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Pruning lavender in spring: why pruning twice a year is so important

Lavender is one of the most popular garden plants. For the cultivation of the plant is important that you cut the lavender in the spring. If the bushes are not cut, they quickly lose their beauty. Learn exactly how and when to prune lavender throughout the year to maintain its pretty appearance and extend the life of the plant.

When to cut lavender

Lavender in the garden should be cut after flowering and in the spring

The best time to prune lavender is in the spring, but most experts advise two cuts per year – one after flowering in the summer and a second, harder cut in the spring.

Knowing how to prune lavender in the spring is important if you want these fragrant plants to stay in good shape for years to come. Lavender is an essential fragrant plant for the garden, and it has long been valued for its medicinal properties. It is also a magnet for bees, butterflies and other valuable pollinators.

There is more than one type of lavender

However, if left to its own devices, lavender can become woody and exhausted. If you neglect the plants for too long, they may have difficulty recovering and will need to be replaced with new ones.

There is more than one type of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), with English lavenders such as Hidcote and Munstead being the most popular and hardy. Other European lavender varieties are less hardy, so you need to be extra careful when pruning them. However, there are some golden rules that you can apply to all lavender plants.

Why and how to prune lavender in spring.

How to cut lavender in the garden so that it grows again

To reduce the development of woody stems and encourage new growth, you can apply more radical pruning when you cut lavender in late February or mid-March. You should do this in the spring so the plant has enough time to recover.

Take a stem and examine it – you will notice that it has a woody base below the foliage. The amount of wood depends on the age of the plant and the quality of the cut.

To extend the life of lavender, you should prune it in the spring


Using clean, sharp pruning shears, cut the stem about two to three inches above the woody attachment on the leafy part of the stem. Do not cut into the wood below.

Try to give the lavender plant a nice round shape by cutting the outer stems slightly shorter than the inner stems. Dead, frost-damaged or diseased branches should be removed completely.

How to cut woody lavender

Cutting lavender in spring is very important for plant care

When lavender is a few years old, it can develop long, “woody” stems that look unsightly. However, it is possible to rejuvenate them. Although it’s usually avoided, cutting back old woody lavender can be a great way to renew it. The trick is to make sure there are still signs of life below the cut in the form of growth nodules. If you cut off more than this limit, the stems are unlikely to recover, so examine them carefully.

Remember that you are taking a risk. Before pruning a heavily woody lavender, take some semi-ripe cuttings so that if the plant dies, you can pull a new cutting.

How to prune lavender in the first year.

Pruning lavender in the spring: tips on how to do it right.


At this early stage, pruning aims to encourage new growth and create a nice mounded shape. If you grew your lavender from seed or cuttings, it’s a good idea to prune back the new tops to make the plant bushy. Cut back the new lavender in the summer after it has finished blooming.

Using clean, sharp scissors, cut each stem back by one-third to remove the flowers and part of the green stem. The cut should not be “hard”, that is, near the hollow base of the stem. Еs important to leave enough leaves on the stems when the plants are still young.

Lavender has medicinal and healing properties

Try to form an even dome by leaving the stems longer in the center and gradually shortening them toward the outer edges of the plant. After the lavender is pruned back, it may bloom a second time. Cut them in the same way, but in time before the onset of cold autumn weather.

Cut mature of lavender in the spring

Lavender is one of the most popular garden plants

Lavender plants establish quickly, so you’ll need to do a simple but thorough pruning starting in the second year to keep them in shape. It’s best to prune plants in two stages – after flowering and in spring, between late February and mid-March.

Don’t prune lavender back too much after the end of summer. Otherwise, it may not survive the cold weather. On the other hand, if you forget to prune in the summer, it is better to wait until next spring. Especially when it comes to the less hardy French, Spanish and Italian lavenders.

To dry the lavender stems are hung upside down

To prune lavender in summer, take a handful of stems and cut them with clean, sharp scissors, removing up to a third of the plant’s growth. Do not cut too close to the woody base of the stems.

To dry the flowers, tie the stems into bundles and hang them upside down.

Tip: How to cut lavender so that it grows back

Remember to prune lavender in the summer

When you cut lavender to regrow it, it is important that you do not cut into the “dead” woody growth. If you harvest the lavender immediately after flowering, it may have a second flowering.