For patio containers, repot Lavatera plants using a well drained, soil based compost such as John Innes No. 3. Repot at the same soil level as they were in their original pots. Plants will need repotting into successively larger pots as they increase in size. In borders, grow Lavatera 'Barnsley Baby' in any moist well drained soil. Position in full sun. Feed and water regularly throughout the growing season while young plants become established. Once established Lavatera plants require only occasional attention.
Feed and water regularly throughout the growing season while young plants become established. Once established Lavatera requires only occasional attention. Pruning Lavatera is best undertaken in spring when all risk of frost has passed and the buds begin to swell. Prune all stems hard to about 30cm above ground level. Lavatera can be slow to break bud in spring so be patient with plants that appear to have died over winter - they may just be dormant still!
We will do our best to ship your plants or bulbs to you at the ideal time for planting as stated against each product. We recommend that you prepare your soil, planting beds or patio containers ahead of time so you are ready to plant out, or pot on, just as soon as your order arrives. You will find the name of the variety printed on the top line of the address label on your package. Please ensure that you open the packaging immediately and carefully read through the instruction leaflet provided. For greatest success, please pot on or plant out as soon as possible, following the cultural instructions enclosed with your order.
By Nicholas Connell 02-09-2015
I ordered my Lavatera 'Barnsley Baby' two years ago I think and I have been putting it in my garden last year in May. It was growing so big that I had to re plant it in November last year ( super huge roots ) and thought I might been hurting too many roots so it will die. Nope, it started growing this year in Spring again and is now over 3 Meter high and 2 Meters wide. Hahaha :) I don't mind really but its definitely not "only 90 cm" :)
Thank you for your review. Sometimes growing conditions may make them grow abnormally. This is nothing to worry about, although I am sorry that they have grown taller than expected. Once they have finished flowering, cut them down by around half, and then in Spring cut them back an extra third of the size. This should then prompt them to revert back to their dwarf nature and grow as they should.
Ryan - Van Meuwen
Customer Care Team
Lavatera Barnsley baby
By Elizabeth Collison 29-08-2012
I planted my three Lavatera in three different soils and locations; one in a pot and two in a garden. The one in the pot has four leggy stems, one being over a metre in height, so all stems have flopped over. The thriving garden one needs to be tied up. Is there anything I can do to make the pot one look like the one in the catalogue photo?
Van Meuwen says:
It sounds as though they need cutting back. Pruning Lavatera is best undertaken in spring when all risk of frost has passed and the buds begin to swell. Prune all stems hard to about 30cm above ground level. This will encourage new growth from the base of the plant and make a better shaped and bushier shrub. Lavatera can be slow to break bud in spring so be patient with plants that appear to have died over winter - they may just be dormant still!
Also, Lavatera benefits from being grown in full sun. Like all plants, it will reach towards the sun if it is not getting enough light so it may be worth reviewing the growing conditions.
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