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jacaranda

Our creative adventure began in 1999, a new house and a bare plot. We took a break from NGS openings in 2021/22 but we’ll be back in 2023!

Tetrapanax papyrifera

  • Season Icon Late SummerLate Summer 2022
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jacaranda

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 😂😂💚

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joanboston

I’d be interested too as I bought one in spring and can’t decide what todo with it this winter🤷

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angiecrazycatlady

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 😍

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jacaranda

Thanks Angie. We’re in West Sussex so we don’t tend to get really cold winters, but can never be too sure these days! I’ll follow your advice 👍 @angiecrazycatlady @joanboston

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richard.spicer.7906

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!

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joanboston

Thanks @angiecrazycatlady @richard.spicer.7906 I’ll keep it in the greenhouse this winter and plant it out next year. Thanks for asking the question Barbara

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jacaranda

@richard.spicer.7906 Interesting! I have no idea where to plant mine so keeping it in a pot in the greenhouse over winter will be the best option. 👍

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jacaranda

My pleasure, Joan. We’ll have to compare notes next year 👍😘 @joanboston

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juliesgarden

Oh fabulous, but not sure what to do with them Barbara 😬

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joanboston

Definitely Barbara

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angiecrazycatlady

@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 🥰

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vec

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 😉

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