Phormium Tenax New Zealand Flax Jester 10 Litre: Jester is one of the relatively new breed of Phormiums, it is slightly more compact than the more traditional varieties only reaching heights of approximately 1.2 metres with a similar spread. Jester makes a striking addition to the garden, foliage is deep pink edged green
Phormium originally from New Zealand, are versatile evergreen plants that tolerate a range of conditions, they cope well by the seaside where other plants have failed and can look at home in a variety of different planting schemes, and will happily sit in large pots. In recent years they have become increasingly popular in the UK this is mainly due to the fact that they grow quick, are easy to maintain and there is a large choice of varieties and colours. It makes a stunning centrepiece in a container, or an architectural specimen plant in the border either surrounded by coloured gravel or soil.
What to expect: Your plant will arrive in a 10 Litre pot approximately 60/80cm tall, and look just like pictures.
Planting Position: Best planted in a sunny spot through to light shade partial shade, somewhere it can be seen and admired. Will do well in damp areas.
Soil: Will sit happily and adapt to most soil types does especially well in damp free draining damp soil heavy clay should be avoided.
Suitable for container planting: Yes a great choice for pot or ground.
Eventual height and spread: Typically 1.5 metres tall with a 2 metre spread.
Growth Speed: Relatively quick
Growth Habit: Draping almost cascading
Flowering Period: July and August, however this does depend on summer temperatures, the warmer the climate the more probable flowering will be.
Pruning: Not really a requirement.
Variegatum is a clump forming medium sized evergreen, any winter damage should be removed in spring before the growing season begins.
Foliage: As the name suggests Tri Colour so 3 colours green and yellow edged in pale red.
Winter Hardy: Yes to approximately -10. It may be advisable if planted in a pot to protect the roots by wrapping the pot on bubble wrap during harsh winters or in the colder parts of the UK
Phormium are a tough plant that require very little maintenance apart from a tidy up after winter. Adding some well-rotted manure in early spring to the planted area will give the plants a boost after the dormant months and stimulate new growth.