One Eyed Empress Wu

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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby kaylyred » Apr 28, 2013 6:14 pm

Went to my local nursery today (my happy place!) and right in the doorway to their outdoor courtyard they had a cart full of 'Empress Wu.' Each one had two eyes, and they were already pretty well leafed out. I almost bought one, but then remembered that my 'Empress Wu' was three eyes last year and, as it matures, I'm not gonna have room for two of the same beast. ;)
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby ogrefcf » May 22, 2013 2:43 pm

I think it will be okay. The big eye is huge this year. I think it was just putting down roots and didn't like me moving her. Here's a picture with a surprise in it I didn't notice till I was looking at the picture.

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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby kaylyred » May 22, 2013 8:51 pm

Looks good!

Is that a little snake in the groundcover?
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby Pieter » Aug 13, 2017 1:07 pm

I recognize this is an older topic but I had to relate my experience with The Empress, she's been a great grower for me. I got two bare-root plants in 2014, one was 3 shoots, the other was one fat one. I kept the 3 shoot one and planted it where it would have some room but that also meant it would be seeing a fair bit of direct sun. Here's what it looked like this past spring, mid-April.
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In its 4th season here it has gone to 17 shoots, I'd call that vigour!

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If you take a look at this late March picture above you'll see the plant sort falls into 2 sides, a seemingly clear path for division in the spring, I have an acquaintance who's expressed an interest in a larger plant to begin with rather than have to wait 3 or 4 years before it gets to any decent size. The largest leaf this year measured about 18"x14" and it is now loaded with seed pods.

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