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lydiaannlydiaann Posts: 291

I have been given a lovely standard lavender.  It's currently in a 7-inch pot, which I have put into an ornamental pot for the patio.  Unfortunately, it is extremely top-heavy, as it is full of good, healthy growth and many blooms which are just opening.  How big a pot can I realistically put it into, to give it more stability and thus put it on show without the fear of it toppling over at the slightest breeze.  Do they like their roots restricted?  As the regular plants are border plants, their roots can roam at will...is the standard any different?  I'm not intending to put it in a border as I don't have the right place for it (full sun for the most part of the day) right now.

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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Finding a good balance for your standard lavender would depend on the size of it's "head" and the height of it's "stem".

    A ceramic/terracotta pot will be heavier than plastic, a wide base will give more stability also.

    For a quick fix stick a brick in the bottom of your pot image

  • lydiaannlydiaann Posts: 291

    Thanks for the 2 replies, chaps and chapesses!  Doghouse:  mine is a 'standard' - i.e., a tree-shaped plant, and the 'trunk' is around 2 feet, so it is unstable in its pot right now (loved the pics, by the way, super garden!).  Kitty: I had thought of a ceramic/terracotta but do have a nice big plastic pot which I thought I'd use.  Now, having looked at it, you are right in that it needs a wide base. I think the base of mine is too narrow for the dimensions of the plant so I'll go to the garden centre (and pay a little more off their mortgage. As most gardeners will agree, the pot won't be the only thing that catches my eye...image

    Thanks again for the advice - I knew I could rely on GW people!  Enjoy the  sunshine!

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Nothing wrong with a plastic pot lidyaann. I have a 4ft standard bay in one, 50cm with a wide base. It's easier to move it around the patio and I put it in the greenhouse overwinter.

    Just don't forget the brick image

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