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Pruning English Lavender

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RachelHRD Fri 28-Mar-14 23:06:12

I have a border of English Lavender on my patio which is a bit overgrown and woody at the base. Is it too risky to hard prune it right back at this time of year. I'd still.like it to flower over the summer so am I too late pruning it?
Thanks!

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 28-Mar-14 23:08:59

Someone cut mine back in June and the bloody thing hasn't grown since. It's all woody and dead (I think) sad Handle with care, that's all I know.

FuckyNell Fri 28-Mar-14 23:17:39

I pruned mine back hard in the autumn and it's growing fine now, so I'd leave it smile

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 28-Mar-14 23:20:21

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Every time I've pruned into the woody parts I've killed them sad, I only ever cut off the previous year's soft growth now.

LadyMaryLikesCake Fri 28-Mar-14 23:27:10

sad Bugger! I'm sorry, WhoKnows.

I appear to have some sort of tree growing out of my (dead) lavender patch confused

funnyperson Sat 29-Mar-14 05:40:07

Dont prune down into the wood as it may not grow back. You can take cuttings from this years growing points to renew your plants and plant them out in early autumn.

LIZS Sun 30-Mar-14 18:57:43

oops , have just hard pruned ours (very woody and out of shape), wonder if it will grow back ?

LadyMaryLikesCake Sun 30-Mar-14 19:00:05

Mine didn't sad It's cheap as chips here though so I bought a replacement for... £2.50.

LIZS Sun 30-Mar-14 19:02:18

tbh it was so overgrown and misshapen I guess we could replace anyway if needs be.

ShoeWhore Sun 30-Mar-14 19:03:11

They don't usually re grow if you prune into old wood. They will look a lot better for a trim all over the soft growth though. And great idea to take cuttings.

LadyMaryLikesCake Sun 30-Mar-14 19:16:49

How do you take cuttings?

I'm assuming mine's had it, it's all wood and hasn't grown since I moved in 2 years ago. Shame sad

RachelHRD Sun 30-Mar-14 21:04:32

Thanks all. I think I'll do a tidy up now and a hard cut back in Autumn.

Coconutfeet Sun 30-Mar-14 21:06:57

I think once it's got really woody it's best to replace it. Cuttings are easy to do in the summer though - I'm on phone so can't link but if you google "lavender cuttings" there's a Gardeners World link with photos. They take a while to become a decent sized plant. The ones I took last year are still tiny but I'm hoping they'll do well once they're planted out.

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