Which sort of lavender to plant?

boblaluxJune 30, 2013

Which lavender sort should I plant ?

For 10 years, we lived in the Midi of France, and planted Lavendula Angustifolia with success. Each year, using a copper alembic I distilled the oils from the blossoms (ca 1 L per year). No problems, and the plants thrived even in very dry periods, requiring absolutely no irrigation (as opposed to the olive trees).
We then moved to Burgundy, where I have continued planting/distilling, but the plants are not so happy. After the second year, we are still harvesting the blossom, but the centres of the plants are black. Too much rain and humidity, I think, although the sandy soil drains well.
We are now moving to the Alsace, which I suppose, has the same sort of humidity as here in the Burgundy.
Question: which sort of lavender should I plant, which best copes with the sort of rain/humidity to be expected in the Alsace?

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balloonflower(5b Denver CO, HZ 5-6, Sunset 2b)

I am nowhere close to your type of climate (very dry here). It does sound like the blackening is a signal of root rot, so your soil is not draining as well as it could. Here, the soil tends toward clay, so even if you do major amendments to the top layer where you plant, water can still hit a clay layer about 2 ft down and still drown the plant.

You could try pruning the bases of your plants a bit more to allow for better airflow, allowing them to be a little more topiary like. Also, depending on how many plants, could look at raised beds that would allow for better drainage and airflow as well.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 2:12PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I cannot comment on French climate and growing conditions but I have lots of moisture and cold in my region which is western New York State (USA). I grow English lavender varieties like "Munstead" with good success. A variety like that may do better for you.


    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 2:16PM
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I am also interested in growing lavender in a humid climate : Tennessee, not as humid as Georgia, Atlanta, but still.
English lavender would probably work well, since England climate is very humid compared to that of Provence. I envy you Boblalux, I grew up a few miles from Avignon, my sister still lives in Beaune, the heart of Burgundy country. I so miss the gardens of france

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 9:03AM
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