Do you have a hebe plant that is looking leggy? If so, don’t panic. There are many things you can do to fix this problem. In this post, we will go over some of the best practices you can do to fix your leggy hebe.
How To Fix a Leggy Hebe Plant?
Hebe plants become leggy when the plant does not receive enough sunlight. This causes the hebe to grow towards a light source, which results in a leggy appearance.
In order to fix this issue, you will need to give your hebe more sun exposure. If possible, place it outside where it can get at least six hours of indirect sunlight per day. Also, make sure all leaves get sun exposure by rotating the plant every other day.
I’ll now go into specifics about what you may do to keep your leggy hebe plant alive…
1) Move your hebe to a brighter location
The first and most important step is to move your hebe into a brighter location. If you don’t, the plant will continue to grow towards the sun and become leggier over time.
Do not place it in direct sunlight because this can actually damage or kill your hebe altogether! Instead, make sure it receives indirect sunlight for at least six hours per day.
Also, rotate it every other day so that all leaves can receive sunlight. This will ensure all leaves receive the sunlight they need to stay healthy.
If you don’t have a space for your hebe where it can get at least six hours of indirect sunlight per day, consider buying grow lights (link to my favorite on Amazon) to help keep indoor plants alive and thriving without direct access to natural light.
When using grow lights in place of or along with other light sources, make sure to keep the lights an appropriate distance away from your plant. If you leave them too close or hang them too low, they can burn and damage your hebe’s leaves.
2) Prune the leggy leaves from your hebe
To keep your leggy hebe plant alive, you want to prune off any leaves that are growing towards the sun. These will only become weaker as they continue to grow and may even die off entirely!
In addition, if there is a lot of leaf growth happening at the base or center of your hebe, cut back some stems so it becomes bushier. This will help it become a fuller, more rounded plant overall and reduce the amount of leggy growth happening.
Also, make sure to clean your hebe by removing dead leaves whenever you notice them. Dead leaves can be a breeding ground for bugs and other pests that could damage or kill your entire plant, so this is a step you don’t want to skip out on.
When pruning your hebe, be careful not to damage it! You will need sharp shears or clippers for best results and simply snip the leaves off at their base where they meet with branches. Do not pull them because this can cause serious damage if done too roughly.
Leggy Hebe FAQ
Hebe plants aren’t too popular, so there are naturally many confused hebe owners who want to know how to fix their leggy hebe. Here are some of the most common questions I get asked about fixing a leggy hebe plantâ€¦
Should I repot a leggy hebe?
Itâ€™s not necessary to repot your leggy hebe, but it shouldn’t hurt if you do so. I only repot hebe plants if I suspect root rot or if the pant has become too big for its container.
Where should I keep my leggy hebe?
Keep your leggy hebe in an area that receives at least six hours of indirect sunlight per day. This area shouldn’t be exposed to cold drafts or dry heat, as well as have humidity of at least 50%.
Should I cut back my leggy hebe?
Yes, pruning a leggy hebe is a good idea. To prune, you will want to cut off the dried leaves from last season as well as any dead or dying branches. You can also use this opportunity to re-shape your hebe by cutting back long branches and trimming away leggy stems.
Use sterilized shears that are sharp to minimize damage and the spread of infection. Using dirty shears will cause infections that can result in leaves dying and dropping off.
Will a leggy hebe plant recover?
Yes, a leggy hebe plant will recover. If you fix the issue and provide it with sunlight, your hebe should stop growing towards a light source and start thriving again in no time.
How long does it take for a leggy hebe to grow back?
It can take anywhere from one month up to six months before your leggy hebe fully recovers. It all depends on how bad the issue is that you are trying to fix, but it shouldn’t take any longer than six months if you follow these tips.
In conclusion, leggy hebe plants are common and easy to fix. Just make sure you provide your plant with a six-hour window of indirect sunlight per day, cut back any leggy branches, and prune off dried leaves from last season.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post on how to fix a leggy hebe plant and that you found it helpful. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop a message in my inbox.
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.