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Leonplantaddict

Sadly widowed,retired & addicted to plants,started getting green fingers over forty years ago! 😍 https://www.instagram.com/leonplantaddict/

Tetrapanax papyrifera 'Rex'

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #trex #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex 💚

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vec

That’s better, looking more like it’s old self 💚

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Leonplantaddict

@vec it certainly is & so good to see! 😁

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Leonplantaddict

@vec how are yours doing Julie? Any sign of flower buds? 🤔

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vec

I’ve got single funny shape leaves starting so guessing they’re on their way Leon

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vec

Put a photo up earlier of the tetrapanax. They’ve gone bonkers this year. I’ve cut loads of lower leaves off to raise the canopy

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Leonplantaddict

@vec yes that’s something I always did,raising the canopy,I want the leaves to be up above everything else if it’s possible. Hoping to get the height back next year! 🤞🏻

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #trex #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex

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Leonplantaddict

The big leaves are back! 😁 #tetrapanax #trex #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #recovered

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Leonplantaddict

Well it’s back! Leaves are smaller than I’m used to & the slugs/snails really seem to be enjoying them! #tetrapanax #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #trex #recovering #regrowing

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vec

I knew it would Leon. Really chuffed for you 😀

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Leonplantaddict

@vec thanks Julie! It took a while but good to see some leaves,don’t think they’ll get very big this year. 😁👍🏻

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joannie.a

Better late than never springs to mind

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vec

Has it started putting out big leaves or is the flower bud coming now ?

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Leonplantaddict

@vec no sign of a flower bud,but yes big leaves are back! 😁😅

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Leonplantaddict

Yay signs of life! @vec Bulging growth buds all the way up,but more importantly one near the top! Probably be removing a lot of the others? #tetrapanax #newgrowth #backtolife #signsoflife 😍😁

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vec

I think I’d let them develop for a while. The more leaves it puts out, the more it can photosynthesise to get its strength back

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vec

And I’m so glad that it’s growing for you again

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sieveheadsarah

So pleased it’s growing back Leon 👍🏼😀

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Leonplantaddict

@vec thanks Julie,yes I was thinking the same,wouldn’t get rid of any until it’s in full growth. 😊

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Leonplantaddict

@sieveheadsarah thanks Sarah 😊

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax @vec not a great photo to take,this is today,but fingers crossed for a recovery! 🤞🏻

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vec

I do hope so. They do get knocked by frost and regrow 🤞🤞🤞

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susiwoo

So sad 😞 fingers crossed it will regrow

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Leonplantaddict

#underthecanopy #undermytrex #tetrapanax #trex #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #trex #bigleaves

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susiwoo

That’s amazing !!! 😁

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Leonplantaddict

@susiwoo it is! & it’s going to be nice & big this year! 😍

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susiwoo

@Leonplantaddict how tall is it/will it grow ?

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Leonplantaddict

@susiwoo it must be nearly 12ft now,not sure how tall it can get,it grows about 1ft every year!

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susiwoo

@Leonplantaddict oh wow a bit too big for my garden I think .... I will gaze on with envy 😊

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vec

See even monty is getting in on the act on gardeners world this week. He’s definitely jumping on the tropical bandwagon 🤣

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Leonplantaddict

@vec yes good to see Monty planting one,a lot of people still haven’t heard of them,it’ll be interesting to see how well his does! 😁👍🏻

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Leonplantaddict

@vec I found one branch broken off this morning,not sure if it was wind damage or something climbing it! 😳😭😭

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Leonplantaddict

@vec actually it’s worse two of the three branches are broken off! Must have been something climbing it,I don’t think the winds last night were strong enough to do that much damage! 😭💔

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vec

😭😭😭 I can’t think for the life of me what could have broken that off unless it caught a late frost and got damaged inside and the weight of the new leaves has toppled it. I’m fairly confident that it will sprout from lower down but thats no consolation

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vec

I don’t know where you are in the uk but I have spare pups you’re welcome to. I’m near Colchester but daren’t post as I’m not a plant passport holder

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #trex #bigleaves #favourite 💚

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Leonplantaddict

Taken a battering early on this year but should be ok. #tetrapanax #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #trex

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #trex 💚

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Leonplantaddict

Bit of cold wind damage but it’s bursting into growth! #tetrapanax #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #trex 💚

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Leonplantaddict

As it doesn’t happen very often had to take another photo! 😍 #tetrapanax #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #flowering #trex @vec 😁

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vec

Oh wow 😍😍😍

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Leonplantaddict

Yay I think I’ve actually got there this year...flowers on my trex,think they’ll probably open up more if the weather stays kind! #tetrapanax #trex #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex 😁💚

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jeatacake

Tantalizingly close 🤞

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Leonplantaddict

Haven’t posted anything for a while,but couldn’t resist a photo of my trex flower buds. #trex #tetrapanax #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex 💚

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #trex #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex 💚

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #trex #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex 💚

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #trex #bigleaves 💚

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #trex #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #bigleaves 💚

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #trex #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #bigleaves 💚

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sherrisgarden

Beautiful shot 😍 #bluesky

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Leonplantaddict

@sherrisgarden thanks Sherri 😊

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sherrisgarden

Very welcome 😀

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Leonplantaddict

My trex has been well battered so far this year,strong cold winds!....& from me taking off leaves. #tetrapanax #trex #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex 🙄

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Leonplantaddict

Always hard to do,but just cut off the large lower leaves,keeping the leaf canopy higher. #tetrapanax #trex 🤔💚

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Leonplantaddict

Sadly a few damaged leaves from the recent strong winds,but it’ll recover. #tetrapanax #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #trex #winddamage

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #trex #bigleaves #favouriteplant 💚

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jeatacake

What a specimen 👍 Mine seems to just limp along from one year to the next, never really getting beyond about 2 ft tall.

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Leonplantaddict

@jeatacake thanks Jeff,that’s a shame,mine seems to grow about 12-18” every year. Looking forward to seeing it this year with two stems at the top.

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jeatacake

Its amazing. Whereabouts are you? You may get slightly milder winters than where I am in St Helens?

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Leonplantaddict

@jeatacake I’m on the south coast in West Sussex. 🤔

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jeatacake

Maybe 3 or 4C milder in winter there I'd say, which will help a lot 👍

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #trex 💚

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kamaki

Lovely!

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vec

Ahead of mine as per usual 😂

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vec

I'm putting another one in this year from one of the suckers I dug up last year that survived winter in the greenhouse

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Leonplantaddict

@vec lol I’m jealous! 😂 The only disappointing thing about my trex is no suckers! 🙄

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vec

Can I suggest digging around by the roots. I dug a hole to put a palm in and voila, suckers started to appear 😉

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Leonplantaddict

@vec thanks Julie good tip,I promised myself I wouldn’t buy another one....so could be worth a try! 🤔👍🏻

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #trex 💚

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Leonplantaddict

Branching out this year! 😁 #tetrapanax #tetrapanax-papyrifera-rex #trex 💚

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dpkgujar

#beautiful #unusual #interesting

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Leonplantaddict

Not much to enjoy in the garden now,especially being a fair weather gardener,but would just love to see some flowers open on my trex! 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻#tetrapanax

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #budding #anticipation 🤔🤞🏻

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Leonplantaddict

Two sunny days forecast,what’s the chances of getting a flower on my trex? @vec #tetrapanax #budding 🤔😍

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vec

About as much chance as I have 😂😂😂

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Leonplantaddict

@vec good chance then lol 😂 I’m really hoping that at least one flower opens before a frost! 🤔🤞🏻

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vec

I've had quite a few frosts already here but tetrapanax seems to be coping fairly well so far and the flower buds are still intact

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax 😍💚

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax 😍💚

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Leonplantaddict

Close to flowering again this year,if only the summer lasted a bit longer. #tetrapanax 💚

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #bluesky 💚🌞

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tygger

@Leroybe Great pic. Mine is just starting to show some leaf 👍. Wasn’t sure it had made it through the winter but all is well 😁

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Leonplantaddict

@tygger Thanks,we had a fairly mild winter so no problems at all,mines reached about 9 foot now. 😍

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #trex #foliagefriday 💚

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #newgrowth ❤️

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Leonplantaddict

Reach for the sky! Can’t resist photos of my trex! 💚❤️ #tetrapanax #trex

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #trex #newgrowth 😍💚

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vec

Just look at that.... A wonderful architectural plant. One of my favourites

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Leonplantaddict

@vec it certainly is! Definitely one of my favourites & I’m just about to make it my desert island plant 😍

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vec

I don't blame you. These are very underrated and would work well in alot of gardens

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suerichards

That’s gorgeous 😍

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Leonplantaddict

Nice new growth on my trex! #tetrapanax #trex #newgrowth 😍💚

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tinaaune

💚💚💚

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Leonplantaddict

Flower spikes developing nicely on my trex,just hoping the weather stays kind long enough to see the flowers this year! 💚 #tetrapanax

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sherrisgarden

Very cool !!!! My first time seeing one of these

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #trex #bigleaves 💚

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gardengimp

Hey @Leroybe I love this plant! 👍🏻 Strange question, but do you think the leaves would survive a few hits from falling conkers and their shells without tearing? I’m thinking of planting one in dappled partial shade under an old horse chestnut tree 🌰🤔

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Leonplantaddict

@gardengimp good question Graham! They do have big strong leaves,but conker shells are spiky so could possibly cause tearing if there’s any weight! I would still plant one there,it’s worth a try,as long as there’s also room under the tree for the potential height of the trex? 🤔

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gardengimp

@Leroybe yes, the prospective tree is mature, possibly at least 40 years old and listed by the local council. I’m forward planning for a house move, so going to give the T. rex a try as you suggest! I’m hoping a corner position between fencing and tree will help to shelter it here in W.Yorks 🤞🏻

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Leonplantaddict

@gardengimp sounds like a good place for it,good luck hope it thrives there! 👍🏻

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #trex #foliagefriday 💚

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Keely

Wow fabulous 🌴

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anges

@Leroybe Great photo and love the name T Rex 💚

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Leonplantaddict

@anges thanks Ange! Yes the name describes it perfectly! 👌🏻😊

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #trex #bigleaves #jug 😍

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vec

I wonder if I'll regret having 3 of these in years to come 😂😂😂

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Leonplantaddict

@vec have you got three? Wow wish I had the room! 💚

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vec

I'm not sure I have either but they're in and staying in 😂

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daisy-jane

That's a beauty isn't it Julie @vec 💚💚

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Leonplantaddict

#tetrapanax #trex #bigleaves 😍❤️

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Leonplantaddict

#trex #tetrapanax ❤️

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vec

I'm in awe. Mine are nowhere near this size yet 💚💚💚

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Leonplantaddict

I’m just always pleased to see it survive the winter,now reaching the height I wanted,so it doesn’t shade out plants below too much. 💚😊 @vec

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vec

How old is it Leon ?

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Leonplantaddict

@vec good question! Think it must be in its fourth year planted in the ground? 🤔

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vec

I'll have to be patient then 😀

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Leonplantaddict

Dull day but always good to see my Trex starting to grow again! #trex #tetrapanax 😍

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vec

💚💚💚

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Leonplantaddict

My TRex last year when I first got it,once in the ground it reached about 4'.....hoping this year up to 7-8' with big leaves! 🌴 😍

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tygger

Just looked it up, I like that a lot. Might be a bit big for my garden though 😳

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Leonplantaddict

It's probably too big for my garden too,but I love large leaves & exotic type plants! 😊

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tygger

Might just give it a go 👍

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vec

How has your t rex coped over winter ? I kept mine in the shed and it's got a new leaf already ☺

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Leonplantaddict

My T. rex is planted in the ground & it's just started to show signs of life,the stem is about 5ft so I'm hoping to stand under the leaves this year! 😊

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vec

Ooh fantastic, keep me updated please

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Leonplantaddict

Will do @vec...they're certainly a lot hardier than you think 👍🏻

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