Dead growth on lavender

Asked May 22, 2020, 2:00 PM EDT

Lavenders planted last season have woody growth in the center which we cut back. There is fresh growth on the edges. Can these bushes be saved?

Union County New Jersey

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Like other members of the mint family, lavender is a woody plant that needs regular pruning to keep its small size, and keep producing flowers. Pruning is a bit tricky, because if you don't prune enough, they get too large and woody, and flower growth becomes meager. If you prune too much, you can leave inadequate existing growth for flowering. And, to add to the mix, they are relatively short-lived plants. Here is a Cornell Extension article on them: http://gardening.cornell.edu/homegardening/scene9108.html

Hope this is helpful. Good luck!