Pruning Lavender - Knowledgebase Question

Redford, MI
Question by mrybka
July 20, 1999
I have a purple lavender plant that is several years old. It is really "woody" in the middle. I want to cut it back because it is so big. How do I cut it back?

Answer from NGA
July 20, 1999


In my experience it is best to prune lavender twice. In early spring, trim off any winter-killed branches, then do a
bit of a "crew cut" to tidy the shape. Immediately after bloom, cut back quite hard again, perhaps by half.
Unfortunately there is no hard and fast rule as to how much to take off -- the spring pruning is really dictated by the
severity of the winter damage and overall shape of the plant. Good luck with your lavender!

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