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I was at a large National Trust property a few days ago and the staff were cutting offf gunera leaves and placing them on top of the crown. Is this usual?



Yes indeed - it's the best way to protect the crown of this plant. If it's a very cold area, they might also stack straw over it. I shall be bending the leaves of my Gunnera over as soon as a frost is forecast.

3 Nov, 2010


Oh dear I have never done this with my 2 and they are big and at least 7 years old? This year I did notice that the flower heads had suffered in the frost. Have you got a pic of this when you do it Spritz?

4 Nov, 2010


We wait until the leaf stems weaken and fall of their own accord and then lay the leaves over thw crown of the gunnera.

4 Nov, 2010


No, Denise, but it really is easy. As Mr MB says, the stems get weaker and then I don my gardening gloves and tilt and lift the leaves on top of the crown. I noticed yesterday that the light frost we had, had discoloured the leaves, so it won't be long before I can do this task.

I don't bother to cut the stems, it isn't necessary.

4 Nov, 2010


And the beauty of it is that you just leave them there. Next years stems grow through the mulch when they are ready to.

4 Nov, 2010


I do pull the stems off in the spring, Mr MB. They look so ugly!

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