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Name: Rayne
Honolulu, HI (Zone 11a)
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RedGarden
Apr 24, 2017 6:09 PM CST
I purchased two lavender plants from lowes and repotted into a larger container with good drainage (or so I assumed). It's been a month and I see plenty of new growth which makes me *think* I did ok but I'm also seeing brown/dead leaves on the lower portions of the lavender.
Is this normal?? I've never grown lavender and can't seem to find an answer on google. I'm in zone 11 (Hawaii) so I keep it in partial sun to keep it from cooking.
It had just rained so the soil is not normally that dark. I let it dry completely before lightly watering.


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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 24, 2017 6:56 PM CST
Lavender can take full sun and very dry conditions. Maybe it is time to position it to more sun. I would try to make your soil grittier if it happens to be raining there a lot.
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Apr 24, 2017 8:02 PM CST
I'm wondering if it has to do with the humidity/heat. That appears to be an augustifolia type, aka English lavender. I can't get more than two years out of it here.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 24, 2017 8:23 PM CST
Same here, except it rarely even lasts a year for me. Lavender really doesn't like high humidity so in Hawaii, you're bound to have trouble getting it to dry out well enough between waterings unless you grow it indoors in the a/c.

A grittier soil like a cactus mix might help, for sure. But dry air is what it really wants.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 24, 2017 9:39 PM CST
I saw this blog about growing Lavender in Hawaii: http://hihort.blogspot.com/201...

It seems there is another cultivar more suitable for your location. But read the blog, it has helpful tips which you can use. Good luck on your lavender!
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 25, 2017 7:58 AM CST
Yes, those varieties do better here too, but sadly, none of them smell as good as the English and French lavenders. I just grow them in the winter here as an annual and enjoy them as much as possible before they peter out.
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