The Q&A Archives: Hidcot Lavender

Question: I recently purchased a Hidcote lavender, and planted it in a container with sandy soil, and placed it in a place that gets full sun. I water my plant every 2-days or so. Lately it is starting to get brown spots on the leaves, and some of the leaves looks like it turing brown on the edges. I also noticed that leaves on the botton are turning brown as well. Is the plant dying?

This is my second try with Hidcot Lavender, what is the secret to taking care of them? I just love their sweet scent, and hate to see another one die...

Please Help.

Answer: Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' has rich purple flowers on 10"-15" long spikes, and a compact growth habit, making it one of the best lavenders for container growing. All lavenders thrive in full sunshine, in fast-draining soil that's kept on the dry side. It sounds as though you're overwatering your lavender! Wait until the soil dries out completely before watering. Test by picking up the container. If it's light, you can water. If it's heavy, it has plenty of moisture. Wait a few days and test again. Then water thoroughly by immersing the pot in a bucket or pan of water. By reducing the amount of water your plant receives you'll help it regain its health and it should recover completely.

Good luck with your plant!

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