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Phormium ? Any ideas how to tackle and tidy up thanks.

EilaEila Posts: 63


  • SandygardenSandygarden Posts: 119
    I had one just like that and would give it a brutal hair cut+ pull off the dead leaves and within the same season I would get lots of fresh spears and a much more compact shape
  • EilaEila Posts: 63
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121
    Sandygarden is quite right ; you could reduce it to a football-sized clump providing you have razor-sharp shears . You can't be too brutal with these .
    I once reduced one in this manner following the severe winter of 09/10 ; it re-grew and flowered the same year !
    I think the worst aspect is getting rid of all the removed foliage . :s 
  • EilaEila Posts: 63
    Wow cut back so much ! Think i will give it a go.
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,103
    Agree about needing razor sharp shears - I use a scissors on mine to cut back individual leaves that are tatty. If you lift up sections you can remove all the dead or damaged leaves from the underside. 
    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
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