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May 18, 2018 12:43 PM CST
Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a)
Hello,
I just picked up an English Lavender from Home Depot and was wondering if this is a good size pot to use?
Any tips/recommendations highly appreciated :)

Thanks.
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May 18, 2018 2:07 PM CST
Name: Jai or Jack
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The size is fine, and the color goes well with the flowers (in my opinion) but I would wonder about the material. Is it plastic?

In my climate, lavender needs a porous, clay, pot because it requires fast, thorough, drainage. But in many parts of California it very well may do fine in a plastic container. Just be sure to use very well-draining soil. The more flowers you harvest, the more it will produce.
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May 18, 2018 10:19 PM CST
Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a)
Thank you so much. I was reading that Lavender likes tight spaces so not sure if that size was good or the next size down. It is plastic but it does have 4 drainage holes, at Home Depot I did look for a clay pot such as the terra cotta pots but only found one hole in them.
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May 18, 2018 11:11 PM CST
UK
The single holes in terracotta pots tend to be larger than plastic pot ones, and water leaves the container by evaporation throughout the whole of the terracotta surface
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May 18, 2018 11:13 PM CST
Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a)
Is it better to get the single hole Terra cotta pots than the plastic one I have?
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May 18, 2018 11:22 PM CST
Name: Bea
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The terra-cotta pot will dry out faster and the plastic pot will not dry out as fast.
Either pot will do just fine. 1/2 strength fertilizer each watering and remove plant saucer and empty try not to allow the plant to sit in water.
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May 18, 2018 11:24 PM CST
Name: Sue Taylor
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I would use a size smaller. Make sure you use a well draining potting compost as well.
Terracotta may be better for Lavender.
Good luck with your plant anyway!
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May 18, 2018 11:28 PM CST
Name: Sue Taylor
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I wouldn't feed it every watering. Lavender is a tough Mediterranean plant and you want to encourage flowers and not lush growth.
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May 19, 2018 6:18 AM CST
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Motherofdragons said:I did look for a clay pot such as the terra cotta pots but only found one hole in them.


Terra cotta has millions of holes all throughout the structure of the pot. That's why they drain better, not just the bottom hole.
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May 19, 2018 8:46 AM CST
Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a)
Thanks everyone for tips and suggestions. I will look for a small terra cotta pot that will work.
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