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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 50

Focus on New Zealand Flax: Phormium Production in 2000

Robert Bett

pp: 68-72


This paper is a combination of 3 years intensive research on Phormium J.R. Forst. & G. Forst. for a Bachelor of Science in Crop Technology and Management at Writtle College, United Kingdom and a passion on my part for a truly amazing New Zealand native, making its mark around the world on our modern global landscapes.

My first encounter with Phormium was at Lees and Company, a specialist grower of container nursery stock to the landscaping industry in the United Kingdom. In the early 1980s, the plants arrived in large boxes from South Africa rapped in nappies. Later that same season, smaller plants wrapped in bundles of 25 in brown paper and sphagnum moss arrived from New Zealand. An air of mystique shrouded these plants and like any keen plantsperson I started thinking. What conditions would these plants grow under? What feed makes them thrive? How hardy are they and how do you propagate them? This search inevitably led me here to New Zealand, and 3 years on I'm still

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