lavenders

If you have never dealt with lavenders before, then they can be a very tricky thing to keep alive. For those who are new to the art of dealing with lavenders, it is common to find them dead through very little action on your own part. With that in mind, you might want to look into some of the following tips. These tips should make sure that when push comes to shove that your lavenders are not going to die on their own.

Try and keep the following tips in mind as you work with your lavenders, and you should have more luck with them. Lavenders do tend to die quite easily if you miss even a few key parts of their care. With the below tips, though, making sure they stay alive should be much easier than it was before reading this.

Get the water levels right

One of the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to their lavender plants is with water. The quantity that you can use when watering a lavender plant does seem to be hard to gauge. Most of the time, though, your plants will be dying due to having an excess of water.

So, these tend to thrive when they are in a dry, summery climate. Try to keep that in mind as lavenders are drought-tolerant. As such, giving them too much water can do more harm than good.

They should be rooted in dry soil that is able to quickly the water and ensures that as little moisture as possible is kept. Too much water will lead to root rot and thus turn your plants into wilted, miscoloured foliage. For newly planted lavenders, watering them once per week for the first four weeks is more than enough.

Then, try and focus on around once every two weeks for periods of little rainfall for the first two or more years. After two years, you shouldn’t need to water your lavenders if you have seen any meaningful amounts of rainfall. Otherwise, during hot and dry spells, once every two weeks should be enough. During the winter, once per month is ample if they are indoors. If they are outdoors, they should not need to be watered at all.

Get enough sunlight

As mentioned above, the lavender plant is one that thrives in a dry, summery climate. As such, they need a lot of sunlight. Lavenders likely need as much as 6 hours of direct sunlight each day during spring and summer. If they receive less than that, you are probably looking at plants that will be lacking in scent, colour, and vibrancy – eventually, they will even die.

So, you should try and make sure that your lavender plant is potted in a location where it receives the 6 hours that we recommend above.

Finding the right acidity

Another key aspect of your lavender plants is their soil acidity. If you want to help make sure that your plants can grow to their fullest, you want to get a neutral pH mix – so a pH of 7. Any soil that is more acidic than pH 6.5, though, is likely to bring your growth to a halt and could eventually even kill off the lavender plant entirely.

You should be looking for chalk soil that is not only an alkaline base but it is also a great solution for keeping the drainage as strong as it should be. Anything less than 6.5 should be adjusted by repotting your lavender into a 70/30 mixture of potting soil and sand.

Excess humidity

Lastly, you should focus heavily on the humidity levels that your plant gets to exist within. This matters a great deal purely because excessive humidity can lead to problems with their growth and their potency. You should make sure that you have provided as much as 3ft of clear space from any other vegetation in your garden as a starting point. Give your lavender ample space to let it breathe properly.

You could also find that simply using some white stones around the plant, much like you would use mulch, can be a good way to get rid of the humidity. Other than that, focus on making sure that the soil is draining, that the watering is kept to the levels suggested above, and that your lavender plant is in an exposed location with plenty of airflow and sunlight.

Stick to these solutions, and you should find it much easier to make sure that your lavender plants not only avoid dying but can thrive!