Cannas: Lost Forever?
From America’s Expert Source for Heirloom Flower Bulbs
Although we love them, and we’ve worked hard to preserve and share the best of them with you, we’ve decided to stop selling all but one of our cannas — at least temporarily.
A new virus has been attacking cannas worldwide in recent years, and despite herculean efforts by our expert American growers, we became troubled by what we started seeing in our trial gardens and hearing from our customers.
We’re nationally acclaimed for delivering great bulbs, and that’s the only kind of bulb we want to deliver. When we can once again be sure that every canna we ship is superbly healthy, we’ll offer them again — and celebrate! But right now that’s beyond our reach.
Except for one — ‘Ehemanii’. It’s the only canna grown for us in a tiny nursery in Texas, and it’s still as healthy as can be.
And we’re not abandoning our other rare cannas altogether. With an eye to the future — and the possibilities that tissue-culture offers — our indomitable Missouri grower will continue nurturing the best of them as scientists, farmers, and enthusiasts around the globe search for solutions.
Coming to this decision has been a painful process. Our mission, after all, is to “Save the Bulbs,” and we feel for our growers. But we’re convinced that it’s the right decision.
Since there’s no cure, we recommend that you destroy any canna that has developed symptoms of the virus, including leaves that are twisted, mottled, or streaked (unless of course they’re supposed to be variegated). If we shipped you a canna that you think may have been virused, please accept our apologies and contact us so we can make things right.
Then with canna lovers everywhere we’ll look forward to brighter days ahead.
Learn more about the virus from England’s leading canna expert.