order to germinate. Chip the seeds with a sharp knife or make a few swipes with a sharp edged file or use sandpaper to allow moisture being more readily absorbed.

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