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Unwrapping Gunnera after the Winter.

biofreakbiofreak Posts: 1,017
When can I take the fleece off my Gunnera? Should I unwrap during the day and fleece up again at night? Haven't looked at him since November.


  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    I didn't wrap mine this winter so I would take the fleece off.
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • biofreakbiofreak Posts: 1,017
    Thanks Hogweed -Assuming that you had the snow shown on TV (I'm in Normandy) Was your Gunnera OK?
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,793
    Mine hasn't been wrapped but is in a pot in a sheltered spot waiting for a bog garden.  It's been growing since that warm spell in Feb and hasn't been knocked back by the recent cold spell.

    I knew a woman in Belgium, in their equivalent of the Yellow Book, who buried hers under a 3' high pile of garden compost in mid to late October and left it to it.  It just grew thru it when ready.   Better than fleece which is a pain, is unsightly and is made from plastic.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • MarranMarran Posts: 171
    Mine has got huge and so I didn't cover it last winter thinking it would (hopefully) die off a bit - but it didn't bat an eye at the Beast from the East!  I didn't cover it again this winter and I won't be covering it up ever again!  It's already got a lot of new growth on it.  (Glos).
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,200
    May I suggest next autumn you cut the leaves down and form a wigwam over the centre of your Gunnera.   Stalk end up.
    It makes a perfect natural protective covering.
    Leave on until all risk of frost has gone.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • biofreakbiofreak Posts: 1,017
    'Gunny' unwrapped today! 2 Lovely leaves sprouting, Will fleece up again if we get a short sharp spell as predicted for next week. Thanks for all the advice.
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