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Question: Lavender pruning

Hello everyone! They gave me a lavender in a pot which I then transplanted into the ground. This year I appreciated all its beauty when and how to prune it since it already has some 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 posture, because the shrubs, if left to themselves, tend to grow 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; wood with gray bark has a rather particular aspect, which surely not everyone finds decorative. To prevent lavender shrubs from developing in this way, they typically tend to prune often, at least once a year; since the woody parts tend not to produce buds, pruning is done just after flowering, when the bright purple flowers are passing to lilac-gray; it can be pruned by going almost to the end 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, while keeping the shrub always dense and dense, with no empty spaces. In fact, in Provence the lavender plantations are kept very low, thanks to the fact that the flowers are periodically pruned to extract the fragrant oil. Lavenders are also very easy to propagate, even when pruning: take some of the prettiest and best-developed twigs you have pruned, and simply plant them in for about a third of their length; within a few weeks they will begin to develop new seedlings. This is done at the end of flowering, in summer, or even in spring. The flowers you have obtained with the pruning can be used to create dry bouquets; once dried, simply place the branches on a cotton cloth (or on a large newspaper leaf), squeeze 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 leveled them, with raffia she tied them in tight bunches, with the binding just below the spikes of flowers; then he folded the branches to cover the flowers and fixed them again with raffia; in this way he obtained enormous lavender-scented olives, which he placed in the cupboard.

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