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I have an Astelia in my garden that is now far too big for my garden (about 1m high x 1.5m wide. I suspect it's going to be hard to dig up so I wondered if I can cut the leaves back to make it easier to access or whether this will kill it? Any advice gratefully received!

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  • Posted: Sun. 18th March 2012 14:54

Re: Moving astelia silver spear

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Suzy,
You can cut it back, just expect it to take some time to recover. They take some time to recover from transplanting and/or division so don't be surprised if it looks sad for a while. Cutting back isn't usually recommended, but I know that many mail order places (particularly in its native NZ) will cut them back and ship them bare root.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 19th March 2012 20:46