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Can anyone please tell me what to do with my Lavatera Rosea now that it has finished flowering, ie cut it back etc.
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Hi, you don't need to do anything with it, it only grows to about 1 or 2 metres height and spread, and they're fairly short lived, so you should take cuttings regularly, to replace if it decides that this year is its last, Derek.

5 Aug, 2013


I may sound a little amateurish here but, could you tell me how to take cuttings from it please?

5 Aug, 2013


You can cut it back about half way in spring though if it gets bigger than you want.

6 Aug, 2013


Hi Mark, it's too late now or this year, cuttings of this should be taken in early summer.
Cuttings should be taken from non flowering shoots, app 4-6" long, strip of the lower leaves, leaving about 2 leaves at the top, place about 6 cuttings around the edge of a 4" pot filled with well draining gritty compost, water, and cover with an opaque plastic bag, held in place with an elastic band, {you can use crossed wire hoops to keep the plastic bag off the tops of the cuttings} place them in a bright place, but not direct sunlight, check periodically that they're still moist, they should be rooted in 3 to 4 weeks, when you see roots showing through the bottom of the pot, pot them into individual pots, I use 3 1/2" pots for this, into either multi purpose compost, or john innes no1, grow them on for a few weeks, then plant out in their flowering positions, forgot to mention that the cuttings should be buried about 2/3 of their length around the edge of the pot. Derek.

6 Aug, 2013

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