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Cutting lavender - when and how?

So that the fragrant perennial blooms lavishly, you have to cut lavender, twice a year. We explain in detail exactly when and how.

Lavender must be cut twice a year -

With lavender you get a hint of Provence in the garden. No wonder that the herbaceous plant can now be found in almost every garden. When you see lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), you inevitably think of a relaxing holiday in the Mediterranean. Lavender has even more advantages. It sells a wonderfully soothing fragrance that has a relaxing and calming effect. That is why lavender is often used in aromatherapy.

You can only enjoy the benefits of the plant permanently if you cut lavender regularly, radically and twice a year. If you don't do this, you risk the plant falling apart and becoming woody.

Correctly cut lavender - it depends on the time

➔ The first cut in late summer

When does lavender bloom?
Lavender blooms in Germany around June to August. Flower colors come in violet, but also in pink and white.

The first pruning should be direct after flowering occur. Ideally, before the flowers have all dried up. Depending on the weather, you can expect around the end of July / beginning of August. It shouldn't be much later, since the plant still needs enough strength to drive a second bloom. This then offers the so-called winter protection to the lavender.

  • With the first pruning, you only remove the dried up flowers.
  • This means that the plant will be cut by around a third.
  • Make sure that you are not too generous when making the first cut.

If you cut your lavender, it can happen that the lower parts of the plant no longer sprout or the plant even dies completely.

Don't throw the flowers away. They offer a wonderfully fragrant pot pourie for at home or a fragrant insert in the closet. Simply fill in small bags or put in a bowl.

➔ The second cut in spring

The second cut takes place in spring. But only when frost is no longer to be expected. This cut is done a little more radically. This ensures compact growth and many new shoots. It also prevents the plant from becoming too woody from below. Because where it is wooded, nothing grows out of it and therefore it is very bare there. So don't be afraid to use the scissors and you'll do everything right.

Make sure you pay attentionthat a section of last year's shoot with some leaves remains. So the lavender can sprout vigorously after pruning.

➔ Correctly cut lavender - video instructions

What does lavender need?

In addition to the correct cut, lavender also needs some care so that you have something of the fragrant perennial for a long time.

❏ Lavender in the garden

  • Plant lavender in a sunny, dry location, but never too close to other plants.
  • Water only when the soil is really dry - preferably in the morning.
  • It is sufficient if you only fertilize lavender once a year, preferably with compost or potassium fertilizer.

❏ Lavender in a pot or tub

  • Lavender needs space - so repot it into a larger jar immediately after purchase.
  • Here too, water is only poured when the soil is dry. Lavender in the bucket needs more water than the plant in the garden.
  • The lavender is planted in the garden for the winter.

The following applies to both planting locations: Avoid waterlogging!