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Tetrapanax Papyrifer Rex

TopiariaTopiaria Posts: 3
After a monumental bidding war on e-bay I managed to acquire my very own tetrapanax papyrifer rex. I am worried about putting it in the ground because the consensus is that it is hugely invasive. Can T-Rex be grown in a container, and what kind of soil and feeding regime is best? 


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,963
    Judging by the fact it is difficult to get hold of, I have never heard of it being invasive, otherwise there would be lots available for sale.  It does need a good size space to grow in, so probably not best as a container plant if you want to see it at it's best.  If it suckers, can I have one?
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    • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

    • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

    • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years.

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 6,524
    I did consider getting one a while ago so done some reading up.
    From what I've read, it does sucker freely, but the suckers themselves take years to grow their own roots (before they can be removed from the parent), so there's a build-up of suckers.
    Quite a few times I've also read that they're not suitable for growing in containers.

    Magnificent plants though - hope you find the right place for it after your hard-won bidding war
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  • UpNorthUpNorth South Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK Posts: 376
    I have one in a largeish container outdoor all year.  Its deciduous in colder climate, but the advantage of container is you may be able to keep warm and thus leaves all year.

    After 3 years no suckers yet.

    Feed and water lots, as for all huge leaved plants.

    Hope that helps.

    Try caster oil plant from seed if you want a huge similar plant, much faster, but treat as annual.

    Hope that helps.

  • TopiariaTopiaria Posts: 3
    fidgitbones you can have one if it suckers, and I shall persevere. I have it in a 90 litre container at the moment. Will put it in a 150 litre one next year and see what happens. Lots of feed....what about epsom salts...would it like that du you think? 
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