Cutting Back Leggy, Woody French Lavenders

suntower(z5 WA)September 7, 2013

Hi,

I've got a whole string of french lavenders that I've sort of 'trained' to be sort of like short hedges.

Unfortunately, they've fought back by getting woody and leggy. How hard can I/should I cut them back to re-shape them properly?

-Sometimes- they seem get new growth from the wood, but mostly not. How do I tell what new growth will come from and what won't?

Finally, is now the time of year to consider this?

TIA,

---JC
Seattle

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florauk(8/9)

Lavender should not be cut back hard. Unlike rosemary, yew, privet etc. As you have noticed it does not happily regrow from mature wood and it is risky to cut into it.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 9:34AM
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suntower(z5 WA)

So once it gets out of hand, is the only solution to replace? IOW: is there no way to re-shape it, given enough time?

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 2:43PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I have seen my neigbor once cut his way back( and gave me some). It grew back. But his was not too leggy. This was in the summer.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pruning lavender

This post was edited by seysonn on Tue, Sep 10, 13 at 23:13

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 11:03PM
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florauk(8/9)

suntower - can you post a picture of your lavender. In Seysonn's video the lavender is not what I'd call leggy and the woman is only cutting into quite young growth. I am imagining something up on wood trunks with peeling bark. Am I wrong?

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 1:35PM
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suntower(z5 WA)

Here is a picture that -hopefully- shows the woody/leggy bits. Sorry it's sideways. Hope it's clear enough to see how spread out it's gotten. Any ideas?

TIA!

---JC

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 1:23PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

They look pretty woody. Cutting back can be risky. Maybe you can try couple and see what happens.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 4:34PM
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