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Hi My 48 free lavender


plugs have arrived this morning. Is it ok to plant them straight out or should I pot them up first and if so for how long?


  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Pot them up first but only into small pots, I used small modules when I got some. Mix grit into your compost, I used john innes no.2

  • Thanks! I have potted them up into 9cm pots and given them a water. They all look very happy and smell gorgeous image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Half of mine have died...just to warn you, it might of course be my fault but my perennials were fine image

  • Two look like they've croaked over night. The rest especially the Hindcote look healthy

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    OL I've had a couple die but they weren't in the best of shape when thry arrived. The rest seem fine however.

  • MrsT 12MrsT 12 Posts: 77

    Hi, I am relatively new to gardening and indeed it has been a tremendous help to me.

    I bought the 48 Lavender offer after seeing it in the Gardeners World magazine. When they arrived the plugs were absolutely soaking wet so I potted them on straight away, about half of them died the next day - the pinks & whites. Hidcote seem to be doing ok. I have noticed a trend from JD Parkers though, everytime I have purchased plugs/bare roots from them, approx half die! 

    However, if 24 lavenders survive, I suppose it's still a good deal for under £6.

  • Jinky01Jinky01 Posts: 1

    Hi, first time on this site and the question I have is that bought lavender plugs roughly 5 years ago and they are established plants now, but I have never cut them back in all this time.They have got very straggly and woody at the bottom and now cover my path, should I cut them back hard and if so when should I do this? Many thanks for any advice.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,360

    I don't think they like being cut back to old wood.

    But maybe that's another old gardening myth, I've never tried it

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I tried digging up a burying a straggly one deeper ins spring, thought it was worth a trial and it worked all the new growth is bushy out. They really don't like being cut back hard.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I notice in 'municipal' planting that they cut their lavender back at the sides to free up the paths, but never into old wood. Keep some green leaves on the cut pieces. I had to do this when I had lavender bordering the pavement. I read (in a Dickens novel I think) that commercial growers replace their plants every 5 or 6 years. Whether this is still true, I don't knowimage

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