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Help my lollipop lavender!

Loz46Loz46 Posts: 103
I was given a lavendar tree last year that was of course in lovely condition and a lovely round lollipop shape.

This is it at the moment, looking a bit worse for wear.

Any suggestions on how I can save it?!

Thank you


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    edited March 2018
    Hmm.  The leaves dying on the lowest part of the branches is what lavenders do naturally over winter so I think you should just pull them off when the weather improves.  As lavender doesn't usually sprout new growth from brown wood, I'm not convinced it is a suitable plant for "lollypopping" and I replace mine every few years when they get too leggy.  I would wait until the frosts have passed then prune each branch tip back, leaving 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, only cutting into material which is green, never back into brown.  That should get it to bush out and help hide the bare branches in the centre.
    PS: there's some cultural information here:

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    You may also want to think about putting it into a bigger pot. Use JI no 2 with added grit for good drainage and keep it somewhere sunny. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,060
    From what I can make out here , and I may be totally wrong , but that 'Lavender' tree looks more like a Perovskia .
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    edited March 2018
    Hi Paul B3, this one looks like Lavandula Dentata, much more tender than the usual Lavenders seen.

    This one has been hit by damp and harsh frost. They cannot tolerate long periods of frost. Not a plant for the recent harsh weather we had. It will need pruning and re-shaping back as soon as it's more milder. 
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,060
    My mistake ; I can honestly say it's not a plant I've come across . Will remember that one now !
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    Paul B3, you will see them more soon, I have seen them sold in Tescos and other supermarkets. No care instructions, just 'Lavender'. 
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,060
    A typical supermarket plant then ; perhaps I'll give them a wide berth .
    Thanks again for the info !
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