As I sit here on this dark, rainy, windy day, I’m quite keen for spring to arrive. Although not the most enthusiastic gardener, I do like to poke about, tidy up and I also have lofty ambitions for the garden when the budget allows. I hadn’t until recently considered any kinds of tropical plants for our garden, thinking that they would be unsuitable in our cold winter, but having read more about the Tropicanna plant, which is not only lush and colourful, but also very reasonable to buy (at around £5.99 for a starter plant) it seems that with careful pruning they can actually survive the winter quite happily and brighten your garden the following year.

The Tropicanna plants are available from Tesselaar International, a leading worldwide supplier of reasonably priced, minimum fuss plants in the Tropicanna canna, Tropicanna Gold and now Tropicanna Black varieties, each of which can be planted either in the ground or in pots and grow over a metre in height once fully established. Native to the Southern USA and Northern Argentina, these colourful and lush plants are very easy to manage – once planted they will pretty much tend to themselves until the first frost when you can just lop them off at ground level and leave them over the winter to bloom again in May.

To celebrate the release of the Tropicanna Black Canna, I’ve been given two Limited Edition watches to give away to two lucky winners. As you can see from the picture, they are fob watches, featuring all three of the Tropicanna canna plants. To enter, simply visit the Tesselaar International website and answer the following question:

This competition has now closed. The answer to the question is: The Tropicanna Canna will grow up to four feet tall in its first year.

The winners are Daniel Coles and Alasdair MacInnes and they have been notified. Thank you to all those who entered.

**Q: What height will the Tropicanna cannas reach in their first year?**

Answer in the comments below, ** leaving me a way to contact you** and for a sneaky second entry, tweet the following:

*“I’ve entered to win a watch with Tesselaar International and @svmitche: http://bit.ly/x3BqM8”* **and comment to tell me you’ve done so.**

**Important Notes**: The competition will end at 10pm on Wednesday 11th January and a winner will be selected at random and notified the next day. If I have not heard from the winner by Friday 13th January, then I will select another. Watches will be dispatched direct from the PR company. UK entrants only please. Good luck!

3-4 feet tall but can grow upto 6 feet tall.

@chloe1705

answer 6 feet tall

Between 3 – 6 foot tall

It will grow up to 4ft tall in its first year

5 feet

Up to 4 feet tall

@knightshade84

Retweeted too 😉

up to 4 feet tall in their first year

In a garden bed, up to four feet tall in the first year. So pretty big!!

answer 6 feet tall

upto 6 feet tall.

They can grow up to six feet, but three-four feet if container grown.

I have also retweeted on Twitter as @sh3llr 🙂

grow over a metre in height once fully established

up to 6 feet

Have tweeted as@RuthMarianna

Up to 6 ft

It grows to 4-feet tall in garden beds or in containers will grow 4 feet tall or more.

Tropicannas will grow up to four feet tall in the first year! (I’m a trend bucker, me!)

Plus you know I’m gonna tweet it 😉

tweeted as @angoraferrets

In containers and garden beds it was grow to 4 feet in the first year. lizbray@cheerful.com

4 feet tall in the first year

Tropicannas will grow up to four feet tall in the first year

Tweeted @becky0020

Maximum of 6ft

Up to 6 ft in height

Up to 4 feet tall in the first year

Tweeted @scrumpy11

6 feet

Tropicannas will grow up to four feet tall in the first year!

Between 4 & 6 ft in its first year.

Tweeted as @jennyp19

In garden beds, Tropicannas will grow up to four feet tall in the first year.

Upto 6 ft tall

grows to 4 feet tall in the first year

@spanglisher

Tweeted as @spanglisher

6 feet

up to 4 ft in first year @angiesandhu

Have also tweeted @angiesandhu

Up to 4 feet

6feet tall max 🙂

Up To *** 4 Foot Tall *** In Their First Year!

🙂

Up to 4 feet in the first year !!

it will grow between 3 to six feet

Answer – Up to 4 foot in the first year

Up to 4 feet tall

I am following via Twitter and have tweeted the message – tweet me @aesop57

Up to four feet in it’s first year. I’m @figgygee on twitter.

Up to 6 ft tall!

Tweeted @tracyknixon

4 feet

up to four feet tall in the first year

tweeted as well @theno1djcomp

Tropicannas can grow up to four feet in the first year

have tweeted

5 feet

Up to 4ft tall

3-4 feet tall but can grow upto 6 feet

@chocolateonemse

tweeted

@chocolateonemse

up to 6ft

around 4-6ft. Have tweeted!

4ft in year 1

4 feet in the first year! I wish I could grow something like this!

Up to 4 feet

answer 6 feet tall

Tropicannas will grow up to four feet tall in the first year!

they grow to 6ft

up to 4 feet tall in their first year

up to 6 foot tall

Up to 6 feet tall, blimey!

I’ve also tweet.. v_acarter

🙂 I love watches!!

In containers and garden beds it was grow to 4 feet in the first year.

@melandtony – tweeting

Up to 6 ft

Up to 6ft 😀

Have tweeted as @almac1965 😀

Up to 6 ft

Up to 4ft in first year

Up to 4 feet tall 🙂 …gorgeous colours

Tweeted too 🙂

here

https://twitter.com/#!/flofoxes/status/156349284575490050

@flofoxes

thanks for the chance to play 🙂

They can grow up to six feet, but three-four feet if container grown.

I have also retweeted on Twitter as @HebeFlowers

4 foot

tweeted @jacknutter1969

In garden beds, Tropicannas will grow up to four feet tall in the first year. xx

tweeted @mattalex2008

Tropicannas will grow up to four feet tall in the first year

In garden beds: grows to 4 feet tall in the first year.

Tweeted

6ft

4 feet in the first year, to a maximum of 6 feet in the right conditions

tweeted @davesbabe00

3 – 6 feet tall

Up to 4 ft tall in its first year

Full mature height of 4-6 ft achieved in one season.

@pepicola3

Also following and have tweeted – @pepicola3

up to 4ft tall

following and retweeted as @GemmaSaies gemski@yahoo.com

Up to 4 foot.

they can grow between 3 – 6 foot tall

Up to 6ft

6 feet tall

4-6 foot tall

up to four feet tall Tweeted @domsgran

Up to 6 ft

four feet

@wooohooo2me

will grow up to 4 feet in the first year

upto 6 feet tall.

Natty says:

January 9, 2012 at 1:32 am

6 feet

Up to four feet

I’ve tweeted – @GrooveHeart1

Between 3- 6 feet depending on age and if in a container or garden

In garden beds, Tropicannas will grow up to four feet tall in the first year.

4ft tall

Tropicannas will grow up to four feet tall in the first year. Tweeting @cistolic

5 feet tall

Normally up to 4 feet in the first year

Four feet

I have tweeted @nataliemay29

4ft tall and tweeted

Up to 4 feet tall!

Up to 4 feet 🙂 Retweeting as @sparky61 on Twitter 🙂

up to 4ft tall in the first year

4ft Tall

Grows to 4ft in the first year 🙂

@wombleloulou

Have Tweeted 🙂

@wombleloulou

4 feet tall in the first year. x

Up to four feet

Between 3 – 6 foot tall

Tropicannas will grow up to four feet tall in the first year

@pompeypaul30

Up to 4 feet tall in a garden bed

@Valt25

tweetwed @Valt25

Also tweeted 🙂

Up to 4ft

@emmiloam

Have tweeted.

@emmiloam

up to four feet tall

Twitter ~ @manna137

Have also tweeted ~ @manna137 🙂

up to 6 feet tall

up to 4 ft in first year

k.grieve@gmail.com

Around four feet tall.

Tweeted the message!

4ft

Up to 4 feet in the first year

The Tropicanna cannas reach 4ft tall in their first year.

Up to 4 feet tall in its first year

Up to 4 feet in the first year.

Up to 4ft tall in the first year, and @thesoupdrago44 on twitter ! tweeted, Thanks

up to 4 feet tall – @snarepuss

grows up to 4 feet tall in the first year 🙂

up to 4ft tall in first year!

up to 4 feet

Usually up to four feet tall, but can grow up to six feet in mild winter areas.

A metre tall !

Full mature height of 4-6 ft achieved in one season.

Up to four feet

Have tweeted @gershwin77

up to 4ft @pooklexi andbump on twitter

Up to four feet tall

up to 4 ft

What a great prize. Tweeted @mgsimmo

Up to four feet

Have tweeted @angiehoggett

up to four feet

It will grow up to 4 feet tall in it’s first year. @mselts

In it’s first year it will grow up to 4 feet tall.

Can contact on Twitter @ossiesheep

Up to four feet in the first year.

up to 4 ft

Up to 4 feet

here’s my tweet

https://twitter.com/#!/sarah34090/status/157197548765982720

fingers crossed!

up to 4 ft