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Organic Canna indica 'Cleopatra' - Indian flower reed

Organic Canna indica 'Cleopatra' - Indian flower reed

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The Canna 'Cleopatra' is a tropical plant and is also called 'Indian flower reed' and is known for its striking and colorful leaves and flowers. The 'Cleopatra' has leaves with a striking pattern of red, yellow and green. From the tuber, 1 or more sturdy, reed-like flower stems grow above the canopy, reaching a height of about one meter. This has given her the name 'canna', which is Latin for 'reed' and she is also very suitable as a cut flower. At the top of the flower stems, several flower buds develop with yellow/red flowers that bloom one after the other. The spent flowers develop large, round seed pods that are also decorative afterwards.

The roots multiply well underground every year. This makes the plant very popular among gardeners.

How, where and when do I plant canna tubers?

Indoor pre-growth

A Canna 'Cleopatra' is not hardy. This allows the tubers to be grown indoors from March onwards. This gives an advantage in growth and the cannas bloom sooner. The plants can be put outside after the ice saints (May 15), or earlier if the weather is good, but be careful of night frost, then they will have to go back inside at night.

Outside in the garden

If you choose to wait until after frost before planting the canna tubers, it is best to do so until May 15. From then on, the tubers can be planted in the ground without any risk of frost and they will bloom approximately 60-90 days later.

Plant the canna tuber with its new growth shoots pointing upwards, just 2 to 3 centimeters below the ground and keep a distance of half a meter from tuber to tuber.

The planting time is until June.


A canna prefers a sunny position in a nutrient-rich, water-permeable, preferably a calcareous, sandy soil.
The Canna 'Cleopatra' grows to a meter high with sturdy flower stems like reeds and has medium-sized flowers, so they do not need to be supported, but we recommend planting it in a sheltered spot.

For pot planting, it is best to use a pot that is at least 40 centimeters wide, so that it does not dry out too quickly in the summer.

Care of the canna

Always keep the soil of the Canna 'Cleopatra' moist. Too dry soil can cause problems with growth and flowering.
She blooms for about 6 to 8 weeks. Let the leaves die completely so that the plant can gather strength for the following year as long as possible. Cut the withered plant down to the ground in the fall. Protect the tubers planted in the open ground with leaves against light frost in winter. In severe frost they should be stored frost-free in a dry place. The advantage of digging out is that the tuber can be divided every year.

Feed the plant several times a year for optimal results. The canna is a fast growing plant that can use a lot of nutrition.
We recommend Bio Kultura for organic potting soil, plant food and other soil improvers!


The tubers continue to grow well in the autumn. Do not remove the tubers from the ground too early for propagation. Just before the first frost is the best time. It is best to split the canna tubers only in the spring when the tubers go back into the ground. This prevents damage to the tuber, where mold can form during winter storage. It is best to store the tubers in a layer of peat or sand in winter.

However, we recommend dividing the Canna indica every 2 to 3 years.


The tubers of the Canna indica contain a lot of starch. The taste is similar to that of sweet potato and the leaf gives a lemony flavor when grilled or steamed.

Origin of the canna

The Canna indica is originally from Central and South America.

Organic Canna 'Cleopatra' - Skal NL-BIO-01 certified: 109459

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Flowering time: July - October
Planting time:
From May (or from March indoors)
Planting depth:
2 cm underground
Planting distance: 40 cm apart or more compact
100 cm high
Flower diameter: 10 cm wide
Soil PH: Loam, sandy soil - Slightly acidic/neutral
Winter hardiness:
Not hardy
Propagation: Good
Origin: South America
Family: Cannaceae (canna family)
Colour: Yellow Red
Bee-friendly: No
Fragrant: No
Bulb size: 1st size



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