First timer here. Please help with my lavender(w/ pics)

mrslenne(9 PHX, AZ)June 9, 2013

Hi.
I just moved into an apartment in Phoenix, AZ when I decided to plant lavender. I did some research beforehand to find out they are a plant that thrives in crappy conditions, such as the ones here in Phoenix. I also realize it was a bit too late to be planting them but I thought it would be ok.

My backyard is full of rocks, dirt, gravel and when you dig deep it almost seems as if there's a layer of concrete (clay?)

It faces the south and in these months there is nothing but sun and heat back there with very little shade.

When my husband planted them (he was trying to surprise me), he planted them in the soil the plants were bought in, with some kind of Miracle Grow soil (even though I did tell him that lavender don't need or like rich soil).

I watered them there and then made sure to check the following day before I watered again (I stuck my finger in the dirt). However, they are looking even worse today and I am sad.

Is there anything I can do to fix this?

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Cenepk10(7B)

They look really thirsty. I have mine in 2 locales: 1: morning sun & afternoon shade. Doing very well- 2.the one in sandy soil & afternoon sun isn't thriving. Lavender for me has always been tricky - What you read about them & what they respond to are two different things. I'm in Ga- must be the humidity or something. But - my lavender in the richer soil with afternoon shade is in MUCH better shape.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 9:22PM
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Cenepk10(7B)

Being that close to the wall & mulched with stones can't be helping either. I think they have heat exhaustion.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 9:34PM
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mrslenne(9 PHX, AZ)

Ok so basically I need to move them? Won't that basically kill them anyway?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 12:55AM
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mrslenne(9 PHX, AZ)

Ok so basically I need to move them? Won't that basically kill them anyway?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 12:56AM
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Cenepk10(7B)

Not necessarily. I move things from time to time with great success. I moved an oak leaf hydrangea today that was in its spot 2 years & 8 " tall. It was taunting me. Don't fret ! Plants have a way of commicating when they aren't happy. You have to be brave and experiment a bit- You'll be rewarded ! Promise !

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 1:05AM
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mrslenne(9 PHX, AZ)

Great! Thanks for your help. I will be trying to move them then because they do look exhausted! Should I cut them as well? So they can focus on taking root. As you see the flower is wilted as well.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 1:09AM
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Cenepk10(7B)

Not sure... I usually cut only the dead away.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 8:57AM
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Cenepk10(7B)

Here's the lavender that gets the morning sun- You can still see a little dead from winter ..

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 9:12AM
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Cenepk10(7B)

This is the lavender in the sandy soil with hot afternoon sun. Keep in mind- we've had 10" of rain in the last 2 weeks - So it looks a lot better !

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 9:15AM
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lolauren(7a)

I have dozens of lavender plants in a hot, dry climate. They are all planted surrounded by rock mulch and/or near stucco walls in poor, sandy soil. Some get sun all day and some only get morning sun. Some I decide to water, but most survive on nothing for months at a time (once established.) They all thrive, so I don't think your location is the issue as much as your timing.... in the heat of late spring/summer, nothing wants to be planted. It's stressful. I would just leave them alone and see if they recover.

With that said, they do appear to be planted quite close to the fence... If that plant wants to grow a foot in each direction, you're going to have issues (unless they are further back than they appear.) How big is that bed and what type of lavender is it? It seems you only would need one centered in that area, but I don't grow that type of lavender. (don't think it's hardy here?)

Finally, is there any chance you are over watering?

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 7:13PM
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Cenepk10(7B)

Good point, Lolauren, about the variety- Some do better than others in a particular climate- Interesting ! In my hot site where the little lavender is dwarfed- I also have artemesia which is dwarfed. The Artemesia I have planted in dappled shade is enormous - But the rosemary, caryoteris , roses, lambs ears, spiderwort all do so well in the hell hot spot. So weird.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 12:16AM
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bluedesertflower(9)

I just bought a goodwin creek hybrid lavender yesterday and i transplanted it into a 8 inch ceramic pot today.i live in phoenix and i have read that lavender loves the sun so im wondering if i leave it in full sun all day will it be alright.az full sun is strong stuff..

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 6:07PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Full sun is fine once it's established. If it's new to your garden and you've just repotted it don't expose it to full sun for a few weeks. Also in a pot is will get much hotter and drier than in the ground. In ground cultivation is far easier. BTW an 8 inch pot is going to be too small in a while.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 4:40PM
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