Gunnera manicata

Hi everyone now the winter is setting in what do i do with my Gunnera manicata?

The leaves have died back and unsure as what i am supposed to do with it.

Any help would be most welcome

Thanks

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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Use the leaves to protect the plant.  It will survive frost.

    Next time you choose such a plant, perhaps it may be wise to do some research first.

    I hope your garden is large, this plant will grow very big indeed.  The leaf stalks will be over your head.

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Fold the leaves over to protect the centre, and,  if it gets very cold, a layer of fleece might help.  They do get very sad looking in the winter, but unless it is very young it should survive - new shoots will probably arise next year.  I'd love to have one but no space for such a wonderful specimen - good luck. 

  • pash2pash2 Posts: 83

    Thank you very much for your advice

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,665

     

     

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,665

    Oh, I don't know what happened there image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • pash2pash2 Posts: 83
    Bookertoo wrote (see)

    Fold the leaves over to protect the centre, and,  if it gets very cold, a layer of fleece might help.  They do get very sad looking in the winter, but unless it is very young it should survive - new shoots will probably arise next year.  I'd love to have one but no space for such a wonderful specimen - good luck. 

    The stems of the leaves are very stiff so how do i bend the leaves over the centre?

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Either cut off the leaves or wait until they collapse with the frost.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,665

    I'm sure I've seen it covered with straw at Gt Dixter -.............. yes, if you scroll down here http://www.bwlch-y-cibau.com/tropicalplants.html you'll find out how it's done in a 'tropica'l garden in Wales. image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • pash2pash2 Posts: 83

    Thank you very very much for your help

    That is wounderful thank you again.

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