gunnera manicata

simonjohn

gunnera manicata

Post by simonjohn » Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:48 pm

Hello i brought 3 of these in 9cm pots with just the smallest bit of growth on top. I put them in bigger potts in the laundry room and went in there this morning and the growth rate is frightening. Im thinking its a bit to warm in here. Should i place them in the green house? I was planning on getting them started indoors but i can clearly see after 3 days theyare rapid growers

Blairs

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by Blairs » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:01 pm

As in 9cm pots I would place them in the greenhouse. Do keep an eye on them and keep them watered and check for mould. I would put outside in April/May. Mine are outside all the time covered with their old leaves but they are older. Buy chicken pellets and use a handful when planting your gunnera=works a treat!

simonjohn

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by simonjohn » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:25 pm

Fantastic!! Thank you. Im really looking forward to seeing these grow huge :-)

Blairs

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by Blairs » Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:02 pm

They get bigger with time, 9cm plants may only produce 30cm leaves at most. The first ones to come up tend to be the biggest. You could try a cloche/glass frame on them to produce larger leaves.

simonjohn

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by simonjohn » Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:24 pm

the guy I brought them from said they where well established crowns. what does that mean? I thought it ment they are a year or more old but im just guessing :D

Kristen

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by Kristen » Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:04 pm

simonjohn wrote:the guy I brought them from said they where well established crowns. what does that mean?
To me it would mean a large plant. Gunnera take several years to get their "crown" built up big enough to put out monstrous leaves.

But I'm not understanding what context the guy was referring to. You cannot put a plant of any size, whatsoever, in a 9cm pot. So whatever you have got, regardless of the size of the parent plant, is "quite small".

It is possible that hacking a bit off a mature Gunnera causes it to mature much more quickly than, say, starting with a young seedling, but I'm not aware that that is the case. (I would expect a piece off a parent plant to mature more quickly than a seedling, of An Average Plant, but I would not expect it to emulate the parent's size & vigour "immediately" so to speak)

simonjohn

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by simonjohn » Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:12 pm

day 1 and I re potted the gunnera

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simonjohn

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by simonjohn » Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:13 pm


simonjohn

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by simonjohn » Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:15 pm


Blairs

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by Blairs » Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:08 pm

I cannot tell the perspective. My guess is that they are not that established.

Kristen

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by Kristen » Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:00 pm

Looks like that to me too

simonjohn

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by simonjohn » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:50 pm

so they will take a couple of years to reach full size then? I have a big space to plant them in :D

Kristen

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by Kristen » Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:55 pm

simonjohn wrote:so they will take a couple of years to reach full size then? I have a big space to plant them in :D
Several I would think. IME they take several years to bulk up - but if you can give them ideal conditions I guess you will get results more quickly than I have done. Mine have been in about 5 years and are "large" but not "huge"

simonjohn

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by simonjohn » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:44 pm

wow ok, so if I wanted a huge gunnera I would have to buy one as a large plant? thanks for the help :D

they are growing so fast at the moment!
<a href="http://s262.photobucket.com/user/madcow ... e.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii10 ... mxiele.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 20140205_122828_zpsyumxiele.jpg"/></a>

simonjohn

Re: gunnera manicata

Post by simonjohn » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:47 pm

very fast growth over a week!

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii10 ... mxiele.jpg
:o

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