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does rheum palmatum get through the winter ok


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Should do, its fully hardy.

11 Nov, 2009

 

Yes fully hardy. I've had it growing in my garden for five years now.

11 Nov, 2009

 

I have one too, thanks Bamboo/Simbad - I like the words - fully hardy. What do you do with the leaves, just let them die off or bend them over the crown like gunnera? Thanks

11 Nov, 2009

 

I find it fully hardy too, but I also fold the leaves over, they do seem to rot away quicker than my Gunneras though

11 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Plug, I'll do that too then, the leaves and stems are a different texture to gunnera, arent they. I love these big leaved perennials.

11 Nov, 2009

 

Well ours survived minus 21C for around four days last winter, so I'd guess it's pretty hardy! (unlike gunneras which are horribly tender individuals unless you pile a thick mulch of straw over the roots) I think Rheum Palmatum is more attractive too if not quite so spectacular in size

11 Nov, 2009

 

Does yours flower Bertie?

11 Nov, 2009

 

Actually, folks, my gardening book says to remove leaves as soon as they start to die off (at any time of year).

11 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks Bamboo for that info.

11 Nov, 2009

 

Being glorified Dock's, yes, Rheums are very hardy. Perhaps a tad harsh on the genus Rheum I agree but they are definitely much, much hardier than the unrelated genus Gunnera. Don't bother covering the crown with the leaves.

11 Nov, 2009

 

I had mine at the edge of my pond for a couple of years and it kind of existed. I think it was too water logged for it. I moved it to its temporary home on my veg plot and its been fine, it really needs to go back to the pond though. I didnt realise they belonged to the dock family, should do well here then. Thank you Fractal

11 Nov, 2009

 

Grew mine from seed Dawn, around 4 years ago, flowered for the first time this year.

11 Nov, 2009

 

That's amazing Simbad - were the flowers red/pink or white?

11 Nov, 2009

 

Have three plants Dawn two are pink and one had white flowers, same packet of seed, so don't know where white one came from :-)

11 Nov, 2009

 

I didnt know you could buy the seed - I must try and get some, they would look great all round my pond. They have done so well in just 4 years.
Thanks for that.

11 Nov, 2009

 

What a shame Dawn could have collected you some seed, but flowers died back ages ago and have been composted now, bought my seed from Thompson and Morgan but haven't seen any in their catalogue recently, think plantworld may have some in their's, have just collected some seed from ligularia britt-marie-crawford if you'd like some, if you don't already have it, another good one for boggy areas around ponds lovely dark burgundy rounded leaves and yellow daisy flowers, will see if I can find a picture later and put it on my pictures :-)

12 Nov, 2009

 

Thank you Simbad, I'll drop you a pm.

12 Nov, 2009

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