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Lavender pruning


Question: Lavender pruning


Hello everyone! They gave me a potted lavender that I then transplanted into the ground. This year I appreciated all its beauty when and how to prune it since it already has woody parts? Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer: Lavender pruning


Dear Rosalba,
lavender is a beautiful aromatic plant, typical of the Mediterranean landscape; unfortunately it has an often not very elegant habit, because the shrubs, if left to themselves, tend to develop in height, up to 150-180 cm, producing foliage and flowers only at the apex of the branches, and leaving instead the lower part of the stems completely bare; the wood with gray bark has a rather particular aspect, which surely not all find decorative. To avoid that lavender shrubs tend to develop in this way, typically they tend to prune often, at least once a year; since the woody parts tend not to produce sprouts, pruning takes place just after flowering, when the bright purple flowers are switching to lilac-gray; it is pruned going almost to the bottom of the branch, or at least, a few centimeters above the area where the new leaves begin. In this way the production of new shoots and new foliage is stimulated, maintaining at the same time the dense and dense shrub, without empty spaces. In Provence in fact the lavender plantations are kept very low, thanks to the fact that periodically the flowers are pruned to extract the perfumed oil. Lavenders are also very easy to propagate, even at the time of pruning: take some of the most beautiful and best developed twigs that you have pruned, and simply bury them for about a third of their length; within a few weeks they will begin to develop new plants. This operation is carried out at the end of flowering, in summer, or even in spring. The flowers that you have obtained with pruning can be used to create dry bouquets; once dried, simply place the branches on a cotton cloth (or a large newspaper), tighten them a little and shake them with your hands: in the sheet you will find all the fragrant flowers, which can be used to perfume the environment, or drawers. My grandmother took the twigs and tied them, with raffia tied them in small bunches, with the binding just below the ears of flowers; then he bent the twigs to cover the flowers and fixed them again with raffia; in this way he obtained enormous lavender-scented olives, which he put in the closet.