Phormium - the flax - is a genus of two species in the Asphodelaceae family, endemic to New Zealand.
It is an herbaceous perennial monocot with sword-shaped dark-green leaves growing up to 3 metres long, sometimes with coloured edges and central ribs. Some cultivated varieties range from light green through pink to deep russet bronze, and some variegated, with leaves marked by contrasting stripes in shades of green, red, bronze, pink and yellow.
Sowing & planting
30 - 500
6 - 8
Plant my new zealand flax
Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low.
Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air.
Water copiously just after planting.
If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.
Water my new zealand flax
Water regulary in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !