We all recognise the tall, green, sword-like leaves of flax that can be found growing throughout New Zealand.

Phormiums are tough and will usually cope ok with wet conditions and respond well to a bit of 'benign neglect'. Taming overgrown New Zealand flax is a task simple enough for even the most novice of growers.

Common flax is found throughout the country, especially in wet areas, while mountain flax is found both at higher altitudes and along exposed coastlines.Common flax grows up to three metres high and its flower stalks can reach up to four metres.

Flax are very drought hardy so they don't need much descriptions of two diseases of phormiums: This effect is most commonly seen in the twisted-leaf cultivars such as 'Surfer' and 'Jack Spratt'.

When I pulled the dead bits out, the ground was quite moist suprisingly as the surface looks quite dry. I am wondering if it is the wind that is killing them here (it is very windy where I live (WA).Is it possibly too much water?

Different varieties were specially grown for their strength, softness, colour and fibre content.The uses of the flax fibre were numerous and varied. Other flax plants I've seen seem to have one large clump of leaves that spread out evenly around the sides. growth although it is rare to actually find the bugs below soil level.There is no simple chemical control for mealy-bug but Malathion is The outer layer represented the grandparents, whereas the inner layer of new shoots – the child – remained and were to be protected by the next inner layer of leaves, the parents.Flax is generally a very common plant throughout New Zealand, but many of the special forms that were cultivated by Māori for weaving were nearly lost during the twentieth century.Luckily, a few growers maintained their collections of special flaxes over the years. leaf bases so it is necessary to pull back each leaf before the chemical can

Flax root juice was routinely applied to wounds as a disinfectant.Traditionally when harakeke leaves were removed from the plant, only the older leaves on the outside were taken.


Click here for tips on how to prune New Zealand flax plants. I have 4 New Zealand flax plants in my front garden. 'meal'.The effect on the plant is not particularly severe unless it is heavily Next question. The joy of growing them on means you always have replacement plants in a pot somewhere around your garden and usually have many plants to give to family and friends. It might be time to dig and divide your plants. previously formed leaf. Phormium mealybug

Flax are very drought hardy so they don't need much.

How do I encourage my Montana Miss Christine to bush out and climb? I don't know why, but some of the leaves have begun to turn a bit brown and look like they are dying. It also occurs on 'Rubra', another

They seem to flower better in hot summers.i have had mine in the garden for the last 6 years the dark brown one.. and this is only the second year it has flowered.. they grown native in NZ my sis says and their weather is tropical and constantly wet nad humid through the winter and hot in summer.. i think they like it wetter with heat..I have grown many New Zeland Flax from seed. Some have drooping, floppy leaves while others grow as stiff and upright as spears. Some perennials, such as the New Zealand flax, need only minimal care to look their best. We changed the sprinklers to a combination of drippers and sprayers and all of a sudden the flax started dying. reach the pest.The systemic insecticide, imidacloprid, (sold under the trade name of 'Provado') The main problem is that the bugs are hidden in the fibrous substance (meal) from which they get their name.

Family members included the New Zealand flax, the century plant (source of the Mexican drink mescal), the Joshua tree (a spe­cies of Yucca), Dracaena (from which comes a red resin called “dragon’s blood”) and sisal hemp, a source of cordage. Pull off all those dead laves and switch off your drippers to them.

Clothing, mats, plates, baskets, ropes, bird snares, lashings, fishing lines and nets were all made from flax leaves. It was New Zealand’s biggest export by far until wool and frozen mutton took over later in the century.Today, flax is used in soaps, hand creams, shampoos and a range of other cosmetics. New Zealand Flax. It has long, sword-shaped leaves that grow in a fan shape, and tall branches of flowers.

... and in the mean time we are going to see a lot more cabbage trees dying. less wax produced, resulting in a greater chance of the new leaf getting

i have a 6 year old new zealand flax. I have lots of them and there's no shortage of the wet stuff here!