Phormium Evening Glow Propagation methods
It is propagated by division of the plant clumps in Spring after all signs of frost are gone. You can start your Phormium evening glow plants as potted plants after division or plant them straight into prepared soil on the grounds. Smaller clumps should be potted before transferring to the ground, but larger clumps can be planted directly.
Growing Conditions required for Evening Glow
- Soil: Just like other cultivars of New Zealand flax, ‘Evening glow’ is not selective of soil type or quality and will grow in poor soil as well as nutrient-rich soil. The ideal soil type is well-draining with an acidic to neutral pH.
- Light: It loves the full sun because it enhances its foliage colour although it can also tolerate partial shade.
- Water: Phormiums can generally do well on their own and can survive depending on only rainwater. When cultivating it, you can water it to keep the soil around it moist, especially in extremely hot climates. Avoid overwatering as it can affect the roots.
- Pruning: Pruning of this species is not required because of its clumping and upright growth habit. When it is done, it should be in a diagonal shape to maintain the beauty of the leaves.
- Fertilisers: They are greedy feeders but do not require fertilisers. They will do well without it but when fertilisers are added they grow much faster. A layer of compost added to the topsoil will help retain moisture in the soil and serve as a supply of nutrients.
- Pests and diseases: It is often attacked by phormium mealy bugs but is generally free of diseases.
- Temperature and Humidity: They are hardy plants that like hot and humid weather but that can also withstand some levels of frost.