Frozen lavatera.

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gardening in the Pacific Northwest' started by joymoot, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. joymoot

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    Our Lavatera was going strong and still had new leaf growth as of this weekend, but now the snow and frigid air has flattened it like a pancake. Should I prune it now? The main stem (trunk?) is about 3 or 4 inches thick, so I'd need to actually use a saw. Should I just wait to see if it pops back up? It has generally been reaching in one direction, so I was hoping to prune it this spring to encourage more upright growth, but now, it's laying on our lawn. Advice appreciated and thanks!
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Wait until end of winter.
     
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    thanks! will do.
     
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    sue1 Active Member 10 Years

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    Hi. I assume you didn't prune it at all at the end of summer. I prune mine down by half early or late Fall, as large snowfalls can split the main trunk if it's too tall, and perhaps damage the whole plant. In Spring I then cut it almost to the ground at the same time as I give it some compost and fertilizer.
     

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