Lavender Shrinks – What To Do?

Actually, the lavender is considered quite easy to care for plant, after all, he again needs much fertilizer nor water or is particularly demanding as far as the soil is concerned. However, this is only half the truth, because with incorrect care measures and a too cold location, the lavender is quickly overwhelmed and dies. Here we name the main reasons why your plant does not want to thrive.

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Avoid wetness or excessive humidity at all costs

If your lavender plants are turning brown from the bottom up and drooping their leaves, then in most cases too much moisture is to blame. In this case, you should first dig up the affected plants or remove them from the pot and examine the roots. Wetness often causes the roots of lavender to rot and the plant to eventually die. If the rotting process has already begun, then cut away the affected root parts and pot the plant in fresh soil. However, be careful not to damage the taproot.

Pot lavender needs large pots

Pots that are too small can also cause the lavender to gradually die. Balcony boxes and similar. Containers are not suitable for the Mediterranean plants, because in particular the flat boxes store much too much water – it forms stagnant moisture, which in turn leads to root rot. Deep pots are also necessary for the reason that lavender develops quite long and branched roots.

Fertilize little and especially be stingy with nitrogen fertilizers

Especially if you combine lavender with more high-maintenance plants such as roses, it often dies due to overfertilization. Initially, overfertilized lavender “shoots up,” as the gardener says, which is usually due to too high a concentration of nitrogen in the fertilizer. After two, at the latest three years, the plants that seem to grow so well at the beginning simply die. Care should also be taken with natural fertilizers: Both manure and horn shavings are rich in nitrogen and should therefore only be used extremely sparingly

Tips & Tricks
Lavender needs a location that is as fully sunny as possible, where it is actually in the sun from all day. However, there are also some (few) varieties that can thrive in partial shade, including white lavender.

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