Advice needed please. I’ve been given this #tetrapanax and I have absolutely no idea how to care for it! Is it hardy? Does it need winter protection? Should it be in the ground or in a pot? As you can tell, I’m clueless when it comes to tropical/exotic plants!!! @angiecrazycatlady @porto @vec @juliesgarden @richard.spicer.7906 #plantadvice #notaclue 😂😂💚
They don't do well in pots, so I think you should pot it on into a bigger pot and keep in greenhouse this winter ( only during the coldest days) then plant it in the ground in spring. They are fully hardy, but yours does look small, so just to be sure I think best not put it in the ground till spring. Where are you? in Peterborough they are fully hardy when small, but not that small. Then next spring feed it well and you'll be rewarded with huge gorgeous leaves, they grow quickly, and huge 😍
Mine has been in a pot for the last three winters, once in the tunnel and the last two outside with no protection. I think (from memory) it lost its leaves and they come back in spring. I confess it’s not supposed to be in a pot, it’s just I haven’t yet got round to finding it a home in ground. It’s about twice the size of yours so not that big compared to the size they get!
@joanboston and Barbara, Make sure the place you decide to plant it is where it will stay, as if in a few year you decide to dig it up and move it, ant bits of toot left in the ground will send up a new plant, and you'll have a jungle in no time 😀 once it start growing well and getting big, you'll probably be completely in love with it, like we are ours 🥰
Sorry only just seen this Barbara. I’d say it’s too late to plant it now this year. They don’t grow well in pots. Plant out after the last frosts but give it space. I’d keep in a greenhouse over winter. One other thing is that once it’s planted, if you disturb the roots when putting in other plants it may start pupping. Best not to put it near a boundary with neighbours either. They may not thank you for it in years to come 😉