Canarina canariensis

Sue Evanetz
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 22:05:58 PST
Ok that’s enough already. How do I get started with one? It sounds just too delectable. Does anyone in Canada have a little bulb extra? I would be happy to remunerate.

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> On Jan 24, 2018, at 6:58 AM, Johannes-Ulrich Urban <> wrote:
> Dear All,
> Here is a modified post I sent to this list last October.
> I very strongly recommend growing Canarina in the open ground and not in pots. It can of course grow in pots but the difference to a plant in the open ground is striking. When my pot grown specimen was planted in a well lit corner of my former greenhouse in Germany more than 10 years ago it became a showstopper. Better and bigger every year. The tuber became so big that it raised the soil around the plant. I tried to dig it out when I moved to Portugal, unthinkable. So I wholeheartedly pushed a sharp spade right through it and got a good piece of dormant tuber with tiny purple buds. It had to go back into a pot because my new garden in Portugal is not yet ready for such a permanent plant. It forgave me the brutal treatment and has sprouted vigorously. It is a particularly large flowered form which I bought in a special nursery many years ago and as it is single cloned it never sets seed. Do allocate it a lot of space
> and some robust partner it can scramble through, I used a grapevine. My plant made shoots more than 4m long and flowered for several months in winter.
> A magnificent plant!
> Do never prune the shoots as the buds are always terminal. The plant requires a lot of water and benefits from fertilizer but it does not tolerate any frost whatsoever. I have seen it in its native habitat which is in the foggy zone of the Canary Islands, cool but absolutely frost free. I fully agree with Lee‘s comment.
> To update on my plant that was grown from the division: it is okay in its pot but has not flowered. The mother plant in Germany has not suffered and is flowering. As soon as I have a proper planting space I will set my potted specimen free.
> The dormant tuber does not like to bake in hot dry conditions. In its native habitat it remains slightly moist even during the dry season. My plant has always been tolerant of summer watering. Warm temperatures in spring will induce dormancy so keep it as cool as possible for as long as possible. Dormancy is short, my plant always sprang back to life at the end of August.
> A robust and very rewarding plant in the right place.
> Uli 
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