How to Prune a Lavender Plant

by Alex Kountry
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Lavender is a beautiful and fragrant plant that is easy to care for. However, it does need to be pruned regularly to keep it healthy and looking its best. Here is a quick guide on how to prune a lavender plant.

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When to Prune

Lavenders (Lavandula) are fragrant, attractive plants that make lovely additions to any home garden. They are easy to grow and maintain, but like all plants, they need to be pruned regularly to ensure healthy growth. But when is the best time to prune a lavender plant?


Lavender (Lavandula) is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen leaves and colorful flowers that bloom in summer. There are more than 30 recognized species and countless cultivars of lavender (Lavandula spp.), which vary widely in color, size and shape. All lavenders require well-drained soil and full sun for best growth. Because of its drought tolerant nature, lavender makes an ideal plant for xeriscaping landscaping projects. Most varieties of lavender are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9.

Lavender should be pruned in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. The exact time will vary depending on your climate, but a good rule of thumb is to prune when the forsythia bushes are in bloom. Pruning at this time will ensure that the plants have plenty of time to recover and flower before summer heat sets in.


Lavender plants may be pruned in the fall, but only if necessary. If the plant is overgrown, trimmed back to promote new growth in the spring. To promote bushy growth, pinch back the tips of stems in the spring.

How to Prune

Lavender plants are easy to prune. You can do it in the spring or summer. All you need is a sharp pair of shears and a little bit of know-how. First, you’ll want to cut off any dead or dying stems. Then, you’ll want to cut back the plant by about one-third. This will help encourage new growth. Finally, you’ll want to shape the plant so that it is evenly balanced.

Remove dead or diseased wood

Pruning lavender is essential to maintaining a plant that is both attractive and productive. Lavender plants should be pruned in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins.

Start by removing any dead or diseased wood. diseased wood will be discolored and/or have canker lesions (sunken, dark areas on the stem). Once you have removed all of the dead or diseased wood, you can begin shaping the plant.

Lavender plants can be either left natural (allowed to grow unchecked), or they can be shaped into hedges or topiaries. If you are shaping your lavender into a hedge, start by trimming the sides of the plant evenly. You can then trim the top of the hedge to create a flat top, or a rounded top. For a topiary, start by trimming the sides of the plant evenly, and then use wire to shape the plant into whatever shape you desire

Cut back lavender that has become leggy

If your lavender has become leggy, it means that it is not getting enough light. The solution is to cut the plant back to about 6 inches above the ground. This will encourage new growth, which will be bushier and more compact.

Thin out lavender plants to improve air circulation

Lavender plants need good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases. You should thin out your lavender plants every year or two to improve air circulation. You can do this by cutting back the stems of the lavender plants by 1/3 to 1/2.

Tips for Pruning

Lavender plants need to be pruned in order to produce more flowers and to keep the plant looking tidy. You should prune your lavender plant in the spring after the last frost. You will need a sharp pair of gardening shears to do the job.

Use sharp, clean pruning shears

Pruning lavender is a bit different than pruning other plants. For one, it blooms on new growth, so you can prune it more often than other plants. It’s also important to use sharp, clean pruning shears to avoid damaging the plant.

Here are some tips for pruning a lavender plant:

– Lavender blooms on new growth, so you can prune it more often than other plants.
– Use sharp, clean pruning shears to avoid damaging the plant.
– Cut just above where a leaf meets the stem.
– Prune in the early spring before new growth begins.

Make cuts at a 45-degree angle

Pruning your lavender regularly will ensure that it grows full and healthy. When you prune, make sure to cut at a 45-degree angle about ¼ inch above a leaf node. This will help encourage new growth.

Avoid pruning lavender in hot, sunny weather

Lavender blooms on new wood, so it’s important to prune your plant at the right time of year to encourage new growth. late winter or early spring before new growth begins. However, avoid pruning in hot, sunny weather as this can damage the plant.

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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

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