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Gunnera Dinosaur Food Seeds

$3.50

Gunnera Dinosaur Food Seeds

$3.50
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Gunnera manicata

 

 

 |50 Seeds|

 

These huge leaves act as funnels, wanting all the rain and funneling it right to the middle of the plant. They grow well next to streams and natural ponds, where their roots can get right into boggy soil, or else they need a lot of watering throughout the dry months. The plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling. Of course, such a large plant needs lots of nutrients, so feed it in the growing season. Best in cool Summer areas, it is rarely successful in hot or dry climates. Gunneras grow in specific places in the cloud forests, namely areas where there is a constant, unlimited supply of water.  A big bold perennial that will grow to 6-10 feet tall with large leaves that spread to 4-5 feet across in the right conditions and zone with plenty of water.  If you live in an area that has mild winters you can have leaves that will last more than one year.  In cooler climates leaves will die back to the roots in the winter. Leaves often becomes stressed in full sun locations. Soils must never be allowed to dry out. These dinosaur-sized leaves give rise to the additional common name of dinosaur food for this plant. Tiny, reddish-green flowers in thick, club-like spikes (3-6' conical panicles) rise up from the crown in early summer.Plants are intolerant of extreme heat or cold.  Remove damaged or dead leaves as they appear. In the northern parts of this plant's growing range, plants should be sited in protected areas sheltered from drying winds and given a substantial dry winter mulch.Zones 7-10. 50 Seeds per Package.

How To Grow Giant Dianosaur Food From Seeds
  • For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until you are ready to sow them.
  • Fill a large pot with fertile moisture retentive medium. Sow thinly and evenly distribute seed over surface (don't touch seed as skin oils interfere with germination). Wear gloves if possible.
  • Tamp into soil. Keep moist and mist often (a plastic cover greatly improves success) Provide bottom heat if possible, and ventilation.
  • Optimum germination temp: 68 to 77°F. 15 to 60 days to germination.  Will take along time and germination is  irregular. Be patient.
  • Do not let seed suffer temperatures of less than 50°F other wise germination will be delayed. Do not disturb seedlings for its first year. 
  • About that pot size …the plant growth after their first winter is incredible. Seedlings 1 inch in size will resemble rhubarb by the end of August!, if you sowed the seed early. In order not to disturb the seedlings, you may wish to start the seeds off directly into a large container – perhaps a two gallon pot if you have one (Yes…that large!)
  • In the second year transplant to individual containers or seat in permanent site. Grow on in any good moist garden soil.  
  • Give dilute liquid fertiliser during growing season. Never let seedlings dry out or expose to full or direct sun.
  •   Gunneras need special care in cold winter areas in order to survive. i.e. where winter temperatures are likely to drop below 20°F.  Cut down all greenery in late October to 12”above the root ball then place a thick layer of dry mulch over the crown for the winter. The mulch should be kept dry by a tarp or other rain proofing material. Remove mulch when last spring frost is past. A heavy mulch can help these plants survive to 0°F.

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