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12/07/2012 at 11:00

Several lavender shrubs I look after seem to have collapsed slightly leaving the centre of the shrubs exposed, showing the less attractive woody tangle of stems beneath.

I suspect this may have been caused by the winter snows or perhaps the heavy rain we've been having this spring.

Any other theories as to the cause are welcome.

More importantly, does anyone know of a way to restore these shrubs to the nice, compact globe-like shape they were before?

Many thanks to you all in advance.

12/07/2012 at 11:51

Lavender will not grow back if you cut it back to old wood.  So really all you can do is give them a light trim and possible try to tie them together a bit to disguise the wood.  Use any trimmings to take cuttings so that you can replace the old plants next year.

12/07/2012 at 11:54

When they reach this stage of age, it is indeed best to take cuttings and prepare to start again.  Lavenders are not on the whole a very long lived plant - some of mine have set seed and self seeded into the gravel path, nice surprise that was.   Much is said about not cutting into old wood, but having done so many times - usually because I am going to pull the plant out, they have often recovered!!  Lucklily the plants don't read the books, or the threads.

12/07/2012 at 13:02

Yep, Lavenders don't live very long (and start to look ropey after about 4 or 5 years) they're easy to take cuttings from so, as said, take some cuttings now and prepare to replace the plants by spring.

12/07/2012 at 18:26

Thanks for all the suggestions. Perhaps I shall take cuttings from some and hack into the wood of one or two (just to please you, Bookertoo ) and see what happens.

Was very interested to learn that Lavendar is shortlived. Will bear that in mind for future plantings.

Many thanks

13/07/2012 at 09:55

I shall be interested to see what happens if you do cut into the wood, maybe hack is not quite the phrase I might have used!  Let me know if it lives or dies, and please don't berate me too much if it doesn't work!

06/07/2015 at 13:13

Good Morning - I just found this web site, in looking into why my lavender collapses in the middle & spreads way out on the ground. Almost looks like a cat had been lying in the middle of the plant, when it starts, but then, eventually at time passes, all the 'rows' bend outward until it forms a circle on the ground, or a 'bowl'. They eventually rise back up, though not perfectly straight, but still nice, & full. Seems to do so after heavy rains or wind.

Just curious - would it help to place a small piece of fencing for support around the circumference?  Also, I prune mine down to the ground each fall, & each Spring they rise in full glory. But I'm reading here about an entirely different type of pruning as well as something about not touching 'old wood'. I'm finding all this very interesting & wondered if anyone has any ideas or comments on mine.  

I've had two different kinds of lavender through the years - one died & I replaced it with, as it turns out, a different variety, but now I have the same on both sides of the porch - just not sure what variety!    And though they don't have the beautiful soft fragrance the first ones had, they are gorgeous! And I am awed at the pollination process - the bees 'visit' to pollinate, but do not bother anyone, & I find this whole process just amazing!! I just miss the fragrance!

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