Lavender Transplant

pmccleerySeptember 29, 2013

When is the best time to transplant lavender? I have 3 that are overgrown. Too far overgrown to prune back enough so they don't take over the walkway in summer. Don't want my visitors having to pass through a swarm of bees!

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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

May not move well, discarding and replacing with fresh specimens liable to have better outcome.

There may be a dwarfer type you can put in the same spot.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 3:03PM
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gardengal48

Like a variety of other woody subshrubs, a mature lavender plant does not take well to transplanting. If you really wanted to experiment, late winter or early spring would be a more ideal time. Now as we are approaching our rainiest season is much less ideal.

As lavender is also not an extremely long-lived plant, rather than attempting to move or resuscitate a seriously overgrown specimen, just yank, toss and replace with a new one. Lavender is inexpensive.

Annual pruning of lavender is essential. If left unpruned to develop that woody interior and associated splaying (can arise from even a single season unpruned), you can never regain an attractive appearance. Most growers will suggest a light pruning in fall to remove old flower stalks (and an inch or two of foliage) and a harder pruning (up to a third of the plant) in spring as new growth emerges. Never cut back to bare wood - it will not sprout new growth.

fwiw, most commercial lavender farms expect about 5 years out of their plants before replacing.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 3:14PM
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gardengal48

Didn't mean to repeat you, bboy. You were posting as I was typing :-)

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 3:23PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

The more the merrier. The main problem here these days is not enough traffic.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 3:19PM
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larry_gene

In that case....traffic.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 11:04PM
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