Thinning variegated flax - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by edyafree
July 18, 2010
I'm in hot, humid Central Florida.

I need/want to thin out and then transplant some of my variegated flax.

l)do I cut it down and then thin it or just thin it out?

2) do I just pull it up like weeds or dig it up in clumps and then pull apart the clusters?


Answer from NGA
July 18, 2010
The answer really depends upon the size of the plants and whether or not you can separate them easily. Try digging them up with a fork (a fork will do less damage to the roots than a shovel). If you can successfully dig and divide them, you can transplant the divisions. If the roots are hopelessly entangled and you can't separate them without damaging the roots, you'll need to abandon the fork and simply cut the tops off the extra plants. Snipping them down at ground level will kill them but will make room for your other plants. Best wishes with your project.

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