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Phormium tenax

Last post 17-02-2010 7:06 PM by bogweevil. 5 replies.

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  • 17/02/2010 12:34 PM
    • Barbi
    • kilkenny, Ireland
    • 17 Feb 2010
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    I would like to know if my poor Phormium tenax purpurea will ever recover from being flattened by recent snow/ice etc

    was approx 5-6ft high 3ft spread and now just laying flat on ground.

    Should I cut it back or dig up ?

    Any advice gratefully received

    Thank you

  • 17/02/2010 01:55 PM
    • miranda
    • Oxfordshire
    • 17 Nov 2004
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    What do the roots look like, Barbi? If they've turned to mush, then it's a goner, but if they still look okay then you could try propping it up, or cutting it back hard if it won't be propped up, and hope it recovers. 

  • 17/02/2010 04:26 PM
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    Sadly, it is reported that they seldom recover and repalcement is the best option.

    Sorry

    Boggy

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  • 17/02/2010 04:30 PM
    • Barbi
    • kilkenny, Ireland
    • 17 Feb 2010
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    Miranda.

    Sadly roots look pretty mushy too so I guess its a goner!

    Thank you for advice

    Barb

  • 17/02/2010 04:32 PM
    • Barbi
    • kilkenny, Ireland
    • 17 Feb 2010
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    thanks for reply.

    would that also apply to cordylines ? I have several and they all look very sick since winter weather?

    barb

  • 17/02/2010 07:06 PM
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    If the growing tip at the base of the leaves is dead and rotted things don't look good, but if it is sound there is hope.  They might resprout from the trunk or even ground so don't be too quick to discard them.  You will know by August.

     

    Boggy

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