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Questions About Lavatera Plants

Asked by
sylvieellis on
September 14, 2014

Q. lavatera

When should I prune lavatera? Some gardening sites say immediately after flowering. Others say in February. Thanks.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
September 16, 2014

Lavatera is a large genus with a variety of species in cultivation; in addition, it is a member of an extensive family that include hibiscus, hollyhocks, mallow, and many others. This has led to confusion, because many of the flowers look much alike, so one plant is often called by the name of another one. Even among the lavateras there's quite a bit of variation in size and flower time.
This is one big reason you see differing pruning directions.
The other reason is that the plant is so vigorous that, when you come right down to it, it doesn't seem to matter much when you prune it. So one gardener will have good results pruning it in the fall, and another will have good results pruning it in the spring.
I think one thing that could possibly be a concern is winter. The sources I found list lavera as hardy only to zone 6 (-5F), so if your weather gets cold, you probably don't want to prune in the fall.
All that being said, if it were my plant, I would probably do heavy pruning in early spring, although if I needed to keep the plant to a certain size, I would prune back branches here and there throughout the summer.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 22, 2015

Q. lavatera barnsley baby

I am very new to all forms of gardening. My lavatere is 4 ft high and still flowering. It is a new plant bought this year. Will it last over the winter or do I need to cut it to ground level when the frost kills it?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 24, 2015
Certified Expert

The plant will not last, but it may reseed. You can collect seeds to sow in the spring.

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