How to trim lavender

Trimming lavender is an important step that helps extend and renew blooming year after year.

Although the plant will grow fine if it isn’t pruned, your lavender will never be more beautiful than if you care for it regularly.

Trimming lavender also keeps it from seeming bare or sparse.

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Trimming lavender

To avoid lavender losing its figure, the best technique is to prune on a regular basis. Pruning lavender every year will enhance blooming.

  • The right time to prune lavender is after the blooming, at the end of summer.
  • Keeping up with this repeated pruning will result in magnificent plants.

After blooming, remove wilted flowers. You may also use flowers that are still open and place them in a closet to give the laundry a nice smell.

  • Lavender is only pruned on the tender wood, ideally on the year’s growth.
  • Old growth never sends new shoots out. If lavender is pruned on old growth, it can’t grow back, and there is a chance it would die.
  • Best practices are to snip all around the lavender plant, without ever cutting old, dry wood.
  • A good way to do this is to cut on the current year’s leaves.

A video on trimming lavender

Here is a video on how to correctly prune your own lavender.