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jmommer
May 10, 2020 9:55 AM CST
This will be my third time attempting to grow lavender and I have spent a lot of time in the internet researching lavender care but can't ever seem to get it right. I'm going to leave the plant in the container from the nursery for now because I have a feeling that when I had repot the others immediately when getting home I was doing something wrong. I know the plant will need something more roomy so if anyone has any advice on what type of soil to purchase (I'm keeping it in a pot) and care tips I would greatly appreciate it! I know it needs drainage holes and full sun. Any advice would help! Thank you
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oneeyeluke
May 11, 2020 3:52 AM CST
Lavender's soil pH requirements are neutral to slightly alkaline soil with pH values of 6.5 to 7.5. Well-draining soils are essential. Lavender doesn't grow well in clay soils, highly organic soils or acid soils. If you garden in areas with such soils, plan ahead to amend the soil before planting lavender.

Most potting mixes are slightly to acidic for common house plants. Their needs being different from houseplants you need to get a potting mix the is neutral in pH or slightly alkaline. I've had so many problems with Lavender I stopped growing it. Good luck
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May 11, 2020 4:34 AM CST
I have grown Lavender in very poor soil, (clay in Tennessee) and it grew big and beautiful and all I ever did was to top dress it with wood ashes in spring. It was one tiny plant to start with and it grew to be as big as the plants that you see in the pictures of the Lavender fields of France.

I only watered it to get it established in the beginning. Good luck!
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2020 8:41 AM CST

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Can you plant in the ground instead of a pot? I don't think I've seen one successfully grown in a pot.
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gardenfish
May 11, 2020 12:57 PM CST
I agree lavenders are not houseplants. They can be tricky even when planted in the ground. Rot from overwatering kills many lavenders.
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jmommer
May 11, 2020 2:07 PM CST
I am keeping it outside but wanted it in a large pot so that I could better control watering. We don't have a drip irrigation system and I read that it's best to be watered from at the soil and not directly over the leaves.
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gardenfish
May 11, 2020 3:29 PM CST
They don't like watering very much,, mine don't get watered at all, only rainfall.
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2020 5:46 PM CST

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Mine are in the ground and during the summer, they rarely get watered. Since we rarely have any rains during the summer, I give it some water maybe once month, at most. Newly planted maybe more often until they settle in. They are a Mediterranean plant and like lots of sun and dry soil. Too much watering and you'll likely kill it..
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gardenfish
May 12, 2020 12:28 AM CST
I agree
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NewbieGardner
May 12, 2020 2:01 AM CST
Lavender plant perennial can be frustrating at times to grow. The year i got it from nursery it had blooms. The next following two years I didn't had any blooma. I was also not sure what wrong I was doing. Two years the plant had great scented foilage. The fragrance was intense but no blooms disappointed me. This year to my surprise the plant is full of blooms. Its just lovely. So my plesse don't panic. Dont worry muchl !
Keep the plant alive by watering it as and when required. Sometimes lavenders are late bloomers. So wait patiently until next blooming season and see how it performs.

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bumplbea
May 12, 2020 2:35 AM CST
maybe this instructional video can help you get lavender blooms this season.

https://youtu.be/BjAfYmNg45U

Also pruning them correctly for blooms the right time of year depending on what zone your in is important for next seasons blooms. See instructional pruning videos.

See pic of Spanish lavender in my garden posted here:
https://garden.org/pics/2018-0...
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gardenfish
May 12, 2020 10:40 AM CST
Here's mine.
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These pics taken a month ago, and it's still blooming.
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Calif_Sue
May 12, 2020 12:00 PM CST

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That's the one more commonly called Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) or also called French Lavender with the bigger bloom heads.
The English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has the smaller flower, often called True Lavender or Common Lavender.
My favorite one is Hidcote.

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gardenfish
May 12, 2020 4:44 PM CST
I like the hidcote. I've planted a phenomenal this year. A hybrid, I believe.
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Fresno, CA
jmommer
May 19, 2020 9:45 AM CST
So I have used fast draining soil, I added lime to adjust the ph and it is in a spot with at least 6 hours of sun. Can anyone help on what looks like is going wrong by the images? Can I save it? I potted it and watered lightly and have just left it alone.
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gardenfish
May 19, 2020 9:50 AM CST
Wow. I really hate to say this. I think it's past redemption. I would get another plant and start over. Sad
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jmommer
May 19, 2020 10:18 AM CST
Thank you for the honesty! I think I may give up. I've done everything by the textbook including leaving them alone and it always ends up at this same point 😞
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gardenfish
May 19, 2020 1:35 PM CST
That's so sad. I had problems, too. For many. many years, over 15, I tried to grow lavender. Finally I bought some marked down, just threw them in the soil with some sand added, and left them to their own devices. And this technique worked. No additional watering and no fertilizer. The ones I have are French, or Spanish lavender. I don't know if that's the reason I could grow them. They might be easier than the English.
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jmommer
May 22, 2020 2:23 PM CST
Thank you for the honesty! I think I may give up. I've done everything by the textbook including leaving them alone and it always ends up at this same point 😞

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