New Zealand Linen: maintenance, in jar

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New Zealand flax is a beautiful plant with a generous and colourful bush.

Ideal in a pot on a terrace, we also like it in a sunny garden.

In summary, what you need to know is:

Name  : Phormium
Family  Agave
Type  : Perennial

Height
 : 2 m
Exhibition  : Sunny
Sol  Well drained

Foliage
 : Persistent
Flowering  June to August

New Zealand Flax Planting

New Zealand flax plants ideally in the spring in a sunny place.

Sa low hardiness It will be difficult to resist negative temperatures (maximum -6°), so it will have to be grown in pots and put in a shelter in winter.

  • In pots you will only use potting soil.
  • In soil you will make a mixture of potting soil + garden soil.
  • In all cases the soil must be well drained
  • Multiplication by division after flowering in the fall.

Pruning, care of New Zealand flax

After flowering, remove the flower stems by cutting as short as possible.

  • Do not remove the leaves until they have wilted.
  • Protect the foot in winter with a good mulch of dried leaves.
  • If it is in a jar, store it in a frost-free place, but not in a heated room.

Watering New Zealand flax

Phormium needs to be watered when the soil is dry between waterings, especially when growing in pots.

In the ground, water generously when it is hot and especially during the first 2 years.

About New Zealand flax

A beautiful tuft, New Zealand linen is a very popular fabric. pretty perennial with a bushy harbour which is particularly suited to the potted crop on your terrace or balcony, especially if it’s cold in winter.

Depending on the variety, its foliage takes on purple, bronze, green and sometimes striped shades.

As its name suggests, this plant is from New Zealand . It is found extensively in the thickets and swamps of New Zealand.

New Zealand flax was much used (and still used) by the Maori people for many uses such as making baskets or clothes. Its roots even have disinfectant properties.

One mineral mulching highlights this vivacious and colourful plant.