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Gunnera manicata best position

a1154a1154 Posts: 1,092

I have just bought a nice gunnera, intending to put it by the pond.  It says they are fully hardy and like it damp.  

Having researched a bit more, they seem a bit more fussy than i thought, inluding needing winter protection. Hmm. 

The pond is open and sunny, i dont have any shade.  the water level fluctuates a lot though, about 2 feet, so will it be better permanently in the wet, permanently dry, or sometimes in water and sometimes out? 

And add straw over the crown over winter?  Can be v cold here, so not sure how much chance it has. 


  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    I garden in Scotland so very cold in winter. Mine is in the soil at the side of the pond, not in the pond itself. In full sun. At the back end I cut down the leaves and leave them over the crown for protection. I do not give it any special treatment. It gets watered when it rains otherwise it doesn't! It looks happy.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,092

    Thats great hogweed, and im in scotland too.  Ill put it out of the water and cover the crown. 

  • FirecrackerFirecracker Posts: 256

    We had one that was great, till it got Very Big, boy did it like to drinkimage as hogweed said we covered the crown with its leaves in winter. 

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