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Is it too late to cut back lavender?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 20:03

Thanks guys. I just needed to know one way or another. 

Is it too late to cut back lavender?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 18:58

I cut  back my lavenders on 23rd August. Is it too late to cut back again? If not, how deep back should I cut?

I left the shoots too long apparently because they haven't flowered a second time like hoped for. Instead they've gone woody and remain bare.



The blooms were fantastic earlier in the year. Can I still expect a second flowering this year or not until next year?


Lavender bush

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 18:15

To my non-gardener's eye I thought my lavenders were looking pretty good earlier this year...

Believing that lavender can flower a second time if pruned after flowering I thought I was doing so well when I cut them back on 23rd August....

I've been wondering now why there has been no sign of a second flowering.

Today I checked a few UTube videos and it seems my method and (I think) my timing were both correct but that I have not cut back deep enough.

These are my plants today - the couple of flowers visible are ones I didn't cut back in August because I wanted to see how long they lasted without pruning!!

Closer view showing bare stems...

The shoots I left too long apparently and they've gone woody and remain bare.

My question is "Is it too late to cut back again? If so, would a hedgetrimmer do any harm as there is not enough bulk left to get a good handful like when I first pruned?

if I can cut back again should I expect a new flowering this year or not until next year?



Photo test thread only...

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 22:25



Propagating Stephanotis

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 21:39

Just seen your post SwissSue. Thanks so much for the link - there's a lot there. Very informative. Great! 

Service 503 Unavailable

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 21:50

Nope! Not for me. Per heaps it's something to do with me using an iPad. The iPad software has also just updated to OS8 - don't know if thats anything to do with anything.

Service 503 Unavailable

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 20:10

i got the message Service 503 Unavailable when I tried to post photos. I tried

lots of times.

Anyone had this recenty or know what it means?

Is it a temporary website glitch or is it something I can do something about myself?

Are you there Daniel?

Propagating Stephanotis

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:17

Propagating Stephanotis

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:05

Sorry, Philippa, my second post was delayed by struggling with the photos.

I'm afraid I'm not sure what layering involves. Do you use the leaves in some way?


Propagating Stephanotis

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:01
About 18 months ago I realised our two Stephanotis house plants which originally had beautiful white flowers on them, were suffering badly. They had been out of full sun (as recommended on the label) but in the relative shade of our hall.    I hadn't noticed that the occasional  yellowing of a leaf or two had become more frequent until they both started quickly dropping  almost all of their leaves.   I set to, repotting both in fresh compost, in bigger pots with extra feed added and then moved them into our lounge to a side windowsill facing west where there were no draughts and there was more light but no direct sun - at least until mid afternoon to evening when the rays were slanting at a less fierce angle.   Unfortunately, in spite of the belated first aid and TLC, one plant died after it lost its last remaining leaves.   The other, however, after losing all but one leaf, began to thrive and I was thrilled when I noticed this regrowth in July (2013).

This was all the more important to me because they had been chosen and lovingly cared for by my wife who absolutely adored her plants and garden but had been unable to keep up her activities as she became more ill.

  I knew the plants were there - but it was like I had seen them yet just not noticed them during the awful months after losing her.   I was overjoyed when this year the successful plant rewarded me with loads of regrowth and half a dozen or so lovely white scented flowers - the latter sadly now finished.

  Unfortunately the new growth has been impossible to properly retrain around the frame without risking snapping it off. I am wondering, however, whether it is possible to take cuttings, and if so, how to propagate them? I would then then be able to start it off again in the other pot. This would not only enable me to tidy up the plant in the photo and maybe retrain it round its frame (it is supposed to grow round and round itself again I think) but would also help me feel I had somehow redeemed myself for having let the two plants get so poorly in the first place that I losth one of them.   Is there anyone out there who has some experience of Stephanotis house plants who could advise me? It would mean quite a lot if I could, as it were 'recover' the lost plant.

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