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English Lavender help!

techskeltechskel Posts: 32
Hi guys, this is my first time posting. As always it’s with a problem.
I bought two English lavander for the front of my house, I usually have French but I lost them during the cold snap begging of the year. 
I read English was hardier so I decided to try it instead. 
Theyre both in full sun pretty much most of the day, both get treated the same. 
One has gone very very dry, is it past saving? Ive watered more, watered less.
Last week only half was dry but it pretty much all of it now.
Any suggestions or should I cut my loses? 
Pic of both my plants in their current state. 
Thanks. 
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,530
    I find English varieties do better in pots than the French - and of course the English varieties are far superior!!
    No 2 looks as if it may have had it. If you can see any little bits of green toward the base of any stems, cut back to there.
    I recall someone saying about lavender in pots - if the compost dries, it dies.
    I recall Monty saying some years ago they like a loamy compost, so I used JI2 and lots of extra grit
    Mine are baking in the sun and I water them morning and evening atm, but morning only is best if the weather allows
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Pic No 2 looks like death by drought I am afraid. I notice you do not stand your pots in saucers. It is very easy when watering a dry pot to think it is watered when the water runs out at the bottom. However, once compost has dried out it will need several hours of the pot standing in water for the compost to rehydrate. I would stand both pots in buckets with water above the soil level of the pots, leave over night. The next day, lift the pots out and leave until the water stops draining onto the ground.  Stand your containers in saucers and then resume a daily watering regime of plenty of water twice a day in this weather.

    Your containers are terracotta which dry out much more quickly than plastic ones.

  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653
    edited July 2018
    Providing you haven't overwatered, then it may be too dry. I have to water lavender in pots at this time of year too, just ensure there is good drainage and lots of grit. Where did you buy the plants? The first one is fine but the second may have needed to be soaked before planting as supermarket sold lavenders are always so so dry. 
  • techskeltechskel Posts: 32
    Thanks
    The worse the French ever did was flop but it came back with watering.
    I find the French smells stronger. 
    I’ll cut back the dry one & move it round the back. There goes the symmetry at the front door lol. 
    I’ll get a new English one if I can find one now, I’ll mix some grit in & get some JI2 in. 
    I love these plants, they seem to be my nemesis. 
  • techskeltechskel Posts: 32
    Mark I bought them both from my local garden centre. 
    Live made sure they’ve got good drainage at the base, only thing I’ve not done is mix in grit.  
  • techskeltechskel Posts: 32
    I’ve just tone & had a good look, there’s no green left it just all dry & brittle. 
    Is it worth leaving it for now for the bees, though if the plants dead the flowers won’t be too great I assume? 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,636
    You can just cut them now and shake them or strip the flower heads, they should come off easily. Place this into a small pot and keep them like Pot Purri around the house.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,530
    If the plant is dead there won't be any pollen.
    Regrettably you'll have to try and find a new one.
    A gritty compost and frequent watering in this weather and they should be fine
    good luck
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • techskeltechskel Posts: 32
    edited July 2018
    Great, thanks guys! 
    Now to try find a new one. Be a good excuse for a trip to the garden centre 😬

    Oh oh one last question, do you deadhead this lavender? 
  • techskeltechskel Posts: 32

    Pic No 2 looks like death by drought I am afraid. I notice you do not stand your pots in saucers. It is very easy when watering a dry pot to think it is watered when the water runs out at the bottom. However, once compost has dried out it will need several hours of the pot standing in water for the compost to rehydrate. I would stand both pots in buckets with water above the soil level of the pots, leave over night. The next day, lift the pots out and leave until the water stops draining onto the ground.  Stand your containers in saucers and then resume a daily watering regime of plenty of water twice a day in this weather.

    Your containers are terracotta which dry out much more quickly than plastic ones.

    Just seen this. Thanks for the advice! I was told they were fine when you see the water run out so that’s what I’ve been doing. 
    Pill get some saucers too! 
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