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When should lavender begin to grow again?

SplandySplandy Posts: 161

Last year I was given two lavender plants in pots which hadn't been pruned for a while. I followed guidance I found online and cut them back after they'd finished flowering. There are no signs of new growth yet. Should they be growing by now or have I killed them?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166

    How far did you cut them back and have they got any leaves now?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • SplandySplandy Posts: 161

    I cut them back quite far, I think just above two or three lots of leaves. Those leaves are still there, they haven't turned brown but there is no sign of new growth yet.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166

    Lavenders are said not to like being cut hard into old wood. But I've never put this to the test so can't confirm. If it hasn't gone brown give it a bit of time. There's nothing you can do to help it.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Mine has been throwing up fresh new leaves & shoots for a few weeks now. I also cut it back quite hard last year but I went on Monty's advice, as it was a new lavender to make it bushier. I don't think it's applicable to older plants as it'd mean you are cutting in to old wood - where it won't regenerate. Once it's leggy, it's time to invest in a new lavender. 

    Last edited: 14 March 2017 20:43:24

  • SplandySplandy Posts: 161

    Hmm, doesn't sound great. I don't think they were that old but had never been pruned. Will have to wait and see.

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    You should really only cut the old stalks off and the tips of the plant. If they survive you will know what to do next time!

    I'm in Scotland and my lavender is not showing any signs of growth yet.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Forgot to add I'm in SE England, there's still time Splandy 

  • helen378helen378 Posts: 23

    i'm in the north east of england and my lavender hasn't started growing again yet

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