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Phormium: superb decorative plant


The phormium is a superb plant with a very decorative, generous and colorful tuft.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Phormium
Family : Agavaceae
Type : Perennial

Height
: 2 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Well drained

Foliage
: Persistent -Flowering : Summer

Planting phormium

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

The phormium crashes ideally in spring in a sunny location and in well-drained soil

Her low hardiness because it will be difficult to resist negative temperatures (maximum -6 °), it will then have to be grown in pots and sheltered in winter.

  • Pot you will only use potting soil, possibly mixed with a little sand
  • In earth you will make a mixture of soil + garden soil and possibly sand
  • In all cases the soil must be well drained

The culture of potted phormium is very suitable, provided you water when the soil is dry.

The multiplication of phormium is quite simple and is done by division after flowering in autumn.

Sowing seeds is also possible but more complicated to achieve.

Maintenance of phormium

After flowering, remove the flower stalks of the phormium by cutting as short as possible.

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

A mineral mulching highlights this perennial with various colors.

Watering phormium

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.

  • In summer, thewatering in the evening decreases evaporation and contributes to water savings

Phormium in pot:

Watering phormium in pots should be more regular than if it is in the ground. If the leaves of the phormium dry out, it is often a sign of a lack of water.

To know about phormium

Magnificent tuft, the phormium is a very pretty perennial with a bushy habit which is particularly suited to the pot culture on your patio or balcony, especially if the winter is cold.

Its foliage takes, depending on the variety, purple, bronze, green and sometimes striped hues. It is a very trendy plant today that is suitable for gardens, classic, Zen as well as contemporary.

Also called New Zealand Flax, this plant is from New Zealand. It is widely found in the thickets and swamps of New Zealand.

New Zealand flax cask widely used (and still now) by the Maori for many uses such as making baskets or clothing. Its roots even have disinfectant properties

Smart tip about phormium

Choose different varieties in the same bed for a guaranteed decorative effect.

Video: Introduction to Phormium Plant Varieties (October 2020).