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February 5,1999

When is the best time to prune lavender plants? After blooming or in Spring? Thank you very much.

English lavender..Lavandula angustifolia

Lavender (Lavandula sp.) should be pruned back immediately after bloom to keep the plant compact and neat. Older, woody plants may be cut back half way when new growth begins in spring, if it is in need of rejuvenation, and to remove growth killed over the winter. Lavender plants should be divided in the fall if needed.
Lavender prefers lots of sun but will tolerate a limited amount of shade. Well-drained soil is essential, otherwise the foliage will yellow. The soil pH should be close to neutral, or slightly alkaline. (Add lime if your soil pH is more than slightly acid.) This perennial tolerates drought quite well, but water them a bit through really dry periods, and preferably not over their foliage. Fertilize sparingly if at all, these are not particularly hungry plants. Hardy zones 6-9

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