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Gunnera manicata

Charles71Charles71 Posts: 2

I live in north0east England and am going to be planting a Gunnera in July.

Now I know it doesn't like cold so can someone please tell me how much mulch I should cover the crown with for it to survive the winter.

Also I see people have said about cutting the leaves back to the stem - am I right in thinking that the stem is not cut at all - I would like to grow the plant as big as it will go.

If you have any specific advice as regards this plant please feel free to add it to the thread.

Any help is gratefully received and thank you in advance for any assistance in this.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743

    I don't cut mine. I think you'd be best to snap the stems in such a way they form umbrellas over the crown. 

    I'd not "mulch" , but if you could stuff straw , or bracken around and over the crown, and hold in place with chicken wire, I think that would be fine.

  • Charles71Charles71 Posts: 2

    Thank you for your reply - I was thinking about using strulch as can't seem to find anyone around here selling straw.

    How thick would the straw or bracken need to be to protect the crown from the winter?

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