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"Prune" Gunnera Manicata?

WimsomniaWimsomnia Posts: 1
Hi all!! Question: is it advisable to prune a young Gunnera Manicata in some way in this season? I read somewhere(of course I forgot where....) cutting off the leaf the closest to the ground about every 2-3 weeks makes them stronger and grow more firmly. Thanks in advance for your advice and greetings from Belgium!!

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,211
    Hello Wimsomnia and welcome to the forum. I don't think you need to remove any leaves at all. According to the RHS you only cut them back after flowering. More information here.

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  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    They are not entirely hardy so it is useful to leave dying leaves in autumn to cover and protect the crown and tidy up when the worst cold is over. They are perennials so they don't need pruning.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,461
    Agree with Ladybird...leave  yours to settle in.Keep well watered if weather is dry.
    They grow enormous.
    Often planted near ponds and streams.
    As Posy has mentioned protect the growing point/root in winter  by making a wigwam with the old leaves.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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