Canna Lily: Jan 17, Flower of the Day

For Cee’s FOTD

10 thoughts on “Canna Lily: Jan 17, Flower of the Day

  1. SAM VOELKER

    Beautiful, however I only like to see Canna Lilies, that others have grown, but have always had a serious problem with Leaf Rollers and especially Snails and slugs. It seems that they love Canna’s and with my luck, once they get into the garden, they move on to other plants, eating big holes everywhere~!
    SAM

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      My snails prefer the hibiscus, unfortunately, but if you want a hint about how to get rid of them of how to protect specific plants, this works every time, Sam. When you cut your hair, save the hair clippings, cut them up as fine as possible and scatter them around your plants. The hair gets in the shells of the snails and drives them crazy so they leave the plants alone. I’ve done this a number of times when they get bad and they go away entirely!!! Try it.

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      1. SAM VOELKER

        Thanks for the suggestion~! However I just do not have that problem out here due to lack of moisture, but I did when we lived in Houston. The only thing the worms bother are my Mountain Laurel and I use Bacillus Thuringiensis, Just ask for “BT”. As to feeding the caterpillars I have ten different types of “milk weed”, thistle, and a couple of Catalpa trees for them to feed on and this keeps them happy, plus giving me beautiful flowers and plants.

        My main problem is fire ants and other “bugs”, so I use diatomaceous earth, This, again, it is referred to by its initials “DE”. Both of these are safe around the pets. “DE” does exactly the same thing as what you refer to in using chopped up hair. It cuts up their “little legs n things” Two things though, (bad) I don’t cut my own hair and (good) as to DE, it is what I use in my rainwater filtration system, so have it by large amounts of it on hand.

        There is a third thing I use that is safe around the pets, and it is a spray called “EcoLogic” in which the active ingredient is Lemongrass (smells nice). Though they claim that this is “safe”; I am still careful around the pets with it and only use it if mosquitoes are giving me a swatting problem outside.

        As to Canna Lilies, I grew them in Houston with the problems mentioned, my best remedy was to cut them back in the late fall, and remove all the cuttings as this is where they hid from me~! But cannas and hibiscus would be rather difficult to grow out here, except in the riparian area of my pond, so I just plant other things like Louisiana Iris, orchids, and ginger plants there, with Star of Texas hibiscus and water lilies in the deeper water. No problem with fire ants this past summer, it was so hot and dry they must have gone deep underground.
        SAM

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          We had huge infestations of leafcutter ants here. Usually they form a broad column an inch or two wide but this year they covered the sidewalks..and they decimated the hibiscus hedge between my house and my neighbor’s. I use a white chalk that they carry back to their nest on their legs. It eventaully stopped them. They would strip my entire property if I didn’t.

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          1. SAM VOELKER

            Do you have fire ants~? I think that there are several classes of lief cutter ants, mine are not bad, usually in the open grass. We used to have many horned toads, which fed on them but poison has about wiped the toad out. (referred to as horney toads), maybe if they were, they would not have died out. They were sweet little lizards which I liked~!

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          2. SAM VOELKER

            hummm~!! I wonder if that white chalk is like “DE” which is fossilized skeleton remains of tiny aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons which are white looking like chalk but with rough stickers when looked at under a microscope. Maybe the same thing or same effect and yes it sticks to their legs taking it back to the QUEEN~!. I wonder if it would work on conservatives who march in a crowded lines to cause havoc~!

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