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Want to remove this plant from my garden, cordyline ?


 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:58 pm    Post subject: Want to remove this plant from my garden, cordyline ? Reply with quote

Hi there, this plant (cordlyine ?) is taking over this small patch of garden and I would really like to remove it. Is there any other way other than digging it out ?

Thanks in advance


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear! Phormium tenax, aka New Zealand Flax. They are very tough to get out. First cut the extremely tough leaves off so you are left with a stump. Then dig it out. The roots will require loppers or a hatchet to cut through. I took out a 6' x 6' one a couple of years ago, and it took most of the day.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh no, was hoping I could maybe spray something on it to kill it off.........
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its small enough so should be no problem have removed loads of these cut leaves back the use a pick axe should come up easy /
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fibrous root system is fairly easy to remove. If you're going to tackle it yourself i recommend cutting away the foliage to leave a stump and then dig a trench around the stump.

Use a sharp spade to cut the roots all the way around the stump.

If you wait until late September you can replant the root cuttings and make more phormiums..
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok thanks everybody, maybe it won't be such a hard job afterall. 'The Garden Shop' don't think I will ever want to see this pant again so won't be replanting. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha,. I thought you would say. That Phormium is a bit of a beast.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="firsttimer"]ok thanks everybody, maybe it won't be such a hard job afterall. 'The Garden Shop' don't think I will ever want to see this pant again so won't be replanting. Laughing[/quote


Always remember " Whats Dirt to one Man....is Gold to another " I cant get enough of those Plants for my Garden...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how deep do the root systems on cordylines go? i've dug to about ten inches deep around it, and it just seems to have a solid root disappearing downwards.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kep digging, about three feet or more , you will dig down find a large swollen stump you have to get under this and break the anchor roots then rock it to remove, Dig a deep trench fill it with water and leave overnight this will help loosen it, good luck tough job.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and there was me proud of having just removed a sizable leylandii stump. plenty of digging in my future.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good lord, that was work.
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