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How long till I get my lavender hedge?

adamadamantadamadamant Posts: 202

I replaced some old tired lavender bushes with Lavandula Hidcote two summers ago.  I had a small hedge in a corner by a gate, and the old plants were a little too big for the spot and sprawled all over the path.  I replaced them with 4 Hidcote plants which were about 9-10 inches in height each.  Two seasons later and they are scarcely any bigger, nowhere near 'joining up'.  Is this variety particularly difficult or slow to grow?  This particular spot in the garaden has had lavender in it for the last fifteen years so I didnt imagine I would have a problem.   Many thanks if you have comments.

 

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  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    I wonder if the roots have even grown out yet?



    Might be worth taking one out, seeing if the roots are still confined to the shape they were in the pot

    If so, you could take them all out and replace half the soil with soil from another part of the garden.
  • adamadamantadamadamant Posts: 202

    Great, thank you both.  How quick you were.  I did dig over the area pretty well, but I didnt replace the soil or enrich it as I was always under the impression that lavender needed to be in quite poor soil to thrive.  I will do as you both say, checking the roots first.   Thank you!

  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    Its OK Verdun, my suggestion is pretty drastic- you'd need to be very fed up to do it

    Nonetheless, this corporation does not tolerate dissent, please forward me all your astilbe shoguns are compensation !

    ;-)
  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    unless they have the dreaded teabag around the roots, not always visible when planting as i discovered three years after no growth of my camelia, got fed up dug it up and it's roots were bound in the teabag like material image

  • RedwingRedwing SussexPosts: 1,242

    I am a great believer in mulching.  I would generously mulch with rotted manure or similar; something with some nutrients as the soil is likely to be a bit deficient as has been pointed out already.  Once mulched water it generously to wash in some nutrients. More will soak in over time.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • LandlubberLandlubber Posts: 396

    Is lavender better from seed or cuttings?image

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