gunnera in containers

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gunnera in containers

Post by Mr List » Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:28 am

i have always wanted one of the large gunneras but don't have the space .
i think i have just had a brainwave on where i could put a large-ish container for one this year.

i think at least a 50cm pot should fit where i have thought of.

if we take a 50cm tub as what i will be using and i will be putting it right against the house which is east facing ,so it is nearly a full shade position,

which would be best gunnera manicata or gunnera tinctoria?

i want the big one, manicata, but i was curious if having it in a pot could dwarf it
so infact the tinctoria would end up larger in the same pot (does that make sense?)

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Re: gunnera in containers

Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:34 am

Mr List wrote: i want the big one, manicata, but i was curious if having it in a pot could dwarf it
I had manicata in an oak half barrel. Did ok, decent size leaves but was held back . Put it in the ground last year but not before putting a saw thru it . Now have 2 good size plants which did a lot better than had i kept them potted icon_thumleft

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Re: gunnera in containers

Post by Mr List » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:08 am

how tall did it get in the container?

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Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:21 am

3 ft....not huge

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Re: gunnera in containers

Post by The Codfather » Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:05 am

I have one in a pot ready to go out this year.......have you just planted it out as a normal plant and just give lashing of water or have you done anything extra for the ground below it to hold the water ? Also, what have you done with yours for this winter ?
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Re: gunnera in containers

Post by Mr List » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:51 pm

i might make a wooden container for it to maximize the root space for the place available.

is this a plant better off with wide and shallow or tall and deep ?

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Re: gunnera in containers

Post by musa_monkey » Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:03 pm

Mine is in a similar sized container and makes about 5 ft in the year with plenty of food and water. It did break the container last year so i had to split the plant.
Very nice plant to have though even in a container.

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Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:09 pm

The Codfather wrote:I have one in a pot ready to go out this year.......have you just planted it out as a normal plant and just give lashing of water or have you done anything extra for the ground below it to hold the water ? Also, what have you done with yours for this winter ?
Gave the ground a good dig over, down about 3ft. Worked in some horse poo . Both divisions of the plant just get the old leaves folded back over the crowns and thats it. icon_thumleft

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Re: gunnera in containers

Post by Deedee » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:36 pm

Manicata in a pot, 3rd year, it needs a bigger pot now,i just keep forgetting :oops:

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Re: gunnera in containers

Post by Mr List » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:41 pm

is that a 35 ltr pot deedee?

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Post by Deedee » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:53 pm

Mr List wrote:is that a 35 ltr pot deedee?
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I think so Mr List, i must get a 50ltr this year, there are no drainage holes, i added water retaining gel and mat, I found this pic from last year and see its taller, gotta get the bigger pot icon_thumleft


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Re: gunnera in containers

Post by Deedee » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:56 pm

just remembered, i checked on it yesterday and its starting to shoot again, to overwinter, I fold the leaves over and cover with fleece and then white plastic over it..

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Re: gunnera in containers

Post by Trudytropics » Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:18 pm

Could you fit an oak half barrel in Mr List as Arlon said. This could be lined with some pond liner, they do like a nice damp situation :D

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Re: gunnera in containers

Post by Mr List » Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:13 pm

i think wooden half barrels are generally smaller than pots of the same diameter plus plastic hold moisture better.

really, ZERO drainage holes at all?

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Post by Deedee » Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:21 pm

Mr List wrote:i think wooden half barrels are generally smaller than pots of the same diameter plus plastic hold moisture better.

really, ZERO drainage holes at all?
I think a half barrel will be expensive for something you wont see, Yeah, no drainage holes Mr List, these plants can be planted in ponds and streams...

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