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Old 11-02-2017, 03:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Joy Dinosaur Food!

I figured since y'all like bananas with huge foliage you'd love this plant too. 2nd biggest leaves in the world! The largest in the world belong to its close relative, reaching an astonishing 10ft x 10ft. I got 2 in the mail today and they're very small

This is called Gunnera tinctoria: foliage reaching 8ft by 8ft... much easier to find tinctoria online for sale compared to gunnera manicata

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Those are some big leaves. We saw some very large elephant ears on Kauai on our honeymoon 13 years ago near the top of the canyon... These are bigger, though.
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do they like lots of water? where was the pic took.?

I looked it up. invasive species. comes from chile and argentina. loves, needs lots of water. doesn't care about soil. edible. giant rhubarb.

long time since I had rhubarb pie. I have just the place, very giant self watering pots.

just bought 2 of the gunnera tinctoria, from direct gardening from Illinois. thanks for the post

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that sounds like an awesome place for a honeymoon!

sorry i had fallen asleep.. congratulations on your new plants! i'm about to post a pic of mine in their small pot

also i was wrong.. some palm has the largest leaves in the world reaching 82ft in length. wow. these plants still have insane foliage though.. much larger than anything I have now! can't wait for the summer to watch them grow

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been to Illinois. cant imagine a honeymoon there

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I was referring to kauai! haha thanks... sure thing! i'll post a new pic in a few weeks when there is growth!
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How big do they get in a season? That is impressive
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According to a thread on another site, it took one man's 2 years to achieve 3ft leaves, but that was also in a zone where it went dormant for the winter (but not cold enough to kill it... they become more cold hardy as they age). I plan on digging mine up at the end of next fall and putting them in pots to keep them growing all winter to expedite this maturation process.

The two I purchased are growing incredibly slowly but I have moved them to the room with all if my plant lights to speed up the process. Also, once the roots fully establish in this pot, they should grow substantially faster.

I would still say probably say at least 3-5 years to reach maturity, though (if you take them in during the winter). There is not a whole lot of information about this I can find. Hope this helps! Mine haven't don't anything significant but I'll definitely post some pictures when they do!
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Just tossing this out....

This could be another plant to add to the dino food specimen garden


Gunnera tinctoria will require DEEP rich soil with ample(a lot) amounts of moisture. If you cannot give this plant the soil and water it needs to make monster roots then this plant will disappoint.

In a 12-20+ gal container this accent plant is still manageable and awesome.


I have grown Gunnera but have settled on another large leafed hardy plant Tetrapanax Aka T.Rex


Tetrapanax is alittle more forgiving pant in unforgiving zones and soil structures.


Both plants are awesome in the landscape though.
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How big do they get in a season? That is impressive
The saying goes....
And this true.


The first year they sleep.
The second year they creep.
The third year they leap.
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Bro according to wikipedia the t-rex plant reaches leaves at only 50cm max.. which is less than 2 feet. I'm going for that big foliage watering is easy.. I'm trying to get those huge a** leaves!

Thank you for the share though. Though the leaves do not amount to much, 3-7 meter height is amazing. I kind of hate you because I kind of want one now but am running out of space in the yard!!!
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Also do you have any pics of your Gunnera??? I would love to see them and also know the age as well. Seems like an awesome plant so far.. very fast growing for me under a lamp right now in VA
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Here are 2 pics from just now



P.S. Had to cut literally every leaf off that was on it when it arrived so it could root without the leaves browning. the largest leaf was at a standstill as of 2 days ago but obviously they love the surplus of light
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Please send me those leaves and stems. Warp them in a wet paper towel.
I'll root 'em.
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Bro according to wikipedia the t-rex plant reaches leaves at only 50cm max.. which is less than 2 feet. I'm going for that big foliage watering is easy.. I'm trying to get those huge a** leaves!

Thank you for the share though. Though the leaves do not amount to much, 3-7 meter height is amazing. I kind of hate you because I kind of want one now but am running out of space in the yard!!!
I never even thought of that ......wow...
thanks for the update ......bro

You newbies have no clue.......
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Dude what wikipedia are you reading lol I swear I did not edit this Wiki page.. this for the plants I have (trust me I do not make purchases without researching): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunnera_tinctoria

Here's a bonus page: How to Grow Gunnera Tinctoria | Home Guides | SF Gate

These are 2 different sites saying up to 8ft leaves. If you want to go even bigger, buy the Gunnera Manicata (good luck finding one online.. I couldn't).

And here's a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25kZjhEndiA


Edwmax, unfortunately you can only propogate them via seed or by rhizome ("crown") separation. Plus, the old stems are long gone. If you can prove me wrong, and that you can grow them from stem cutting, I will happily send you some. Here's where I got mine from: https://www.etsy.com/listing/4803836...f=sr_gallery_3


*Also, just a quick update* The plants now look exactly as they did when I received them, so things are looking good. I have been keeping the soil relatively wet and have a lamp pointing right at them and they seem to love it.

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Fellas, just saying this plant needs very enriched soil to reach its potential.
A lot of it .

If one cannot provide that ...then a T-rex is a good alternative.
I am not denying the size at all.....I know the plant is a thug.
But you have to give it what it wants.




The plant can also be grown as a cutting.... however very young leaves are used.

Once a plant starts introducing leaves in spring you can start the cutting process to create new plantlets.

For details :google/rex begonia/cuttings/happy ending

There are some related detailed videos which there are some takeaways also.
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Dude what wikipedia are you reading lol I swear I did not edit this Wiki page.. this for the plants I have (trust me I do not make purchases without researching): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunnera_tinctoria

Here's a bonus page: How to Grow Gunnera Tinctoria | Home Guides | SF Gate

These are 2 different sites saying up to 8ft leaves. If you want to go even bigger, buy the Gunnera Manicata (good luck finding one online.. I couldn't).

And here's a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25kZjhEndiA


Edwmax, unfortunately you can only propogate them via seed or by rhizome ("crown") separation. Plus, the old stems are long gone. If you can prove me wrong, and that you can grow them from stem cutting, I will happily send you some. Here's where I got mine from: https://www.etsy.com/listing/4803836...f=sr_gallery_3


*Also, just a quick update* The plants now look exactly as they did when I received them, so things are looking good. I have been keeping the soil relatively wet and have a lamp pointing right at them and they seem to love it.
Great links and videos..

You will love your plants once they mature.
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Dude what wikipedia are you reading lol I swear I did not edit this Wiki page.. this for the plants I have (trust me I do not make purchases without researching): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunnera_tinctoria

Here's a bonus page: How to Grow Gunnera Tinctoria | Home Guides | SF Gate

These are 2 different sites saying up to 8ft leaves. If you want to go even bigger, buy the Gunnera Manicata (good luck finding one online.. I couldn't).

And here's a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25kZjhEndiA


Edwmax, unfortunately you can only propogate them via seed or by rhizome ("crown") separation. Plus, the old stems are long gone. If you can prove me wrong, and that you can grow them from stem cutting, I will happily send you some. Here's where I got mine from: https://www.etsy.com/listing/4803836...f=sr_gallery_3


*Also, just a quick update* The plants now look exactly as they did when I received them, so things are looking good. I have been keeping the soil relatively wet and have a lamp pointing right at them and they seem to love it.
Great links and videos..

You will love your plants once they mature.
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Interesting how the infloresence doesn't sprout later in the growth cycle.

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