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Should i use protection

Post by kracker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:54 am

Early in the year i got my first gunnera and trex it's there first year so only a few inches high they are both in pots next to the front door ,given the recent frosts they both look like they have taken a slight battering i have other plants in the garage and wrapped others ,so what are peoples feelings .indoors,garage,wrapped,or leave alone ...cheers will
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Re: Should i use protection

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:01 am

If you have space then play safe and bing them in the garage. Probably not needed but why risk it? Nothing to gain by leaving outside for the pots to freeze through.


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Re: Should i use protection

Post by jungle jas » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:29 am

My motto is, If in doubt bring it in. Nothing worse than losing a plant when you know you could have saved it. icon_thumright
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Re: Should i use protection

Post by redsquirrel » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:00 pm

i read the title and decided to keep off the keyboard for a few mins :lol: :lol:

definately bring them into a porch this winter,next year they will be that much bigger,not so much of a risk,not only that,come near end of season,you will have some nice roots to chop and pot up for spares icon_thumleft icon_thumleft
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Re: Should i use protection

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:16 pm

[quote="redsquirrel"]i read the title and decided to keep off the keyboard for a few mins :lol: :lol:

definately bring them into a porch this winter,next year they will be that much bigger,not so much of a risk,not only that,come near end of season,you will have some nice roots to chop and pot up for spares icon_thumleft icon_thumleft[/quote

Yeah I read the title and thought "yeah I better really from now on" lol


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Post by redsquirrel » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:23 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:
redsquirrel wrote:i read the title and decided to keep off the keyboard for a few mins :lol: :lol:

definately bring them into a porch this winter,next year they will be that much bigger,not so much of a risk,not only that,come near end of season,you will have some nice roots to chop and pot up for spares icon_thumleft icon_thumleft[/quote

Yeah I read the title and thought "yeah I better really from now on" lol

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Re: Should i use protection

Post by joolz68 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:31 pm

I split some small bits off our gunnera early on this yr,ive left them under the gunnera leaves i chopped off to protect the crowns for winter so its purely an experiment whether they will survive :?: i think..gutt feeling that more than -5 might see em off so i would protect yours just in case,ive got nothing to loose as i have a large patch which as survived 14yrs up to now :)


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Re: Should i use protection

Post by PeterS » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:56 pm

RHS Harlow Carr in N Yorkshire grows Gunnera and protects the full sized plants every year, in situ, by bending the leaves over to protect the crown from getting wet.


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Re: Should i use protection

Post by Kristen » Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:39 am

Article in RHS The Garden (I think it was round about June time) about the folk that look after the national collection [of Gunnera] said that they don't protect theirs as they feel it encourages them into earlier growth in the Spring, and it is that new growth that then gets zapped by late frosts.

FWIW I've never protected mine (that doesn't say anything though ...), but I have been wondering about protecting until, say, mid Feb and then removing the protection so that they don't start growing too early in the Spring.
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