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Post by kimb on Thu 13 Aug 2009 - 17:38

Ladies we have a gigantic phormium in our garden and we want to split it ,but dont know how without just hacking it to bits . any ideas of the best way to do it .

at present the plant stands at about 10 - 12 feet tall and about 4 - 5 feet across , and at its base it looks very dense

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Post by Di Masters on Thu 13 Aug 2009 - 19:49

Crikey, didn't realise they could grow that big!
Never dealt with one, have you tried googling?

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Post by WeirdCat on Thu 13 Aug 2009 - 19:53

Wondered what the heck you were talking about!

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Re: massive phormium ...what to do

Post by kimb on Thu 13 Aug 2009 - 20:01

not tried googling , i will go do that now .

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Post by kimb on Thu 13 Aug 2009 - 20:18

ok read up it says foer a tenax like the one we have ,you have to do it autumn and use a spade to break it up ,oh and it might take about 3 strong men to do it .....anyone want a tenax...you want , you dig!!!!!!!

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Post by Di Masters on Thu 13 Aug 2009 - 20:28

That'll keep you busy for September then lol!!

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Re: massive phormium ...what to do

Post by kimb on Thu 13 Aug 2009 - 22:04

not me , steve and the lads ,i shall make the tea or open the cans

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Post by Guest on Thu 13 Aug 2009 - 22:06

Honestly Kim, you would do better to get them to dig the whole thing up as they don't have deep roots, just a very compact shallow root base. Dig all round the outside in a circle, use (as I did!) a pick-axe or mattock and dig it all out, then you can get them to use two spades or forks back to back to separate some bits out. You will find the centre will be almost worthless as it will be so compacted if it's got to that height. And yes, defo in the autumn (but before it gets frosty). September is a bit too early I think.

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Post by kimb on Fri 14 Aug 2009 - 7:10

ok thanks patty , will do

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