Phormium tenax (New Zealand Flax) seeds
The big daddy of all the Phormiums! This is the original species type growing up to 4m in height producing a mass of long, arching, sword shaped leaves with a red or orange margin. In hot summers, towering flower spikes emerge from the centre of the leaves bearing beautiful red, tubular flowers. A pretty hardy species, it may need protection with a fleece jacket when young and from prolonged frosts below -5C.
Hardy Perennial (to -5C)
Height: to 4m, Spread: 2m
Position: Full sun in moist, well drained soil
Packet of 25 seeds
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow very thinly in trays or pots of peat-based seed compost (eg. Levington) and just cover the seed with sieved compost. Place in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag and maintain an optimum temperature of 15-18C. Germination should take place in 1-6 months. Note: Germination can be very erratic, so sow thinly and prick out the seedlings as they become large enough to handle disturbing the rest of the compost as little as possible.
Growing Instructions: Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots. Grow on in a coldframe and over-winter at a temperature of about 5C. Harden off in spring and plant out when all risk of frost has passed 50cm apart in a sunny site in well-drained soil.