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Germination of

Gunnera manicata

Gunnera manicata: Giant Rhubarb, Elephant Ear Rhubarb, Gunnera, Dinosaur Food, Chilean Rhubarb

Gunnera manicata

Gunnera manicata is a large-leaved perennial plant that prefers to grow in wet soil conditions. To propagate this plant from seeds, it is recommended to sow them in a moist seed-starting mix in late winter or early spring. The seeds should be sown about 1/4 inch deep and kept at a consistent temperature of around 68-77�F (20-25�C) with high humidity. Germination may take up to several weeks, so be patient and keep the soil moist throughout the process. Once the seedlings have developed their second set of true leaves, they can be transplanted into larger containers or directly into the ground in a moist and sunny location.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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