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Hi there 

These are photos of my french lavender after a prune, l think that I may have lost a load of it as it seems woody and knarly near the bottom of the plant any thoughts? 🙂 





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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,962
    All Lavenders grow woody at the base over time.
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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    When you prune it, use some of the cut off bits for cuttings.  Then when the old plant gets too leggy, you have new ones to replace it.
  • @punkdoc

    Hi thanks for your feedback, as it happens it was planted as a new plant in March lol so I've managed to do this in it's first year 😳😂
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,438
    Nah - looks good.  I have the same.
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • @tuikowhai34

    Thanks for the reassuring feedback, good to know 😊
  • Hi the photos here are my English lavender planted from small plugs in March I kind of went ghung ho with them as I wanted to see which locations were best for them.

    The two central ones look a bit unkempt but happy, the bees love them. 

    The other ones which I have trimmed did reasonably well but they are fighting for space so going to relocate them.   

    Any advice around relocating  newish lavender bushes as they enter their second year?

    Thanks again 

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,010
    They like a sunny position with well drained soil so they don't get wet feet in winter as that makes them unhappy and even dead.

    When you prune, you just need to remove all the spent flower stems back to their base and about an inch/2 to 3cms of the foliage stem.   As has been said, they will get woody at the base and they will also get bigger year on year but keeping them trimmed will help them live a long time.    Cuttings strike quite easily so you can always make more plants as insurance or to swap or give away.
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  • Hi @Obelixx thanks for your reply I'm going to take your advice and take some cuttings.  I'm also going to plant a couple of the lavenders into containers, when it's safe to do so.

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