New Zealand Flax
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New Zealand Flax?

Zone Edinburgh | Henk added on October 4, 2017 | Answered

Hi there, my wife bought a small plant a couple of years ago which was sitting amongst some reduced items in a garden centre. It looked quite sorry for itself, but since it's done quite well in our garden. So much so, that it's now getting too big! I'm not sure what it is, but it looks like the New Zealand flax to me that's on your website. Now, am I correct in thinking that the only way to reduce the size of this plant is by cutting it down right at the bottom? How do you 'prune' one of these...? Thanks ever so much for your assistance!

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BushDoctor
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Answered on October 4, 2017

It doesn't appear that it is a good idea to cut these much at all. According to my research, the only cutting that should be done is a dying leaf here and there.

IF you decide that you still want to cut it down, just know that there is a good chance that the plant will not recover correctly. There is still a chance that it will, like all plant can on occasion, make a miraculous recovery, but I wouldn't feel comfortable cutting them to the ground.

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