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Hello, I'm very new to gardening, so have joined to read some of these forums for tips! 

Looking for some advice on my inherited french lavender plants - I gave these a good prune last year and this May they came back beautifully! However, all of the tiny deep purple 'ear' flowers on each stem have gone. There are some new buds coming through, but what do I with the older flowers? They don't look dead yet, just green with no colour. If I cut these off now, will they re-flower again this summer? Or do I leave until autumn when I prune the whole plant back?

Sorry for the very basic question, still learning! :)


  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,968
    welcome!  Can you add some pictures of your plant, to show what you mean?  Use the mountain icon in the bar above your reply test.
    Utah, USA.
  • Courtney-PCourtney-P Posts: 17
    Of course! Here's one of the stems as an example. A month ago it was covered in flowers, but they've all seemed to have disappeared! The head is still soft and green currently, but I assume it won't flower again this summer?
  • From what you describe it sounds like the mature state of the blooms. You can dead head them if you have the time and inclination, that way the plants will put all their energy to the new blooms and overall growth. 
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,989
    Yes - that's just the flower dying back.
    Deadhead if you wish, for the reasons @amancalledgeorge describes  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Courtney-PCourtney-P Posts: 17
    Thank you! 
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