Lavender Pruning in Winter 

 

It is important that in Winter you prune your lavender, especially if you had forgotten to do it  before the Winter had started. It is advised that you prune your lavender back at the end of September and beginning of October, before the first frosts start to appear. 

 

Why do we prune Lavender?

 

It is important that you prune your lavender to encourage stronger growth in the roots over the Winter period, so the plant becomes stronger and more established as a result. You also want to be pruning dead heads from old flower buds so more energy is put into growing new, stronger and more vibrant colored flowers for the next season.

 

What you will need for pruning?

 

  1. Good pair of secateurs or sheers (scissors on smaller plants will do)

 

Step 1 - Look at your Plant

 

Have a look at your plant, see what needs to be pruned back. Are there still old heads from the last flowering? Are sections a little woody? Any areas with some mould? These are parts of the plant you will want to prune back to encourage new growth and keep the plant feeling as well as looking healthy. 

 

Step 2 - Pruning 

 

Do not be afraid when pruning. Do not feel you are being too harsh. It is important to cut it right back (as you will see in the video). Start from the top, and work your way down, make sure not to tear your plant. You may cut it back to the point it looks barron, but do not worry. Lavender is relatively hardy and will come back stronger thanks to your prune. 

 

Lavender requires good sun and constant air circulation. If it doesn't have either, this encourages mould and both pests and diseases to build up. 

 

To see a physical demonstration, please watch the video above.

 

If you have any further questions or suggestions, please drop an email to: info@lavenderworld.co.uk

 

Helen



March 04, 2021 — Alfie Thomlinson