Lavender - Knowledgebase Question

Fayetteville, NC
Question by ncpilot
February 1, 1998
How can I keep my Lavender alive? They seem to die almost as fast as I bring them home.


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Answer from NGA
February 1, 1998

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I wonder if you're killing them with kindness? Lavender is a woody perennial that likes full sun and doesn't mind dry soil. It isn't a heavy feed and doesn't even need fertilizing. The plants go dormant in the winter but should sprout from the roots as soon as the weather warms in the spring. Make sure the plants are healthy when you buy them and are showing new growth or new flower buds.

Perhaps your soil is too wet, or has other problems that are affecting the lavender. You can try planting your lavender in a 1-gallon container of potting soil and sinking the container into the sunniest spot in your garden. If the plant grows well, you'll know there's some problem with the soil. Hope you have better luck this season!

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