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Phormium advice please

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 09:02

I was wondering if phormiums can be split and if now is an ok time of year to do it...?

I have two gorgeous phormiums about four years old but they are huge now and I can see in their bases that they appear to be made up almost of separate plants already.

Is it too wet to try and split them now?


Also having looked at a couple of other threads about phormiums I see they are meant to flower. Mine have never flowered in the whole time I've had them! Any tips to encourage flowering or reasons why so far they haven't?

Thanks for any advice you may have 

Ants nest in my Digitalis

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 17:48

Thanks all. Sorry for delay in responding.

I think they are undermined by the ants. 

Can I dig them up, flood the ants out and then replant? I really like where they are positioned in the garden....

Capel Manor College - which campus?

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 18:11

I'm starting at Gunnersbury in September. Cant tell you what it will be like though!

All the best and enjoy 

Ants nest in my Digitalis

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:15

Hi all,

My digitalis was doing splendidly but recently it has started looking rather sorry for itself.

On closer inspection it is teeming with ants who are all over stems and right down in the base of the leaves.

It looks like they may have a nest in there.

I have hosed them off but they return within a short while.

Is this a common problem? Can anything be done that wont wipe out the plant too?

Grateful for any advice.

Why don't my birds love me any more....?

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 22:21

I'm a suburban you get Sparrowhawks in Middlesex?

Why don't my birds love me any more....?

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 10:32

Right sunflower hearts it is then and when they head back I'll keep my fingers crossed they dont get picked off by a sparrowhawk!

Why don't my birds love me any more....?

Posted: 20/12/2012 at 22:29

I did wonder about that but I cant recall if I even used a soap and if I did I rinsed it really well.

I've got mixed seed in there but I was thinking of seeing if I could tempt them back with sunflower seeds as they do love them best.

I tried fat balls but the squirels finished them off in a day *sigh*

Maybe another full rinse out and some sunflower seeds will do the trick. What pampered birds!

Why don't my birds love me any more....?

Posted: 20/12/2012 at 21:32

I have had a bird feeder hanging in my garden for some time now and it has always been very well used by a variety of little birds, who in turn sprinkle enough to keep the ground feeding birds happy too.

About a month ago I notice that it was grubby so took it down and gave it a good wash and then refilled.

Since then the birds just aren't using it anymore. I see them in the garden but they arent going anywhere near the feeder.

I'm baffled! 

Phormium protection

Posted: 20/12/2012 at 21:27

Thanks all. Think I'll err on the side of caution and wrap them snuggly.

Phormium protection

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 12:00

Hi all,

Can you advise how to protect my phormiums over the winter and now the frosts are upon us. I have done some internet research but the advice seems contradictory. Some sites say they are ok over the winter and other sites regail terrible stories of frost damaged plants never to recover.

Would be grateful as always for your expert advice 

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