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G30
Feb 4, 2017 1:08 AM CST
Hello, I'm living in a tropical climate with high humidity, as shown in the photo attached, is my lavender in trouble? (Looks like the stem is starting to get brown)
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Zencat
Feb 4, 2017 5:57 AM CST
It looks fine to me. I don't grow it but I believe the older stems get woody. Someone else will come along and confirm or deny that.

G30
Feb 4, 2017 6:12 AM CST
Zencat said:It looks fine to me. I don't grow it but I believe the older stems get woody. Someone else will come along and confirm or deny that.


Ok thanks

G30
Feb 7, 2017 4:26 AM CST
Hello, a few days later, my lavender become droopy and the leaves are starting to wilt as shown in the photo attached. The soil is still moist.

It have just been bought from the nursery for a few days, and the person from the nursery have also change the pot of the lavender. (Possible cause?)

Do anyone have any solution or the cause of it?

Any response will be appreciated.
Thank you!
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sooby
Feb 7, 2017 6:59 AM CST
Welcome!

Did you see the person change the pot or remember if the original pot was larger? Loss of roots could cause the drooping. Too much watering can also cause it but if you've only had it a few days it seems a little quick for that. I'm assuming it's not under-watering if the soil is still moist.
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AlyssaBlue
Feb 7, 2017 9:49 AM CST
Lavender does not like to be too wet, so if you live in a tropical climate, you probably need to water it less than you are doing so. I would water then soil feels dry 1" down, water thoroughly until some water comes out of the bottom of the pot, then repeat when necessary.
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Feb 7, 2017 10:31 AM CST

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crawgarden
Feb 7, 2017 11:26 AM CST
Lavender needs sharp drainage, especially in a container.
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G30
Feb 7, 2017 5:07 PM CST
sooby said: Welcome!

Did you see the person change the pot or remember if the original pot was larger? Loss of roots could cause the drooping. Too much watering can also cause it but if you've only had it a few days it seems a little quick for that. I'm assuming it's not under-watering if the soil is still moist.

I asked the nursery person to change to a smaller pot so that it can fit in my room, so I suppose its loss of roots, what can I do now?
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sooby
Feb 7, 2017 5:26 PM CST
In that case I would trim it back by about half so that there is less top for the roots to supply with water. You can keep the cut leaves for scenting a drawer or something. Once it has recovered it will soon regrow.
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Feb 7, 2017 5:33 PM CST
sooby said:In that case I would trim it back by about half....


The parts you snip off can be rooted so you can have more plants.

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tarev
Feb 7, 2017 5:46 PM CST
Lavender likes lower humidity and drier conditions, full sun. Hates too much wet feet. I would not use that type of glazed container with attached saucer, it will be very easy to make the roots stay too wet for a long period. Try to make your media grittier, since you are in a tropical environment, it may help the plant get better air flow at root zone so it does not stay too soggy.

G30
Feb 7, 2017 6:12 PM CST
Can lavender be planted with crystal soil as shown in the photo attached?
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G30
Feb 7, 2017 6:14 PM CST
sooby said:In that case I would trim it back by about half so that there is less top for the roots to supply with water. You can keep the cut leaves for scenting a drawer or something. Once it has recovered it will soon regrow.


If I don't trim back will the lavender die?
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tarev
Feb 7, 2017 6:23 PM CST
I only use water gel beads for indoor low light plants, not for outdoor sun loving plants like lavender. Is it possible to move your plant outdoors, but in part shade for now, just to recover a bit?
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sooby
Feb 7, 2017 6:24 PM CST
It may die, or at least the tips may die, if you don't cut it back. If the problem is too much water rather than root loss it may die. I would say no to the crystal soil.

G30
Feb 7, 2017 6:32 PM CST
tarev said:I only use water gel beads for indoor low light plants, not for outdoor sun loving plants like lavender. Is it possible to move your plant outdoors, but in part shade for now, just to recover a bit?


Possible, but if my lavender spent most of its time indoor can I use the water gel beads?
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tarev
Feb 7, 2017 7:28 PM CST
G30, it still won't work, it will keep the roots too damp moist than what it needs, and your plant will further suffer too, being grown indoors. It thrives on direct sun, lots of very bright light.

G30
Feb 7, 2017 8:38 PM CST
Ok thank you all for helping!

G30
Feb 10, 2017 1:23 AM CST
I bought a new pot of lavender and the bottom leaves are dying as shown, is it normal?
Do the plant need pruning? (If need how?)
Can anyone identify the species of the lavender?
Also is the pot too small for the lavender?
Thanks for the help!
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