Lavender Pruning and taking cuttings for next year at our Oak Tree Lavender Field
This weekend we will be busy pruning our Lavender to ensure good tight growth for next year and to keep our plants nice and compact. Lavender pruning encourages the plant to keep its compact shape and produce heads of flowers that are thick, with less of a woody appearance.
Not only does this look better, but when we are harvesting for oil, it ensure more of the beautiful flower is harvested and you get less of the “wood” which degrades the quality of the Lavender Oil.
The important job of taking Lavender cuttings also starts this weekend. We aim to propagate and grow around 200,000 plants this winter in our 2 acres of Greenhouses at our other site. It is going to be hard graft, but it is important work to ensure the continuity in the Lavender species and strain. Our primary aim is to produce exceptional quality Lavender oil during our Lavender oil production, so maintaining the quality and history of the plant we have planted is very important to us.
How to Prune your Lavender
Undertake pruning in late summer after flowering. Lavenders should be pruned every year to keep them compact. On established plants use secateurs to remove flower stalks and about 2.5cm (1in) of the current year’s growth, making sure that some green growth remains.