The Q&A Archives: Mamaging Leggy Lavenders

Question: I have two year old lavender plants that are about 12 inches high and kind of flopped over (sprawled and kind of scraggly). I live in Michigan (zone 5). Should lavender plants be cut back at all and if so when is the best time to do this (ie. spring, after flowering, etc.)?

Answer: Wait until mid to late spring -- when you see the beginnings of new growth -- to trim your lavender. Don't cut them back , simply prune them to shape. Lavenders get floppy for a few reasons. First, of course, is the winter beating. But they also get sloppy if they are fertilized too much, the soil is too rich, or if they are watered too much. Lavender likes it lean and dry.

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