Lavender illustration by M. Jeng
Blue Line: We prune our lavender in early April (New Zealand autumn). Prune back all shoots at least 1/3 of the plant.
Red Line: Never cut down to wood base.
Autumn is the time of the year to take care of your lavenders. In New Zealand, autumn is around March to May. Lavender is a semi-shrub plant. The word "Shrub" describes small to medium sized woody bushes. Lavender looks like a perennial flower because most of it is soft green growth. The green part will turn to wood after a few years old.
Pruning the lavender once a year is very important. It will slow down the formation of wood and prolong the lifetime of your plant.
How to Prune your Lavender Plant?
It is easy, simple and only have few key points:
- Prune 1/3 of the entire plant, reshaping into a nice mound shape.
- For those "leggy" verities, you might need to pay more attention to keep them in a nice shape.
- Go heavier on an old plant but never cut down to the wood base.
Why you need to prune lavender?
The lavender will develop a woody center and stop producing new shoots. It means flower will be only on the outside edges, not in the center, destroying its overall appearance.
One of the joys of pruning lavender is the scent. It makes you feel cheerful and clearheaded. There is no doubt that lavender is calming and antidepressant for aromatherapy.
Lavenders is easy to take care. Just spend a little time in autumn it will appropriate with beautiful aroma in summer.
This is our lavender plant after pruning in our field in autumn. We normally use a machine to give them a hair cut. There is no need for it to be perfect but it is an essential process for their health of growing.
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