Return to the Herbs Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
lavender plant death

Posted by novice_2009 zone 6 (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 3, 09 at 17:27

I bought French lavender from nursery, too cold to put out now. It's not rootbound in plastic pot. Looked and smelled great. Had it around growlite, so it was getting plenty.
One morning, I woke up to find it wilted! The temp in the house got down to about 62 degrees F that night. I turned up heat in house, checked it, gave it a little water.
Nothing. It's not recovering!!! Please help, don't want to lose my lavender plant.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: lavender plant death

If you allowed the potting mix to dry out completely 'a little water' may not have been enough. Potting mixes become water-repellent when allowed to dry out completely, making the moisture unavailable to the plant's roots.

Fill a bucket with water, and immerse your plant, pot and all, into it until all air bubbles cease. Drain well. Hopefully this rehydration of the soil will bring your plant back to life. If you haven't left it too late.

Despite what the books tell you, lavender can take quite a lot of water, as long as it is very well drained. It's not until it become fully mature that it can cope with long periods of drought. It won't tolerate constantly wet feet at any time.

Is your plant getting any natural sunlight - not filtered sunlight through glass, but the Real Thing? That will help.


 o
RE: lavender plant death

Lavenders can tolerate cold and frost.
I don't know if French variety is any diiferen though.
I bought one last December from nursery too and planted it right in the garden then. After that we've had snow, cold and temps down to teens and my laveder is doing great. Of course I am in zone 8. But in zone 6 in April should be much warmer than in December in zone 8.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Herbs Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here