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Please Tell Me English Lavender Will Bloom in Coastal Carolina !

Posted by midnightstorm Zone 8a - Carolina (My Page) on
Sun, May 7, 06 at 19:37

I have bought some Munstead Dwarf and Lady English Lavender plants. I followed all tips for growing lavender in humid climates (sunny spot, sandy/alkaline soil with gravel underneath to help drainage, light-colered pea grave mulch, plants spaced far apart and mounded).

After all that work, I just now came across a short article, written by someone who OWNS a lavender farm, that says that even if English Lavender makes it through the humid months of our southeastern summer, it may not bloom again next year. Their theory was that lavender may need cold winter temperatures in order to bloom.

Is this true? Does English lavender have to be grown like an annual in our area? Or have any of you had your English Lavender re-bloom? And, if so, do you have any tips for me as a first time lavender grower? Any specific kinds do better than others?

Thanks for your help :-)

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RE: Please Tell Me English Lavender Will Bloom in Coastal Caroli

Here is some information that might be of interest to you. BTW, problems with heat and humidity are a primary problem with growing lavender in the warmer parts of the south.

'Pete's Herbs' is on John's Island (SC).

Here is a link that might be useful: heat loving lavender information

RE: Please Tell Me English Lavender Will Bloom in Coastal Caroli

I was aware that humidity was a real problem in my area when trying to grow English Lavender but I hadn't heard the theory that lavender plants need a little bit of cold temps to bloom. I don't know if that's true or not. I'll check out the link right now.


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