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GILLIAN THORNLEY on
August 11, 2017
cornwall uk

Q. newzealand flax seeds

can i grow this plant from the seeds which are on the flower

Answered by
shelley on
August 11, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

Yes, you can plant from the seeds. This article tells you how: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/propagating-phormium-tenax-30311.html

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Asked by
Henk on
October 4, 2017
Edinburgh

Q. New Zealand Flax?

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!

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 4, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

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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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 17, 2018

Q. Fertilizers

What fertilizer (nitrogen % etc) should I use on a New Zealand or rainbow flax plant?
Thanks

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 17, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

Fertilizing is not generally necessary.
This article has more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/new-zealand-flax/new-zealand-flax-plant-care.htm

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Asked by
barrydevcat on
September 26, 2018
ex391lq

Q. New Zealnd Flax, if I chop them to ground level, will they grow back

Had this plant from a baby and planted it in the wrong place. It grows to high and blocks our front window. I therefore trim it down, however I have lots of dead leaves in the centre which are easily pulled out. I want to chop it to ground level. Will it grow back?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 26, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

The only pruning one should ever give a New Zealand flax (phormium) is to remove leaves if they are battered or turning brown. When you do this, you should cut entire leaves to the ground, because cutting leaves partway down will give the plant a hacked, ugly profile.
It is normal for lower leaves to die eventually, and removing them makes the plant look fresh again. To remove leaves, you will need lopping shears, the long handles of which allow you to reach into the plant.

Phormiums grow at least as wide as tall, and often grow wider.
If you choose to move them or thin them, dig them in fall or spring when the soil is moist but not soggy. Have the new hole ready and leave as much soil as you can on the roots of the plants you are moving.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/new-zealand-flax/new-zealand-flax-plant-care.htm

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Answered by
barrydevcat on
September 26, 2018
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Thank you.

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