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New Zealand grass (Phormium tenax)

New Zealand grass (Phormium tenax)

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Cultivation of Phormium tenax:

  • Phormium tenax, known as New Zealand grass or harakeke, is a perennial plant grown for its decorative leaves.
  • Prefers sunny or semi-shady places, but can also tolerate shade.

Maintenance of Phormium tenax:

  • Watering: Young plants need regular watering to maintain soil moisture. Adult plants are adapted to drier conditions and tolerate drought.
  • Fertilization: Fertilize the plant once a year using a balanced granular fertilizer.
  • Pruning: Remove dry or damaged leaves to keep the plant looking neat.

Benefits of Phormium tenax:

  • Decorativeness: Phormium tenax has extremely attractive leaves in various colors such as green, red, bronze or yellow. This makes it an excellent choice for landscaping or placing in containers.
  • Durability: This plant is very hardy and can withstand a variety of growing conditions, including exposure to salt and wind. It is also resistant to drought and dry air.
  • Low maintenance: Phormium tenax is a relatively easy plant to maintain. It does not require frequent watering or intensive fertilization.
  • Bird and insect attraction: The plant's flowers attract birds, bees and other beneficial insects to the garden.

It is important to note that Phormium tenax can reach a size of several meters in height and width, so it is important to provide enough space for the growth of the plant when planting. Also, the plant can withstand mild freezing, but in colder areas, additional protection may be needed during the winter.

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