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Posted by aunt_lou Z5 OH (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 15, 09 at 12:31

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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RE: Lavender

  • Posted by luke_oh zone 5 NE Ohio (My Page) on
    Tue, Dec 15, 09 at 13:59

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.


RE: Lavender

  • Posted by raee zone 5-6 OH (My Page) on
    Fri, Dec 18, 09 at 22:27

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.

RE: Lavender

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.

RE: Lavender

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

aunt lou

RE: Lavender

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.


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