The only time flowers look beautiful and admiring is when they blossom. They make a garden or surrounding look astonishing. All flowers have different periods in which they blossom.
But after blossoming, flowers tend to lose their beautiful appearance, becoming very unpleasant with their fading and wilting petals. This is the time when, instead of blossoming, flowers tend to set seeds.
When flowers are done blossoming, their leaves start fading, they direct their energy towards seed setting instead of flowering again. This energy can be focused towards blooming again by the means of Deadheading.
Gardeners should avoid letting their flowers set seeds if they want to see their flowers blossom again.
Deadheading may be a demanding and stressful task to carry out, it may call for a consistent daily check on flowers in our garden. But I assure you of no regret at the end because the result is worth it.
As a gardener, do you know how to deadhead? Do you know when you should do it? Actually, the deadheading process differs for each flower and one must know when and how to do it for a particular flower.
And, that is why this article is aimed at answering the question of when and how to deadhead a Lavender.
When Should Lavenders Be Deadhead?
It’s very important to know when is best to carry out deadheading for a particular flower to get the appropriate result.
Most times, deadheading is practiced when fresh flowers are needed but the word “when” does not only refer to that.
There are specific periods of the year when deadheading is best done for every flower. There are also signs that show our flowers are due for deadheading.
So, when should a lavender be deadheaded? This question will be properly answered as we move on in this article. First of all, how much do you know the flower, lavender?
Lavenders are a group of flowers including annual or herbaceous and shrub-like perennial plants with a short life span. They survive best in dry gravelly or sandy well-drained soil and to grow any form of lavender, gardeners need meager or zero fertilizer.
Lavenders develop well under full sun and temperate weather conditions. There are many species of lavender including English lavender, Hidcote English lavender, and Munstead English lavender to mention a few. However, lavenders blossom at different times and the most popular of them all is the English lavender.
Lavenders, apart from being attractive, have very important uses. Deadheading also provides lavenders with more essential oil as it leans on the output of their blossoms.
Lavender oil has very important uses and this is enough a reason to protect our lavender. Another interesting fact about lavender is that each of their colors has a meaning attached to it. Purple colored lavender is attached to royalty while pink is to youth.
There are also violet lavender flowers that are considered sacred being precious and delicate.
So, to continue enjoying the service of lavenders in your garden, you have to deadhead them after every blooming. Below are answers to when you should deadhead your lavenders.
When you want your lavender to re-bloom
This is no doubt the main reason why flowers are deadheaded. After complete flowering, lavender like other flowers tends to engage in making seeds instead of blooming again, it is now left to the gardeners to decide it’s faith.
Gardeners should not be too busy or occupied to look after their flowers, at least, that’s why they are called gardeners.
Lavenders are part of the most beautiful flowers that exist on earth, their blossoms bring about beauty and they give a very special and attractive look to wherever they are grown.
They exhibit different beautiful colors including purple, blue, violet and lilac to mention a few.
Lavenders also bring about a very nice fragrance to wherever they are present.
Since these attributes come best when they blossom, gardeners will have no choice than to have their lavenders re-bloom again and again. And this is when deadheading should be done.
After the complete blooming cycle
As said earlier, every flower has a particular period during which they can be deadheaded. For some lavenders (midseason lavenders like English lavender), August is the best month for deadheading.
Appropriate deadheading and pruning of lavender involve the elimination of faded leaves from the plant and bring about higher and improved blossom, making the flowers more attractive and healthy.
Midseason lavenders flower from July to around early August after which their leaves have started fading and wilting. This is the best time to deadhead and stop them from setting seeds and littering the surroundings.
Deadheading lavenders during mid-spring and summer help to prolong their season and make them flower profusely.
There are also early-season lavenders most of which are French lavenders and some of the English lavenders. They are best known for their early spring blossom and they flower in May with another bloom taking place in June and finally in the late summer or fall.
Gardeners should make sure they deadhead these flowers after their flowering has been completed.
Late season lavenders also exist. They are mostly lavandin, another form of lavender, though some English lavenders also blossom late. Late season lavenders blossom by mid-summer and they flower in July or August and tend to extend till late summer.
Though lavenders are referred to as plants with summer blossoms, some of them still show tremendous blossoms as early as in the spring.
When the leaves start fading and wilting
Photosynthesis takes a great part in the survival of any plant. It is the process by which plants feed masking use of water and carbon dioxide in the presence of sunlight. Plants with faded leaves can not conduct proper photosynthesis as they are not healthy.
Faded leaves also hamper the circulation of nutrients to various parts of the plant and this will not give room for proper growth and development.
When the leaves of lavenders fade, they tend to produce seeds and with this, blooming is impossible. Gardeners should keep their lavenders in good health by removing faded flowers and deadhead at the appropriate time to trigger the possibility of re-bloom.
How Should Lavenders Be Deadhead?
Blooming is highly essential when we talk about flowers. It brings out the true beauty of flowers, displaying a series of colors and makes them very attractive.
Blooming does not occur throughout the life span of flowers and each flower has a specific period of blooming they are attached to.
When do lavenders bloom? As mentioned earlier, lavenders exist in different forms with different periods of blooming. The most common of the lavenders are the English lavenders and they blossom between July to early August.
After the blossoming periods of lavenders, deadheading is necessary to bring back new flowers and elongate their life span.
Lavenders are so beautiful and also exhibits a mesmerizing fragrance. It is almost impossible to find anyone who comes into a field of lavenders and does not react emotionally to the scent and beauty of these flowers.
They are usually grown for their essential oils which come from their blossom and serve great uses.
Essential oils from lavender are used for anesthetic, food making, and recreation purposes.
They can be used to cure various skin problems like eczema, acne, etc. Essential oils from lavender can also be used for lightning the skin and to prevent inflammation. Due to their highly nice scents, these flowers are also employed in perfume production.
Therefore, who would not like to deadhead lavenders if the very important oil comes from their blossom? No one, I guess.
However, gardeners can have issues on how to deadhead lavenders. This may be due to a lack of deadheading knowledge or different types of lavenders that exist. If the question is “how should I deadhead lavenders”, the answers are as follow;
Regular elimination of spent or faded blossoms
There should be no room for spent or faded blossom on lavender plants as they bring about the setting of seeds which is not an ideal condition for re-blooming. Doing this brings about bushy and thicker blossoms and it also extends the life span of lavenders.
Eliminate flowers down the wands of lavenders
Lavenders are of three main types, the English or true lavender, the Spanish lavender and the Lavandin, and they flower at different times of the year. All flowers are generally deadheaded just after blossoming. This can be done by cutting flowers that are below their wands.
Gardeners should, however, avoid cutting off all green flowers on the lavender plants as they will not survive because photosynthesis will not be possible.
Light trims can also be made late in the summer to keep the lavenders in shape. Doing this properly improves the health of our lavenders and extends their blooming periods.
Cutting into the woody areas on the plant should be avoided
Gardeners should be careful during cutting and avoid cutting the areas without leaf as it is injurious to the plant.
A way to avoid this is by making cuts using a set of two leaves above the leafless part as a boundary. This enhances the growth of lavenders by bringing about stability and good health. It also makes lavender plants’ blossoms thicker.
Use clean and sharp equipment for cutting and trimming
Gardeners should use neat and disinfected equipment during deadheading. The importance of this precaution is to prevent lavenders from getting infected by bacteria which may cause the death of the plants or disturb their growth and development.
Rough cuts do not get healed quickly, therefore, gardeners must not make use of blunt equipment during cutting.
Monitor and look after your lavender
Gardeners should look after their lavenders to ensure they are in good condition. Lavenders should be provided with well-drained sandy soil under a fully sunny condition as they flourish best getting about 8 hours of sun every day.
Soil should be deeply watered and irrigating lavenders automatically should be avoided. Gardeners should make sure soil gets almost dry after each watering before engaging in another.
Lavenders are so blessed that they are capable of growing less fertile soil, so, gardeners should avoid the addition of fertilizers to them.
Fertilizers should not be used because they make lavenders leggy with very blossoms, hence, low content of essential oil.
Conclusively, gardeners should take pride in deadheading their lavenders and bring about new blossoms. New blossoms come with more attractiveness and flowers.
Lavenders can flower throughout a year, this is because they come in different types with each flowering at different periods. Deadhead your lavenders today to keep enjoying their tremendous benefits.