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growing phormium from seed

Posted by chuckstoll 5-6 (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 20, 08 at 19:18

I see our local box stores selling an annual New Zealand Flax (Phormium) "Lancer Red Edge", I understand this plant is an annual in my zone. How do you collect and ultimately store and grow these from seed?

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RE: growing phormium from seed

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 21, 08 at 0:06

Phormium tenax - best sown fresh, barely covered, @55-65F. Germination in 30-180 days.

The hybrids like the one you mention are generally vegetatively propagated - genetically identical to their parents. Not so with seed raised plants the seedlings will all be genetically different - will produce plants with an assortment (of genes!) of foliage colors, heights

RE: growing phormium from seed

I am interested in growing a number of grasses from seed, after I remove the seed from the plants do they need to be stored a particular way until next year or can I plant them now.

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