The Q&A Archives: Lavendar trouble!

Question: I can't find any information on growing lavendar. and I love it so. I have purchased six different pots from Home Depots garden department put have yet found anyone that can help me get these plants past the three month mark. I thought I had won the battle with the last two pots I got, I made it to the three month mark but then one started dying on me again. What soil is it that drains well in the ground? Is it sand? It seems to me that anything planted in the ground will hold water to the level of raining often or watering just twice a week, and it has been raining very well here this month. I also can't find out how often it is to bloom and how I am to treat these other than

Answer: Cyndi,

Your question is really many in one. Let's take the big issue this time and if you have follow up questions please submit them to the web site like you did this one. First of all there are several types of lavender, some of which do not do well in the Deep South. Our hot, steamy summer weather is too much for them. The type of lavender usually grown for perfumed blooms is English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). It just doesn't usually succeed in the south. Other types that should have a better chance are: French Lavender (L. dentata), Lavandin (L. intermedia), and Spanish Lavender (L. stoechas).

However here are some thoughts for giving it your best shot. Lavender is native to the Mediterranean and therefore likes a well drained site with moderate to warm temperatures. In the sultry, humid heat of a southern summer it can melt, especially if kept to wet. Build it a raised mound using compost mixed with your native soil. A little sand added is alright but not necessary. Water periodically to keep the soil a little moist, but take care not to allow it to stay soggy wet. Give it full sun or a little afternoon shade.

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