Lavetera 'Bredon Springs'

Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

I planted this shrub last year and it has put on a lot of leaf but it had very few flowers.

I thought it was deciduous, but it is still in full leaf and has a few flowers. 

Is this correct? I understand it needs pruning in spring, how drastically do I do this?,

Does it matter that it is still in leaf?

It seems very healthy apart from only very few flowers

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  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    I have some Lavaterae (a different variety) and they all have plenty of green leaves on them. A very small of leaves, at the extremities are withering.

    We haven't had any really hard frosts yet.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    I grow malva as well. I have  alovely white one. which was growing on some derelict ground so i collected the seeds.

    I did expect this to have more flowers

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,032

    Bjay, it may already be showing some signs of new growth lower down on the stems. Later on in Spring- say March, if not freezing- that's where to prune.

    Take cuttings in Summer, they root easily & keep fine over winter in a coldframe IME. J.

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Mine tend to self-seed fairly readily too. If you look around you might find some more. Though seedlings from a named variety may not be identical to the parent.

    They prefer hot and dry conditions, so last year was a poor year.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    Thanks you 3

    Will the cutting back in spring increase flower production

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,041

    is this one of those tree mallows?

    I always found them evergreen but wished they weren't. Never looked right to me in a winter garden, wrong colour and texture.  

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    Yep. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,041

    They cut back hard and very well. It stop them getting too heavy and breaking. To get good flowering I reckon you need a proper summer as mentioned earlier.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    Oh for a proper summer - a dreamimage

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