If you have lavender plants that are hardy in your growing zone (see our Lavender 101 post for more information on this), it is likely that they will return year after year for a decade or two. But even the toughest perennials may still look quite grisly after their long winter dormancy.

Will my dead lavender come back?

In cold climates with English lavenders the old growth may turn a gray colour and appear dead after a harsh Winter but it will come back with new growth and stems emerging in the Spring.

Is my lavender dead or dormant?

Test it by cutting a small stalk close to the base. If it snaps easily, that stalk is dead. Test several more stalks around the base of the plant before giving up hope – sometimes a plant can die out in one section, but still have life left in others.

How long does it take for lavender to come back?

If diseased, remove and burn. Should you replant right away (in fall) or wait until spring? Lavender plants need 8-10 weeks in the ground to get established before winter arrives. Depending on your zone, and how much time you have before your first freeze, fall planting can be a great option.

Does lavender survive winter?

As mentioned above, English lavender is winter-hardy to Zone 5 and may only need a bit of help in the form of a thin layer of straw. Otherwise, lavender shouldn’t need any extra care outdoors. Spanish and French lavenders, on the other hand, are only hardy to Zone 8, and will need to be brought indoors in colder areas.

Why is my lavender turning GREY?

Lavender can turn gray because of frost damage or as a result of a fungal disease, caused by over watering or slow draining soils. Usually the fungus botrytis spp is responsible for lavender leaves turning gray although there are a few pathogens that may cause lavenders to turn gray.

How do I know if my lavender plant is dying?

Dead lavender will have no sign of green but instead the branches will be brown and hollow. Temperature is another reason why your lavender plant may be dying. Snow doesn’t affect mature lavender plants, but chilly temps will.

Should I cut back dead lavender?

The basic rule of pruning lavender is not to trim into brown, dead wood. You’ll usually find brown branches at the base of the plant. Remove them only when they are truly dead. Never cut them back, hoping to stimulate new growth.

Why does my lavender plant look dead?

The most common reasons for a Lavender plant dying are improper watering, over-fertilization, acidic soil pH, diseases, pests, or inadequate sunlight. Careful inspection of the plant and growing conditions are essential to help identify and fix the issue.

What to do with lavender after it dies?

Spring Care Tips for Lavender

How do you revive a dead lavender plant?

Carefully remove the lavender out of the ground with a fork (as a fork is less likely to cut through roots then a spade) and inspect the roots. If there is any soft, rotting roots then snip off the infected roots with a sterilised pair of pruners. Replant the lavender in a new location in full sun with fresh soil.

How do you fix dead lavender?

Quote from video: So the question was can you just cut this back to the ground and it'll regrow. And the answer to that is no. If you look down here lavender in the middle of the plant dies. And the parts of the plant

What to do with lavender after it dies?

Solution. Pruning is the key to reviving lavender plants that have become woody. Prune back the lavender to its flexible growth, being careful not to cut into the woody base. You can either prune in early Spring or late Fall when new growth is present.

Can I cut lavender back to the ground?

Never cut them back, hoping to stimulate new growth. The plant cannot produce new growth from the woody parts. When you’re pruning woody lavender plants, it’s also a good idea not to prune all of the plant at the same time. Instead, work slowly, trimming back each branch, but never cutting into the brown wood.

What happens if you don’t cut back your lavender?

If you do not prune lavender, the plant can become overgrown, scraggly, and it might not bloom as profusely. So, if you want to make sure that this doesn’t happen to your plant, you should get into the habit of trimming it regularly.

What is the lifespan of a lavender plant?

When sited correctly and pruned judiciously, lavenders should live for five to seven years. Although lavender is fairly drought tolerant, adequate moisture is required throughout the growing season. Most critical are the weeks after planting to ensure that soil around the rootball does not dry out.