1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Novice Gardener - Unhappy Lavender

Discussion in 'NEW Gardeners !' started by Kiss_The_Alderman, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. Kiss_The_Alderman

    Kiss_The_Alderman Apprentice Gardener

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2018
    Messages:
    4
    Occupation:
    Animator
    Location:
    Birmingham
    Ratings:
    +7
    Hello,

    I am a beginner gardener who knows very little about caring for plants. We recently dug out an overgrown flower bed by our patio, mixed in some compost and planted lavender with the hope that it would one day grow big and cover the whole bed.

    They've been in for a few weeks and they don't look very happy. I've been trying to water them the correct amount but feel like I'm probably getting it wrong. I have read that lavender doesn't need a lot of water but young/new plants need a bit more, so as it's been very hot I've been watering them most days. I'll usually dig down 2 or 3 inches to see how wet the soil is and if it's more or less dry I've watered them. We have a couple in pots that didn't fit in to the bed and they actually seem much healthier, greener leaves, less dry.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Have I killed them? Or are they not beyond rescue yet? Here are some pictures:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    This is one in a pot which seems healthier to me:
    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Verdun

      Verdun Passionate gardener

      Joined:
      Oct 16, 2012
      Messages:
      4,378
      Gender:
      Male
      Location:
      West Cornwall
      Ratings:
      +9,439
      Kiss....stop the watering!!!

      Lavendar needs as much sun as possible, as light a soil as possible and very little water. Dont feed either

      I planted a lavendar hedge back in early spring....it was watered once and then not at all. Despite this heat and hardly a drop of rain, I will not be tempted to water it. It is flowering, looking healthy and thriving.

      For me, your plants are showing classic signs of over watering :)
       
      • Like Like x 3
      • Agree Agree x 1
      • ricky101

        ricky101 Super Gardener

        Joined:
        Jun 15, 2016
        Messages:
        681
        Gender:
        Male
        Location:
        yorkshire
        Ratings:
        +969
        Hi,

        Have also been planting a row of lavenders and they can be difficult to grow if you do not know their needs, so will be easing back on my watering as @Verdun mentions

        Seems young plants can also be prone to various diseases which can kill them off quickly.

        I was in need a of few replacements and found that The Range had some 6 packs of good looking Lavenders for about £5 in case you need to restock.
         
        • Like Like x 3
        • Kiss_The_Alderman

          Kiss_The_Alderman Apprentice Gardener

          Joined:
          Jun 29, 2018
          Messages:
          4
          Occupation:
          Animator
          Location:
          Birmingham
          Ratings:
          +7
          Thanks both for your replies. Right, I'll stop watering them and see if they perk up at all. Do you think they're beyond repair and I should just replace them now or might I expect to see an improvement? I might check out The Range thanks, I didn't even know they did plants!
           
          • Like Like x 1
          • Verdun

            Verdun Passionate gardener

            Joined:
            Oct 16, 2012
            Messages:
            4,378
            Gender:
            Male
            Location:
            West Cornwall
            Ratings:
            +9,439
            They might perk up. We live and learn Kiss.:)
             
            • Like Like x 2
            • Jack Sparrow

              Jack Sparrow Total Gardener

              Joined:
              Jul 24, 2017
              Messages:
              1,793
              Gender:
              Male
              Location:
              Peterborough
              Ratings:
              +3,482
              I didn't see any in the Range the other day but then again I wasn't looking For them. How big are they? I bought some plug plants in the spring but I was unable to keep them going. I wasn't going to worry until the Autumn or next spring but I now have a place I can use them until I'm ready to plant them permanently

              G.
               
              • Like Like x 1
              • kazzawazza

                kazzawazza Total Gardener

                Joined:
                May 16, 2015
                Messages:
                1,805
                Gender:
                Female
                Location:
                Midlands
                Ratings:
                +1,704
                I am so glad I read this thread.

                I also planted lavender a few weeks back in the hope they will fill a gap in the border. They were young plants, but healthy. As the weeks have gone by large parts of the plants have dried up and died. I water them as I water other plants, which is were I have gone wrong :ideaIPB:

                I bought 3 new lavender today from the market for £1 each. I think I'll replace the 3 worst plants.
                 
                • Like Like x 2
                • kazzawazza

                  kazzawazza Total Gardener

                  Joined:
                  May 16, 2015
                  Messages:
                  1,805
                  Gender:
                  Female
                  Location:
                  Midlands
                  Ratings:
                  +1,704
                  @Verdun should I replace all of these plants or just the three at the front?

                  42BAD621-060E-40FA-8405-5CCAE393588B.jpeg
                   
                  • Like Like x 1
                  • Verdun

                    Verdun Passionate gardener

                    Joined:
                    Oct 16, 2012
                    Messages:
                    4,378
                    Gender:
                    Male
                    Location:
                    West Cornwall
                    Ratings:
                    +9,439
                    Kazzawazza,
                    Dig up the front 3. Difficult to say from your picture, but space them 30 to 40 cm apart. Dont crowd them by planting too near overpowering plants.
                    Dont fuss over them, dont water, dont feed and if they are in the sun they should respond well:)
                     
                    • Like Like x 1
                    • Useful Useful x 1
                    • Barb in Pa

                      Barb in Pa Gardener

                      Joined:
                      Apr 1, 2018
                      Messages:
                      89
                      Gender:
                      Female
                      Occupation:
                      retired
                      Location:
                      Pa
                      Ratings:
                      +196
                      WATER WATER WATER OFTEN OFTEN OFTEN.....You will see the difference quickly....
                       
                      • Like Like x 1
                      • Friendly Friendly x 1
                      • Gail_68

                        Gail_68 Guest

                        Ratings:
                        +0
                        Hello @Kiss_The_Alderman :sign0016: to the forum and nice to have you with us :)

                        I totally agree with @Verdun having 4 lavender plants from young which I used to keep in round balls...they thrive well without water and as you can see they're flowering.

                        Mine was only young like yours and turned this size in no time but the 3 on the back garden was removed and I still have the one on the front which I've left to grow wild under hubbies instructions :dunno: but all these was small.

                        20180501_130645.jpg

                        SDC15853.JPG
                         
                        • Like Like x 3
                        • Kiss_The_Alderman

                          Kiss_The_Alderman Apprentice Gardener

                          Joined:
                          Jun 29, 2018
                          Messages:
                          4
                          Occupation:
                          Animator
                          Location:
                          Birmingham
                          Ratings:
                          +7
                          Thanks @Gail_68 , I can only dream of lavenders as fine as yours. One day maybe!
                           
                          • Like Like x 1
                          • Agree Agree x 1
                          • Friendly Friendly x 1
                          • Jack Sparrow

                            Jack Sparrow Total Gardener

                            Joined:
                            Jul 24, 2017
                            Messages:
                            1,793
                            Gender:
                            Male
                            Location:
                            Peterborough
                            Ratings:
                            +3,482
                            I found the lavender in the Range. 6 for £5.99. There were several in flower but most of the packs included at least one that was dead looking. I plumped for a different variety. It was smaller but very healthy looking.

                            20180630_165026.jpg


                            When the time comes I will be using to plant a low hedge along the path. For now I have a pot that needs utilising and 6 plants that need a home.

                            G.
                             
                            • Like Like x 3
                            • JJ28

                              JJ28 Gardener

                              Joined:
                              Sep 9, 2014
                              Messages:
                              205
                              Gender:
                              Female
                              Occupation:
                              the best - retired
                              Location:
                              Sussex by the Sea
                              Ratings:
                              +193
                              Oh no!!! I don't often post on here ....as need advice rather than have knowledge to impart....but learn lots - more overwatered lavender here I fear, I thought I was being kind. No more...
                               
                              • Like Like x 3
                              • Kiss_The_Alderman

                                Kiss_The_Alderman Apprentice Gardener

                                Joined:
                                Jun 29, 2018
                                Messages:
                                4
                                Occupation:
                                Animator
                                Location:
                                Birmingham
                                Ratings:
                                +7
                                While I don't wish dead lavender on anybody I do feel a bit better knowing it's not only me who's done it. :doh:
                                 
                                • Like Like x 1
                                • Friendly Friendly x 1

                                Share This Page