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Questions About Lavatera Plants

Asked by
sylvieellis on
September 14, 2014
coastal uk

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
A.

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
A.

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

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/lavatera/growing-lavatera-rose-mallow.htm

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Anonymous on
August 5, 2018

Q. Lavatera disease

I have a Lavatera newly planted this year.Until recently flowering well and looking healthy. Now I have seen pustules on the underside of each leaf and the plant itself is not as vibrant.I am sending photos.
I would be grateful for advice as I was very happy with the plant until recently

Answered by
MichiganDot on
August 5, 2018
A.

This looks like "hollyhock rust" which also attacks other members of the mallow family, like Lavatera. Here is a good article on the disease and steps you can take: https://ipm.illinois.edu/diseases/rpds/627.pdf

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 11, 2018

Q. About my lavatera plants

When if atal should I cut back my lavetara mallow plant, both plants are growing well and blossoming, any help will be appreciated, margaret

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 15, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

You can cut them back after they die off. Cut dying blooms off as they dry to promote more blooms. Here is an article that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/lavatera/growing-lavatera-rose-mallow.htm

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