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A 2013 All-America Selections winner, South Pacific Scarlet is the first hybrid canna available from seed that is not a dwarf. The sturdy stalks grow 4 to 5 feet tall and 12 to 18 inches wide with deep green, upright foliage resembling banana leaves.
The spectacular clusters of lily-like, 4 inch brilliant scarlet flowers have yellow splashed throats. Cannas are ideal for creating a tropical look to the sunny areas of your garden, blooming throughout the summer and into the fall. They can be grown in containers as well, where they grow slightly shorter. Winter hardy to Zone 8, tubers can be winter-stored in a frost-free place in colder zones. Can be grown as an annual in all zones. Flowers the first year in as little as 80 to 110 days from seed.
Nick seed coat with nail clippers or knife, then soak in warm water over-night. Next, sow in cell packs or 2 inch pots, ¼ inch deep. Needs darkness to germinate. Cover with newspaper and keep out of direct sun. Apply bottom-heat to improve results. Kept at 70°F., germination is in 8-21 days. Transplant into the garden 18-24 inches apart after all danger of frost.