DIY's The Dirt on Gardening visits The Lavender Farm, a family-run farm in central California dedicated to one famously fragrant flower.
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If you try to grow your own lavender you really need to know the basics on how to prune it properly to maximize its beauty and its harvest.
When to Prune
The best time to prune is in the spring after the first flush of growth.
Prune in the early morning before the bees come out.
Never prune lavender, or other sub shrubs, in the winter.
How to Prune
Deadheading all of the flowers on lavender can be time consuming, so simply grab a handful of spent blooms and cut them all at once to save time.
If you want to shape your plant, or control the size, but three to five leaf nodes below each flower spike.
Don't cut lavender back to the ground. They don't initiate growth from the roots because you may end up killing your plant.
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