Hello. I have 3 New Zealand Flax plants that are planted close together and are about 10 feet tall. The frost this winter damaged 2 of the 3. The t...
Frost Damaged New Zealand Flax #822704
Asked March 17, 2023, 4:30 PM EDT
Hello. I have 3 New Zealand Flax plants that are planted close together and are about 10 feet tall. The frost this winter damaged 2 of the 3. The third one seems fine. I have removed the damaged leaves from the damaged tops and the stems where the leaves were are soft. Is there a way for me to rescue them? Should I cut off the tops of the stems? Or do I need to cut them down to soil level and maybe they'll sprout from the bottom again?
See attached photos and thank you very much for your help!
Thank you! I clicked on the GardeningKnowHow link and it said it is probably best to cut it down to the soil level and it should spout again if the roots aren’t damaged. I will definitely try that. I have noticed quite of few of these around my neighborhood in Beaverton and some look damaged and some seem OK. I love mine so I’m hoping I can save it. Thanks so much for your time and effort!
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