Cistus Nursery

*RETAIL - Phormium tenax 'Guardsman'

*RETAIL - Phormium tenax 'Guardsman'

The king of the flax, this giant grows to 8-10 ft or more with large, excruciatingly slowly offsetting fans of wide, saturated red-pink, coral, and deep maroon-green. Certainly one of the most striking in color and, as Murphy's Law would have it, the slowest to divide. This year, we finally have a few large divisions (and have decided not to have people sign adoption papers). Same hardiness and growing conditions as the others.   Bright light is good; afternoon dappled shade in hot climates for best color. Divide when pot bound and protect below mid to upper teens.



Planting Recommendations

Under most conditions, planting directly into the garden is best. Keep in mind, that in our care, plants have been protected from intense sunlight and drying winds and would therefore require sheltered transition time in order to acclimate to such conditions in your garden.

All plants going into containers (rather than in the ground) should be potted immediately in well-drained potting mix and watered well to ensure the soil is fully moistened with no air pockets. Succulent plants abide by different rules (**see below).

Plants held for later planting are best stored in a cool greenhouse or a well-lit garage or basement, rather than in your house where conditions are likely too warm and dry.

Those plants needing time to acclimate can be set out in pots and provided some shade and shelter for the first week to allow for a successful transition.

**For cacti and other succulents, we recommend using a soil mix of less than 30% organic matter, preferably a 2-1 blend of cactus/succulent potting soil and pumice, perlite or lava rock. These plants are sensitive to prolonged heavy moisture, especially in cool/winter conditions. Keep this in mind when watering them for the first time. It is better to leave them dry in lower temperatures.

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