How To Prune Lavender
Beautiful purple-coloured, rolling hills in the French countryside, or quaint, cast-iron balconies with terracotta pots filled with this wonderful scented Mediterranean plant: no plant speaks more to the imagination than Lavender. This French garden classic is also popular with English garden enthusiasts. It adorns many English gardens, borders, balconies and terraces. Lavender is a sweet smelling, low maintenance plant. For a beautiful plant, it is important to prune Lavandula - as this garden plant is called in Latin – regularly. Regular pruning and trimming will help them to grow out into a lovely shaped plant. How to prune Lavender?
How do I prune lavender?
For a beautiful flowering Lavender bush prune them in spring. After the main pruning, you can prune Lavender regularly several times a year. By pruning and trimming regularly, you ensure that they grow into lovely plants. Lavender is very easy to prune. Here are a few tips. For main pruning, cut the plant back to about ten to fifteen centimetres above the ground. Do not cut down to leafless growth, because then the plant will not run out anymore. Lavender grows on stems that grew this year. When pruning to give your plants a lovely shape, merely remove any spent flowers. Make sure you do not cut down to old wood, as lavender does not rejuvenate from old wood. Regularly pruning your plants from a young age will stimulate them to form new shoots and stay beautiful and full. To encourage dense branching, we recommend a light pruning several times during the growing season.
When can I prune lavender?
The best time to prune Lavender is in the spring and autumn. At the end of March or the beginning of April the main pruning takes place, and in the autumn it is time for the last trim before winter sets in. The moment to top the flowers of Lavender is in the spring when the plant is not yet in bloom. Young plants should not be topped – or trimmed – more than three times a year. The plants will then bloom later, but you will have much longer enjoyment of the plant.
When can I plant Lavender?
Each season is suitable for planting Lavender. If you plant Lavender between April and August, it will grow and develop faster. It is an excellent border plant and pot plant as well as very suitable to plant as a colourful and fragrant hedge. Ideal for along the garden path or terrace.
When can I fertilize Lavender
It is not necessary to fertilise Lavender in the garden. Fertilise potted plants in spring. For a healthy, strong plant that blossoms nicely, we recommend a sprinkling of lime as well. Sprinkle some lime around your plants once every two years in the autumn, in winter or early spring. However; this is not necessary if you live in an area with chalky or sandy soils.
When can I plant Lavender?
The best time to plant Lavender is in April or August, just after the flowering period. Propagating Lavender through cuttings is a simple job. To make a cutting of this garden plant, cut off a medium sized stem of the plant, about 5 centimetres is enough. Cut the stem diagonally and remove the bottom leaves. Put the cuttings in a container filled with a mixture of potting soil, sand and grit. Make sure the leaves just touch the earth. Do not place your pots with cuttings in full sun and make sure the soil remains moist. After a few months, the cuttings will have rooted. Transplant the lavender cuttings to a larger pot. In the spring they can go outside to acclimatise. After the 15th of May, transplant the young plants to their final destination in the garden.