How To Plant/care For New Zealand Flax In Oregon Climate - Knowledgebase Question

Portland, OR
Question by vlien
February 23, 2003
New Zealand Flax is not hardy for Oregon yet I see many gardens that feature it.. How should I plant it and care for it to protect it the best in my Oregon Climate. I want to plant it on a south facing, sunny side.


Answer from NGA
February 23, 2003


Phormium (New Zealand Flax) grows in my Seattle garden, so it should grow well for you - in a place protected from icy winter winds. The biggest problem for these plants is soggy soil. Provide a garden bed that drains extremely well (I planted mine in a raised planter) and the roots should survive even the wettest weather. A southern exposure will be perfect for this plant. If icy winds threaten, you can put up a temporary screen to protect the foliage. Once your plant is firmly established, the roots will replace the foliage if it's lost to and exceptionally cold winter weather pattern. Best wishes with your new plant!

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