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Main characteristics of the indica cane

Cane indica is a rhizomatous perennial plant that came to Europe a few centuries ago directly from Latin America. It produces elongated oval and pointed leaves. They have a rather rigid consistency and have an intense green color tending to blue. Some have a margin of a contrasting shade. The stems begin to sprout in early June and continue to appear until the first winter colds. They can reach a maximum height of 150 centimeters and end with compact panicles composed of a set of colorful flowers. Indica canes produce yellow or red flowers but some new hybrid varieties have pink and salmon colored inflorescences. These plants are used to decorate gardens or to create colorful fences.

canna indica ” width=”745″ height=”597″ longdesc=”/giardino/bulbi/canna-indica.asp”>The indica cane must be planted in an area well exposed to direct sunlight. If the place where you live is subject to very hot summers, it is best to place the plants in semi-shaded places to prevent the leaves and flowers from deteriorating more quickly than usual. The rhizomes can withstand short and not too intense frosts. However, it is advisable to remove them from the ground and repair them within the four walls of the house if the winter is very cold. After drying them well in a shady and well-ventilated place, clean them from the earth with a soft toothbrush and then place them inside breathable fabric bags along with some sawdust. If you want to protect them from moths, use the common repellents that you commonly use for woolen clothes.

Watering and soil

Cane indica plants that live outdoors do not need to be watered. The rains are more than enough to meet their water needs. However, if the summer precipitations are very scarce, they can be irrigated only after checking that the soil is dry.From October onwards, watering must be suspended to allow the plant to enter vegetative rest. To help them during the flowering period it is necessary to add a liquid fertilizer to the water at least once a month. The best soil is soft and fertile, rich in nutrients but they develop without great difficulty even in less hospitable soils. The important thing is that there is good drainage to avoid serious problems to the root system.

Canna indicates: Multiplication and parasites

The multiplication of the indica cane can be carried out using the sowing system or the division of the rhizomes. Sowing is carried out in the spring after tilling the soil well and uprooting the weeds present. If you want to increase the chances of success, it is advisable to mix the soil with slow release organic fertilizer. The multiplication by division of the rhizomes must be done in the autumn period, when the plants finish producing new stems and new flowers. Uproot the plant you want to reproduce from the ground and gently divide the rhizome into two or three parts. Bury the new plants and fertilize them with plenty of organic. the indica reeds are not particularly sensitive to diseases or parasitic attacks in our latitudes.

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