Dying Lavender - Please Help!!!

sorioldAugust 29, 2013


We planted approximately 20 lavender plants 2 months ago and everything looked great at frst. We are using a drip system and I have changed the drippers to 1 gallon emitters rathen than 2 gallons. Also, our soil is 70 sand and almost 30% clay. Slowly but surely it seems that all of the lavender are dying and I would REALLY appreciate any guidance some of you more experienced gardeners and lavender enthusiasts have.

Thank you very much for you help in advance and please see below for the damage.


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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

They are getting too much water.

Lavender likes a well drained, slightly raised bed. It grows nicely on stone and concrete walls, in poor alkaline soil. ALSO thrives best in full sun.

You mentioned " 1 gallon emitter". is that per plant ? How often ?

Even the water from sprinkler system is too much for lavenders. Then on top of that you have rain, plus run off water from the driveway !!!

This post was edited by seysonn on Fri, Aug 30, 13 at 7:02

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 6:52AM
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Well, I also don't quite understand the amount of water we are dealing with w.r. to these emitters, but would not conclude the problem is too much water without more info.. Lavender, it is true, is quite drought tolerant once established, but these are not, and I suspect the climate is quite arid, so we don't know how much rain there is...if any. Also, high summer planting is not optimal for planting--even lavender. Might correct itself with cooler, wetter weather in the Fall. Sorry can't help more.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 8:06AM
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How often, and for how long, are you watering the lavender. And does each plant have its own head?

How often and for how long are you watering the lawn?

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 1:19PM
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I had exactly the same problem with my lavender. Mine had root rot & from what I have learned it will go to all of your lavender. They said to throw the soil and plant away. It only affects lavender.
I noticed that when I planted the lavender that a lot of them didn't seem to have much of a root system, others did but looked dry, not sure that any were healthy. I bought them from some obscure nursery, learned my lesson.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 3:31AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I never-ever water my lavender. Grows well and never have had any rot. I have pretty much 100% heavy clay soil but I locate things like lavender in the best draining locations I have and it works.


    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 5:46PM
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The 70% sand sounds like a red flag to me - they like rock dust and/or clay. Hard soil is rich in nutrients, and it keeps the roots moist while the foliage receives full sun.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 10:00PM
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