How to Prune Lavender Bushes

by Alex Kountry
Updated on

Do you have a lavender bush that’s overgrown? Pruning lavender bushes is easy and necessary to keep the plant healthy and looking its best.

Checkout this video:

When to prune

Lavender bushes should be pruned in the early spring, before new growth begins. This type of pruning is called renewal pruning and it helps to promote new growth and allows you to shape the bush the way you want it.

To prune, first remove any dead or damaged wood. Cut back the main stems by about a third, making sure to cut just above a leaf node (the point where a leaf meets the stem). This will encourage new growth from that point. Next, trim any long or straggly branches back to about 6 inches. Finally, give the bush a light shaping if needed.

How to prune

Lavender bushes require yearly pruning in order to produce vibrant flowers and prevent the plant from becoming leggy. You’ll want to wait until late winter or early spring to prune your lavender bush. This will give the plant time to recover from the pruning and produce new growth.

Cut back one-third of the plant.

Lavender (Lavandula) is a popular, drought-tolerant herb that is known for its fragrant flowers and gray-green foliage. Many varieties of lavender grow well in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. Although lavender is relatively carefree, it does require annual pruning to maintain its shape and promote new growth. You should prune your lavender bushes in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins.

To properly prune your lavender bush, start by cutting back one-third of the plant. Make your cuts just above where a leaf meets the stem; this will help encourage new growth. Next, remove any dead or diseased wood, as well as any wood that is crossing or rubbing against other branches. Finally, trim back any remaining stems by one-half to one-third their length. Once you have finished pruning, give your plant a light fertilization and plenty of water; this will help it recover from the stress of pruning and encourage new growth.

Cut just above the leaf node.

Pruning lavender is essential to keeping the plant healthy and preventing it from getting too woody. It also encourages fresh growth, which is important for the plant’s overall health. Lavender should be pruned in early spring, before new growth begins.

When pruning, be sure to cut just above the leaf node (the point where the leaves attach to the stem). This will help encourage new growth. It’s also important to avoid pruning too much, as this can damage the plant.

Make sure to clean your pruning shears before and after use.

Pruning lavender is essential to its health and vigor, as well as its ability to produce an abundance of flowers. Lavender flowers on new wood, so it’s important to remove the old stems that have flowered. Pruning also encourages the bush to produce new growth, which results in more flowers.

The best time to prune lavender is in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Start by removing any dead, diseased or damaged stems with pruning shears. Cut the stem back to healthy tissue just above a leaf node (the place where leaves are attached to the stem). It’s important to make sure your pruning shears are clean before and after use to avoid spreading diseases.

Next, cut back one-third of the remaining stems to encourage new growth. Be sure to make your cuts at a 45-degree angle just above a leaf node. When you’re finished pruning, your lavender bush should be about one-third its original size.

What to do with the prunings

Throw them away.

Lavender plants are great for both culinary and ornamental purposes. They are drought tolerant and thrive in full sun. The leaves, flowers, and oil are all used in a variety of ways.

Pruning is an important part of keeping your lavender plants healthy and looking their best. It is generally done in the spring, but can be done any time of year if necessary. After each pruning, you will be left with a bunch of lavender stems. Do not throw them away! There are many uses for them.

-Tie them into bundles and hang them upside down to dry. Once dried, the leaves can be used in potpourri or sachets. The flowers can be used in a variety of culinary applications or to make lavender sugar.
-Make a lavender wreath or garland by weaving the stems through a metal or straw base.
-Fill a vase with fresh lavender stems for a fragrant and beautiful display.
-Use the stems as kindling when starting a fire. The Lavandula angustifolia species is especially good for this purpose due to its high oil content.

Use them as mulch.

Prunings can be used as a light and airy mulch around other plants in the garden. Because they are so light, they will not compact like bark mulches, which can smother plant roots. Lavender prunings also add a lovely scent to the garden.

Make lavender oil.

Pruning your lavender bush is important for its health and appearance, but did you know that you can also use the prunings to make your own lavender oil? This essential oil has many uses, from relaxation to repelling insects, and it’s easy to make at home with just a few supplies.

To make lavender oil, you will need:
-Lavender prunings
-Olive oil or other carrier oil
-Airtight glass jar
-Fine mesh strainer

First, collect your lavender prunings and give them a light trimming to remove any leaves or stems that are brown or damaged. Next, place the lavender in your glass jar and cover completely with olive oil or other carrier oil. Make sure the jar is airtight so that no oxygen can get in and spoilt the mixture.

Now, place the jar in a sunny spot and leave it for two to three weeks. The lavender will release its oils into the carrier oil, infusing it with its characteristic scent and flavor. After two to three weeks, strain out the lavender blossoms using a fine mesh strainer and bottle your finished oil in a dark glass bottle. It will keep indefinitely if stored in a cool, dark place.

Once you’ve made your own lavender oil, there are endless ways to use it! You can add it to homemade soaps or candles, use it as a massage oil, or even add a few drops to your pillowcase for a restful night’s sleep.

Photo of author

About the author

Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books