Lavendar - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by djsorrell
March 13, 2010
Should lavendar be cut back? When?

Answer from NGA
March 13, 2010


Early spring is the best time to cut back your lavender. Lavender is semi-woody and can almost be considered a shrub. When you cut it back, do not cut into the hard wood or you may shock it enough to stop sprouting new growth. When pruning in the spring, trim out any winter damage and then give it a neat shearing to tidy the overall outline to a softer billowing effect, roughly following the natural shape of the plant. Usually you would not remove more than at most a quarter of the plant when doing this. The trimming will encourage the new growth to be dense and well branched with many flower stems. After blooming, trim off the spent flowers and an inch or two of the new growth to stimulate rebloom. The repeated shearing should keep the plants in nice shape.

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