Answer: Lavatera responds well to hard pruning. Typically these plants are pruned down to ground level in the spring and they respond by sending up healthy new flowering stems. They can be pruned in the autumn and will develop new stems, but these will be tender and subject to dieback if your garden receives frost. If you'd like to prune them now, you can either take them all the way down, or you can selectively prune out some of the oldest stems and remove the rest in spring. Either way, your plants should produce healthy new growth.
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