aunt_lou(Z5 OH)December 15, 2009

Does anyone here have much experience with lavender? Wondering if I should cut it back now that winter is upon us or does the bushiness of the plant help protect it from severe cold temps? I am so thrilled to have lavender growing up around the house now---finally! lol----that I don't want to lose it.

Thanks for any tips you can give me. :)

aunt lou

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luke_oh(zone 5 NE Ohio)

Aunt Lou, We live in the same zone and even the same state.
My wife has a few lavenders spread here and there and we usually leave them until spring to cut back. I don't know if this is the correct way to do it, but it seems to work. I don't think that we've lost any plants. You may want to get another opinion, that's just my experience.


    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 1:59PM
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Aunt Lou, I am in (mostly) 5b (some zone 6 plants do manage well here, though). I have several lavender plants that are well established in fairly exposed beds. I do nothing to them for winter, trim them back in spring if they need it.
My first couple of attempts at lavender didn't take, but I think that the soil was too wet in spring. In a different spots >> success without much fuss.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2009 at 10:27PM
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Cher(6 SW OH)

I have plenty of lavender growing. I usually cut back in Spring or atleast by September if they got out of hand in the summer which they did this year and I took them back mid September to about 1/3 their size. They still had time to sprout some new growth but I would wait now until Spring.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2009 at 8:09AM
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aunt_lou(Z5 OH)

Thanks, everyone, for the advice! I will wait now until spring to trim back. :)

aunt lou

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 9:51AM
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your page doesn't say where in ohio that you are, but if you rae near tyhe Akron Area, the Dayton Nursery in Norton
Ohio ( its on January 30th at noon and costs $8.00-- the owner of the Daybreak Lavender Farm is running the seminar.


    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 12:43PM
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