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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 12:15 pm    Post subject: Lavender looking poor. Reply with quote

This is a lavender hedge on the edge of my herb bed. Most of it is fine, but the middle plants got hit hard by the cold. It is a year old, grown from little plants in 3" pots. I dug in a fair bit of horticultural grit and sand under the hedgeline. I'd ideally like to leave them to flower, but they are putting on very good growth. Should I cut them hard now, and wait for a decent show next year, or just cut after flowering as normal? It's tricky as only 2 or 3 plants are affected.


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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be inclined to cut them back now, to encourage more bushy growth.....anyone else got better advice ?
I've had far more mature, woody ones damaged this winter and I will have to replace them next year I think.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 4:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Lavender looking poor. Reply with quote

tippben wrote:
This is a lavender hedge on the edge of my herb bed. Most of it is fine, but the middle plants got hit hard by the cold. It is a year old, grown from little plants in 3" pots. I dug in a fair bit of horticultural grit and sand under the hedgeline. I'd ideally like to leave them to flower, but they are putting on very good growth. Should I cut them hard now, and wait for a decent show next year, or just cut after flowering as normal? It's tricky as only 2 or 3 plants are affected.
Is that thyme in the middle? Looks very nice.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We usually prune our Lavander twice per year a light trimming during the spring and again after flowering cut off all the old flower heads and another couple of Cms. They dont like to be cut back too hard and unfortunatly only last a coouple of years.I would recomend Hidcote as a good variety.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These plants are not strictly lavender (Lavandula), and are in fact santolina chamaecyparissus........ common name cotton lavender.
I would cut the stringy ones back by half now, and apply a slow release plant food to the root area.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im not saying your wrong but they look like rosmary a bit leggy Santolina would be more greyer. what do you think.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Greengage"]Im not saying your wrong but they look like rosmary a bit leggy Santolina would be more greyer. what do you think.[/quote]

Your post caused me to look a bit closer, so I blew up the image.
I actually now think they do look like lavender Laughing Lavandula angustifolia...... possibly Hidcote.

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