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Hi all - I bought a small lavender plant 2 weeks ago and have realised it was pot bound so I've repotted it into s larger one. I watered it in but I'm wondering if it's too wet as it's drooping all over. I've kept it indoors out of drafts and out of full sun but it's getting worse! I was going to put it outside but its frosty still so I didn't. Any ideas if it is beyond help now and should I put it outside? Thanks everyone.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,025

    This may sound daft but it looks like it desperately needs water. The root ball may be dry even if surrounded by damp compost, especially if it was pot bound before you potted on. Try plunging the whole lot into a bucket of water and stand it in the shade outside.  Let it soak for  couple of hours and then drain completely.

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  • Jan H11Jan H11 Posts: 47

    Hi Fidgetbones

    Thank you for your reply.  I will try that, I did soak it in the sink when I originally noticed it wilting and then watered it again once I'd re-potted it as it was wilting more! Fingers crossed that is what it needs then, more water!  I'll let you know how it goes.image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 68,170

    I would give it a good soak as Fidget suggests, but then let it drain and don't water again until the soil, when you press your finger into the pot up to your first knuckle,  feels dry.

    Fingers crossed it makes it image

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    might be worth unpotting it and loosening up the pot bound rootball if you didn't do that before.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 68,170
    nutcutlet says:

    might be worth unpotting it and loosening up the pot bound rootball if you didn't do that before.

    See original post

     ... and at the same time check for the dreaded vine weevil grubs image

    If it's of any help, I find lavender in containers does best with loambased compost with a generous addition of horticultural grit.  

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Oh god yes, the vine weevil grub. Plants can be fine one minute, then literally keel over the next image

  • Jan H11Jan H11 Posts: 47

    Blimey!  Sound more of a nightmare (possibly) than I thought!  And there I was thinking my mum's ancient lavender plants looked like nothing short of a nuclear bomb would affect them!

    OK, thank you for all of the above advice.......I'll investigate when I get home from work.....if it's not too late!image

  • Grubs look like this and are pretty foul!

    About 1cm long, creamy, with a darker head.

    I stuck mine in a dish and let the blackbirds have a treat, whenever I found them. 

    There may be eggs laid by the adult beetles, in the soil, that you can't see...so if you do find a grub then it's best to chuck the soil out, wash the root ball and replant in fresh soil (as Dove said above!)

    Good luck image

    Last edited: 26 April 2017 10:12:27

  • Duh, would help if I actually attached the photo, wouldn't it...

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  • Jan H11Jan H11 Posts: 47

    Well folks......I tried all of the above advice and sadly it was to no avail!image I think it had given up before I'd managed to intervene! That's reall knocked my confidence now...however, I won't give up - hopefully the lesson learned is to be careful when buying a plant from a supermarket!! Thank you everyone for trying.

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