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Name: Brooke Evans
Brisbane, Queensland
Dec 30, 2017 1:06 AM CST
Hi Everyone,

I need some urgent assistance with my lavender plant. I usually give the plant a thorough watering once per week and place it in a full to partial sunlight position. However, after going away for a week on holiday, I returned to find my healthy lavender plant brown and wilted with only few promising green shoots up the top.

To attempt to remedy the problem, I have given the plant a thorough watering with water and worm tonic (from my compost) and brought the plant inside where it is cool. I am new to Lavender care and any advice on how to help my plant and care for it in the future would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!

- Brooke

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Dec 31, 2017 10:54 AM CST
They are drought tolerant, butt with so many plants, I'm pretty sure there root bound so tight, that root ball can't absorb water. Soak whole pot in water for 20 minutes. Then, pull apart individual plants apart. Repot , one plant in about a 4 inch pot, to start with. Use, well draining fresh soil. Others, you can plant in yard, or pot up to give away.👍😀!!!
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Name: Trish
North Yorkshire
Region: United Kingdom Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Cottage Gardener Birds
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Dec 31, 2017 12:26 PM CST
Lavender requires very good drainage, does your pot have holes in the base to drain off excess moisture? You may have overwatered it.
They like a hot, sunny position in poor, free draining soil, feeding may cause soft growth which is more liable to rot off in the wrong conditions.
I would suggest you tip your plant out of it's container and remove all the dead/dying foliage and , as Philip suggests, split the plant into smaller, healthy pieces and re-pot into a 2:1 loam compost:sharp grit mixture. Avoid overwatering.
Plenty of good light too.
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