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Jun 29, 2016 9:11 AM CST
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My one year old lavender plant has started looking like this the past 2 days. It has been healthy and the one next to it still looks great. We had flooding rains earlier this year in Texas and it thrived. However, it now looks like this. I have not been watering very often. I did water a few days prior to it looking like this around 5 pm. Could it have scorched it due to the heat? We usually don't water until around 8pm in the summer. Local gardener said too much water....but I haven't watered it very often and it has thrived for a year with the care I have been giving. Any help would be appreciated. I don't want to lose this beauty!
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Jun 29, 2016 9:23 AM CST
Welcome! sdbhm65

I live in Houston and were hit with all the rain. We have lavender in our front bed - I know that if you do not have really really good draining soil that you can get root rot quickly. You can try to cut back the wilted area (may look strange for awhile) back and hope for the best. Lavender is pretty tuff but after the rains we got we lost three of our newly planted lavender due to the soil not draining quickly enough.
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Jun 29, 2016 9:47 AM CST


Since they come from a sunny Mediterranean region, they are quite heat resilient so I doubt they were burnt by the sun. Probably too much water, they'll get root rot. Soil really needs to be a light sandy well drained mix which allows for good drainage. They hate "wet feet". They should be watered deeply but infrequently, when the soil is almost dry. Established plants need little water, as they are extremely drought tolerant.

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