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Noodle
May 24, 2017 5:31 PM CST
Hello, I bought a purple lavender from the store and it had a few nice plump flowers. I potted it and placed it on my balcony that gets full sun but also gets lots of wind. Since then, all new flowers that grew are small and short. I have another lavender plant with the same problem. Some of the little flowers on the side didn't bloom all the way either. Almost like they are "stuck". Help!
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tarev
May 24, 2017 5:33 PM CST
How much full sun is it getting? It really likes a lot of it, like about 6 to 8 hours of full sun and prefers to be grown on the dry side.
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sallyg
May 24, 2017 5:49 PM CST
Spanish lavendar, right? with two kinds of flowers
http://www.americanmeadows.com...
as opposed to 'regular' lavendar
I haven't grown either in a long time and the problem isn't immediately obvious to me.
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Noodle
May 24, 2017 6:32 PM CST
I'm sorry. I should've added that the picture shows the size of the original flower that came with the plant. The other new flowers growing around it are smaller and shorter. Yes, it gets 6+ hours of sun.
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tarev
May 24, 2017 6:45 PM CST
Maybe you just need to give it more time to acclimate. What are the daytime temps like in your area right now?

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Noodle
May 24, 2017 7:16 PM CST
I added another close-up photo of the new flowers compared to the old one. I should've taken a better picture from the beginning. See how short it is?😭

@tarev, I have another lavender for a year already with same problem.

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Noodle
May 24, 2017 7:25 PM CST
I don't know if it's Spanish lavender but it's labeled "Laveanna" purple lavender. Sure looks like Spanish lavender though.

sallyg said: Spanish lavendar, right? with two kinds of flowers
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as opposed to 'regular' lavendar
I haven't grown either in a long time and the problem isn't immediately obvious to me.


Name: tarev
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tarev
May 24, 2017 8:13 PM CST
I wonder if it got overfertilized.

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Noodle
May 24, 2017 9:56 PM CST
I have not fertilized it and there are lots of new blooms. Thanks for taking the time to read and make suggestions. 😊
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sallyg
May 25, 2017 6:16 AM CST
thanks for taking the time to respond to the followup!
It's puzzling. I wonder if the nursery grower has ways of making the flowers bigger than 'natural'.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 25, 2017 8:56 AM CST
Maybe at the growers nursery, gibberelic acid was applied to it before to hasten flowering, and now the new growth is just using what it has naturally.
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Danita
May 25, 2017 9:11 AM CST
The parts that you are calling "flowers" are actually spikes containing many flowers with the bunny-ear-like sterile bracts at the top. The small, deep purple true flowers are part of the barrel-looking part of the spike. The new spikes will continue to get larger and get more deep purple true flowers with time. Everything looks perfectly normal. Green Grin!

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Noodle
May 25, 2017 10:35 AM CST
@Danita, thanks for the info! Patiently wait, I will.

@tarev, I hope you're right because it's sad when you expect fat juicy flowers and only get short stumpy ones. Maybe I'm doing everything right and this is their natural state like Danita stated. I stumbled on other forums asking why plants in nursery seem larger and better looking than when the plants are brought home. Some say it's due to the controlled and consistent environment.

Anyway, I will accept them as they are and be grateful that they are not diseased. 😀
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tarev
May 25, 2017 10:38 AM CST
Yes, give it time. Don't know what your temps are, but over here, I see them growing very nicely when we go into the 90F's, in full sun and enjoys our very dry and low humidity.

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