Plant Lavatera bare roots as soon as possible using a well drained, soil based compost such as John Innes No. 3. Container grown Lavatera 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 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!
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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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