Lavender is the member of mint family. It produces flowers that are small and purple and aromatic foliage that are thick. This plant grows best in rocky soil and in sunny areas. This plant grows thicker as each season passes and it can be woody with heavy and thick branches. Therefore, if you have lavender, you need to trim the plant properly. We’ve got the summary on how to prune it below:
Step 1: Wait for the Second Year to Come
Lavender needs few years to get established fully. In the beginning you plant this flower; the plant may only produce few stalks of flowers. But then in the subsequent years, the plant will produce more and larger bushes of flowers.
When you start trimming the lavender in the 2nd year of the plant’s growth, you may end up getting only few stalks of flowers. Yet, as you continue growing the flower, in the year three or four, you will get more and you will have around five until eight bunches of lavenders for you to dry and to display.
Step 2: Trim the Lavender Once Its Flowers Open
Lavender will be at its best fragrant moment when its flowers buds open. The appearance of the flowers buds may happen either in the early summer of late spring. When the buds do appear, trim your lavender in the noon time.
That time is the best for the trimming as the lavender’s essential oils are at its strongest level. However, if you want to enjoy the flower buds in your garden, you may postpone the trimming for a few weeks.
Step 3: Work with Clean Pruning Shears
Use shears or hand pruners that have been cleanly washed and disinfected. Making sure that the equipment you are using to trim the lavender is essential as the plant should not pick up any bacterial disease. Therefore, before trimming the lavender using any equipment, disinfect it with a bleach solution.
Besides, you also need to make sure that the shears or the trimming equipment are really sharps to let you make clean and tidy cut that can quickly heal. For the trimming process, it is recommended to avoid any use of scissors. Such equipment will not enable you to make clean cut.
Step 4: Gather all the Stalks and Trim Them
Grab enough stalks with one of your hands and then trim the plant’s stems using your shears. Then trim the stems back to get 1/3 length of those stems left in the shrub. Make sure you don’t cut any shrub’s woody part. You need to leave the wood intact because cutting the woody part can injure the lavender.
Step 5: Trim Again
Lastly, you need to trim the plant again when the 2nd flush of lavender’s flowers open. Later when the summer comes, that shrub will create new flush of flowers. To trim this, do the same procedure as you do in the first flush trimming. Cut those stalks by its fistful.
Trimming the lavender is of course needed. However, you need to make sure you do the trimming correctly not to injure or to kill the plant.