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Mountain cabbage tree
The mountain cabbage tree originally grew in the cool mountain forests of New Zealand and is characterized by its wide, two meter long, blue-grey foliage. The fibres of the leaf are very strong, and were used by the Maori for, among other things, fishing. The young stems are eaten as a vegetable.
The false stem can reach a height of eight meters in nature. In a temperate climate, the species can be kept as a container plant, which is why the plant will stay smaller. The minimum temperature lies around minus 10 degrees Celsius, but in a sheltered spot, the older plants are even more hardy.
Sow the seeds in sowing mix and let them germinate at around 20 degC. Keep the soil constantly moist. Germination normally occurs in 8 to 12 weeks.
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Photo 1: Tanetahi via Flickr
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