Phormium Tenax – New Zealand Flax

Phormium tenax is considered as an evergreen recurrent plant local to Norfolk Island and New Zealand that’s an essential fiber plant as well as renowned ornamental shrub. The shrub grows as a bunch of long, strap-like leaves nearly about 2 meters extensive, from which arises a taller blossoming shoot with dramatic red or yellow flowers. It’s a persistent genus in Australia and some of the Pacific islets. The blades of this plant comprise Cucurbitacins, which’re toxic to some animals.

Height: It can grow up to 8 feet tall

Uses: It had a wide range of medicinal uses. It is also commonly utilized as tinder. Its roasted seeds are also used as coffee. It is also used to manufacture rope though they are not strong. Now it is used as hedging or shelter.

Planting tips: It should be planted in a well drained soil and semi shaded area. It should not be overwatered. Proper feeding is also required for the best growth of this plant.

Soil type: It require moist but well drained soil for best growth. Acid, Neutral and Alkaline soils are best for such plant growth.

Pruning: It should be pruned in the early spring. The dead leaves should be eradicated immediately.

Water requirement:  Not much water required after established

Aspect: North facing, south facing, east facing or west facing

Pests and problems: Mealybug may be a major problem in this plant. However, no major diseases appear with it, so don’t worry about it.

Climate: It performs well in several Australian regions.

 

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