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Tatille
Jun 4, 2020 2:42 PM CST

We just recently got this lavender plant (Lavendula s Luxurious), it was left indoors for several days before plotted into the ground.

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It's placed at a south location with plenty of sunlight, and since it's a new plant and the soil tends to dry out fast so we watered it daily.
But after a few days its condition got a lot worse and the leaves started to turn brown and drying out.
Yesterday I digged a bit around it to check the soil condition (I thought it might be too dry), but it looked moist and not overly wet.

I can't think of another problem that could be causing the browning (and an overall unhealthy plant), what could be happening?
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BigBill
Jun 4, 2020 3:50 PM CST
Lavender is an easy plant to grow. It likes a rich, well draining soil. Full sun is great for it. From your image, it looks bone dry. Put it back into the soil, bringing the top of the root mass even with the top of the soil. Water it well. You have to give it enough water so it gets all the way down to the roots.
Try watering it every three days or so. It does not like to dry out nor does it want to be swampy wet either!!
The fact that you did not get it planted and you keep digging it up to look at it is causing the plant all types of stress. Just leave it alone and let it settle in to your conditions.
It is like you want your son to sleep well and you keep going in his room every five minutes shining a flashlight in his eyes to ask him, "Are you asleep?" Patience, you need a little patience!
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Edmonton, Alberta (Zone 3b)
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Tatille
Jun 8, 2020 1:45 PM CST
BigBill said:Lavender is an easy plant to grow. It likes a rich, well draining soil. Full sun is great for it. From your image, it looks bone dry. Put it back into the soil, bringing the top of the root mass even with the top of the soil. Water it well. You have to give it enough water so it gets all the way down to the roots.
Try watering it every three days or so. It does not like to dry out nor does it want to be swampy wet either!!
The fact that you did not get it planted and you keep digging it up to look at it is causing the plant all types of stress. Just leave it alone and let it settle in to your conditions.
It is like you want your son to sleep well and you keep going in his room every five minutes shining a flashlight in his eyes to ask him, "Are you asleep?" Patience, you need a little patience!


Thanks for the suggestion. I've left it alone (it was also raining for the past few days). Hopefully it readjusts to the environment soon.
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Tatille
Jun 28, 2020 9:21 PM CST
Update: I left it alone for the past couple weeks and it looks like it's almost dead Sad
It has been raining quite a bit recently, I'm not sure if it's getting too wet.
But the lavender just never got adjusted to the spot and slowly died.

What can I do for it at this point?


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kniphofia
Jun 28, 2020 9:46 PM CST
There's nothing you can do now but toss it I'm afraid. Newly planted things will always struggle in mid summer, especially if they are already stressed.
You'll have to buy a new one I think. As Bill says they can be quite challenging. Their Mediterranean origin means they like pretty hot and dry conditions, but only once the plants are established. They never do well in cold and wet.
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Tatille
Jun 30, 2020 5:22 PM CST
kniphofia said:There's nothing you can do now but toss it I'm afraid. Newly planted things will always struggle in mid summer, especially if they are already stressed.
You'll have to buy a new one I think. As Bill says they can be quite challenging. Their Mediterranean origin means they like pretty hot and dry conditions, but only once the plants are established. They never do well in cold and wet.


Thanks for the suggestion.

This is in fact my first time trying to plant a lavender, and this one is sold here labelled as a "hardy" variety, so I imagined that it would not suffer so horribly here.
Though yes, I did read up that lavenders prefer drier conditions, and for the past month the weather has indeed been cold and wet, around 13-23°c mostly, and lots of rain with little sunshine.

This leads me to think if it's possible to establish a lavender plant in my region, or should I not attempt one at all?
(Their survival over the winter has definitely been a concern too.)

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