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Hi my 2 6 & 7ft new zealand flax have been flattened by the snow this winter i have removed all the dead flax however the plant is still flat and alot of the leaves are orangey and half dead .Can i cut it right back to the base (a task that will take a life time considring their size )and will it grow back??



If there's any leaves which are looking okay, leave those on, but you can take the other dead or damaged leaves off. Careful you don't remove any incipient new growth though.

20 Jun, 2010


Thanks ... could you clarify incipient new growth presumably this is right at the base of the plant ??

20 Jun, 2010


Could be anywhere at the base, nearest the ground - sometimes appears at the base of other leaves, and if you're not careful, you find you've chopped the tip off the new leaf along with the damaged ones you're trying to remove.

21 Jun, 2010


Thanks I have a huge job a head !

21 Jun, 2010


Well, to be honest, even if you do chop the tip off a new leaf, it'll still grow - but it'll be blunt at the end!

22 Jun, 2010

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