Pruning lavender: when and how? Our advices


What a joy to cultivate lavender plants in your garden! This divinely scented plant is perfect for dry gardens, light, well-drained soils and very sunny locations. It seems to be able to thrive without special care since it likes poor soils, hates excess water and cannot stand to be severely pruned. But make no mistake, lavender still needs a little tidying up every now and then. However, it is better to rely on the know-how of gardening professionals so as not to destroy it. So let’s see when and how to prune your lavender.

When to prune lavender?

It is at the end of summer, just after the flowering period, that the faded flowers of lavender are removed.

We keep it light hand if one has to prune this plant and if one considers that the pruning is superfluous, one simply abstains. Note, however, that pruning well done and at the right time allows you to enjoy more dense flowering the following year.

Pruning lavender helps maintain pretty shape of the bush. If it grows a little in all directions, you just have to restore it to its harmonious look. It is therefore a simple maintenance job that should be reserved for lanky lavender feet. But in this case, the ideal period is the very beginning of spring.

How to prune lavender?

There are different methods of pruning lavender, each with a specific purpose and should always be done at a specific time.

  • Make bouquets : in the middle of summer, cut with secateurs only the stems of the year which bear fresh flowers.
  • Remove faded flowers : this very superficial pruning takes place at the end of September.
  • Get the lavender plant back in shape : it is when spring returns that the dead branches should be cut, giving the lavender base the appearance of a semi-dry and shapeless plant. We then use a shear. And to refine the session, we take care of the finishing touches which consist in possibly removing two or three new superfluous, rebellious or badly placed shoots, which we cut at the base with a secateurs. This allows to restore its pretty rounded shape to the bush.

Before the resumption of vegetation, that is to say at the beginning of March, a few young branches can be cut back between 30 and 50% of their length to promote the production of new shoots. This size promotes thickening of the tuft. It is only necessary if the lavender foot has a very skinny look. In the case of a lavender that has grown all over the place, only the young twigs that grow a little too large can be shortened.

Tips for pruning lavender

Here are some specifics to know for keep a lavender plant as long as possible, namely between 5 and 6 years because it is a plant with a relatively short lifespan. Note all the same that in excellent growing conditions, and if you live in Provence, you can keep it beautiful for about ten years.

Regarding the size, you should in any case know that thewe never cut lavender wood because that only unbalances the foot. No branch grows back on the old wood. Even worse, lavender hates extremely severe pruning which prevents it from blooming again and can even in most cases cause it to die well before age.

A rejuvenation waist can be tried if the lavender plant is starting to age and the plant has lost its beauty. In this case, the oldest branches must be cut at the base, as close to the ground as possible. Those which still seem vigorous are to conserve. Can also trim above one eye which will give birth to a new shoot. In this way, the lavender plant has every chance of branch the next year.

The size of lavender is quite delicate and if one doubts its capacities in the matter, one entrusts this care without complex to a landscaper. At most, we can then be content to cut the flower stalks just before wilting. They make it possible to make lovely and fragrant bouquets to have in the house. It is possible to de-seed the dry ears in order to fill small cheesecloth bags to be placed in the cupboards to pleasantly perfume the linen. As for the fresh lavender flowers, we leave them on the foot because bees love them!