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Lavender help.... again.

techskeltechskel Posts: 32
I bought some French Lavender last weekend and it just stays wilted. None of the ones I've bought in previous years have done this. I've never had much luck with French Lavender & I had plans to over winter these in the house. 

It was upright when I left the shop.
I've watered it, let it soak in a tub, not watered it, put it in the sun, put it in the shade. 
It's potted in a 50/50 compost to grit mix & it will perks up very occasionally over night but wilts again by the time I've gotten home.from work  

My English lavender old & new on the other hand are doing great!

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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,482
    What do the roots look like? Too one out a d have a look. I suspect there's some going on underground.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,638
    The plants have been grown in warm conditions to bring them so forward. Remember it is only the end of April, most Lavenders are just bushing out right now.

    If you just leave them outside at night I suspect they’re struggling to adapt to ‘normal’ conditions. There is a possibility they may not recover. Allow them another week. If so prune out the flowers to see how they do afterwards.

    Keep them against a south wall or inside a greenhouse or grow house at night and bring them outside during the daytime for around a week so they get acclimatised. 
  • techskeltechskel Posts: 32
    The roots looked good when I planted them, but I will have another look at them. 

    Borderline that actually makes sense as I picked these from the back of a packed shady shelf. 
    I’ll pop them in my little green house with the other plants I’m hardening off.
    I just assumed they were good to go but thinking about it I usually buy my lavenders end of May. 
    Reading that back it seems obvious now, lesson learned. 
    Thanks guys.  :)
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,482
    If they looked ok,don't disturb them. Border!ine probably has the answer😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 993
    edited April 2019
    My advice is stick them in the ground if you can, get far more bang for your buck that way.

    See my thread here-

    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1020725/potted-french-lavender-not-growing-well/p1
  • techskeltechskel Posts: 32
    edited April 2019
    My advice is stick them in the ground if you can, get far more bang for your buck that way.

    See my thread here-

    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1020725/potted-french-lavender-not-growing-well/p1
    I’d love to but my garden is built up & paved due to an underground beck. It limits me massively. 
    This could be why I just don’t succeed with French Lavender. Maybe a larger pot would be better, these go buy my front door as it’s a sunny exposed area. 
    Or maybe I cut my losses & admit that I can’t keep French, well at least till I get some large raised beds done.  :)

    just read your link Harry & I think I’ll have to treat them as an annual too as I like the repeat flowering (if you can get them to) as opposed to my English that seems to flower once. 

  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 993
    edited April 2019
    techskel said:
    My advice is stick them in the ground if you can, get far more bang for your buck that way.

    See my thread here-

    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1020725/potted-french-lavender-not-growing-well/p1
    I’d love to but my garden is built up & paved due to an underground beck. It limits me massively. 
    This could be why I just don’t succeed with French Lavender. Maybe a larger pot would be better, these go buy my front door as it’s a sunny exposed area. 
    Or maybe I cut my losses & admit that I can’t keep French, well at least till I get some large raised beds done.  :)

    just read your link Harry & I think I’ll have to treat them as an annual too as I like the repeat flowering (if you can get them to) as opposed to my English that seems to flower once. 

    Yeah, I've always liked English too but didn't realise until last year the flowering period isn't actually that long.

    That French one I put in the ground had flowers on it from April/May through to October. Bees must have been over the moon.

    FYI it was called Butterfly Giant Summer. I've seen it in B&Q and Dobbies only.

    If you're restricted to pots could you bring them inside somewhere over winter? I put the potted one in the shed but it still managed to look like it had been left outside during the beast from the east. It was a write-off.

    Will need to take cuttings this year, the hardest thing is finding a non-flowering stem!
  • techskeltechskel Posts: 32
    edited April 2019
    I bought these from Homebase I usually do B&Q or the local garden centre. B&Q had the 20% off on & the lavender had been cleared out, but I did get trailing petunias which I missed last year. 

    Ive popped these in with my tomato plants & petunia seedlings. Hopefully they’ll recover, if they do I will definitely be bringing them indoors for winter. I tried in my little green house last winter but much like you, they didn’t survive. 
    I love lavender, I’ve got 8 English & the 2 French this year. 

  • Jess is in the GardenJess is in the Garden Posts: 1,022
    edited April 2019
    Have a read of this, if you've got a minute:
    https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-grow-lavender/

    I planted up some lavender and rosemary in a large tub, following Monty's advice to the letter (literally half the tub was filled with crocks and stones before I'd even put any soil in) and then placed in a sunny spot (the only south bit in my old garden!) against a warm brick wall and surrounded by other pots so that they had some shelter over winter too. Lavenders hate being damp and cold.
  • techskeltechskel Posts: 32
    Have a read of this, if you've got a minute:
    https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-grow-lavender/

    I planted up some lavender and rosemary in a large tub, following Monty's advice to the letter (literally half the tub was filled with crocks and stones before I'd even put any soil in) and then placed in a sunny spot (the only south bit in my old garden!) against a warm brick wall and surrounded by other pots so that they had some shelter over winter too. Lavenders hate being damp and cold.
    I’ll have a look at this, thanks. It seems Lavender is my nemesis. 
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