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Lavender - looking very stemmy!

Hi all.

New here and recently caught the gardening bug!

Planted some lavender in pots on the window sill about two months ago and got great growth but it all looks a bit scraggly! Very long stems, not holding their weight and not the bushy look I wanted. Picture below. Any thoughts on what to do? Have searched online to no avail.

Thanks in advance!


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  • Yeah got that one but looks slightly mad doesn’t it?! Should I prune back?
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Check which ones you have. Some are very tall and some more shorter. Make sure your windows receive a great deal of sunlight during the day. Without sun, the plants may grow lanky, similar to your plants. Also, keep the soil free draining and don't feed them, they thrive on dry and free draining soil. Rich soils will also create extra growth but not stout stems.
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  • Ok thanks all. Gets half sunlight during the day so maybe best to move them. 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,262
    Do you know the variety?. If it is Giant hidcote, they are that big. You would need something like dwarf munstead to keep it small.
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,513
    Different lavender have different habits.  If you cut the flower stems off, you will get no flowers
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,473
    The lavender I planted beside our path is inclined to get very leggy too.  I'm planning to let it flower this summer then rip it all out and replace with a more compact one.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    I used to have some lovely long stemmed lavender in the other place we lived. They dont move well so i bought more for here and i hate them. All short and stubby.

    I think you have the long stemmed. Dont cut them back now as you will lose the flowers. 
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