Lavender becomes woody without proper pruning. Avoid woody lavender with tips from a lavender farmer in this free video on growing herbs.
Hi, my name is Sarah Bader from Lavender at Stonegate here at Westland, Oregon, and the question that I get probably the most is, "I have a lavender plant that's become very woody. Is there anything I can do to save it? So I'd like to show you an extreme example of one that we have here on our farm. This is a lavender plant I would say that would be at least twenty years old that has become extremely woody. Now, most of you, your plants probably don't look this bad, but, in reality, once a plant becomes this woody, it's really going to be impossible to get back to where it's not woody. The best thing to do is to pull it out and start over again. And make sure that you prune it properly in the beginning, because what that does is it promotes growth from down below. It doesn't allow all the energy to go up to the flowers, because that's what makes the plant woody in the first place. So, if you have a lavender plant that looks like this, the best thing to do is to pull it out and start all over again.