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Re: New Zealand Flax - Phormium Tenax
Reply #30 - Nov 27th, 2020 at 11:50am
 
Goodbye yucca, hello nz flax Smiley
I will be planting this next spring
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Re: New Zealand Flax - Phormium Tenax
Reply #31 - Nov 27th, 2020 at 3:45pm
 
walter wrote on Nov 27th, 2020 at 11:50am:
Goodbye yucca, hello nz flax Smiley
I will be planting this next spring


My goal is to make converts! I think you'll like it. It does require a warmer climate to grow, though. There are also a ton of varieties. From what I've seen, just about any variety will yield useful fibers, but the green kind that I made the sling from (which I don't own), seems to be the best that I've used.

The leaves from older plants can get up to 2m tall. There is a neighbor that I asked if I could take some leaves, which is where I got this one from, and their plant has some 6ft leaves.  They mentioned that they want to get rid of it, so if I can, I want to try to transplant it into a large pot at my house. I have yet to figure out how to do it properly. The plant they have would fill 3 or 4 large planters, most likely.

There are a variety of fiber sizes that you get out of it, If I were more patient, I would separate the larger from the smaller and make small fiber (soft) and large fiber slings (more durable).  You asked a while back if the fibers are brittle. Not so far, even after 6 months of drying, they are nice an pliable.
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Re: New Zealand Flax - Phormium Tenax
Reply #32 - Nov 27th, 2020 at 6:00pm
 
def going to try it
THANKS
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