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I bought a pot of flowering lavender from tescos 5 days ago. For 3 days I had it on the kitchen window sill thinking it might be too cold outside for it. It started wilting so as it was warmer outside I put it in the garden (still in its pot). It's been out for 2 days on glorious sun but its sill wilting. Any ideas how I gran get it back to its former lovely self?
It is a hardy plant-does not need to be kept indoors-but outside-what size pot is it in?
My guess it is pot bound and dry-tip it out of the pot -what are the roots like?
I would say the same, a lot of the plants that you buy from supermarkets etc tend to be pot bound and not watered enough. It is a hardy plant so you could plant it straight out. I'd pot it on, give it a good drink and then plant it out when it's recovered
So this is this morning. So you advise to plant out now? I have a flower bed ready for it. As I am new to this. Do I water the plant or flower bed soil first or water once its planted?
Stand the pot in water for a couple of hours-the water will percolate through-then plant -then water round the soil again
When a pot gets really full of roots it's hard to get enough water to them unless you stand them in water as LG suggests. I'd pull the roots about a bit to get them out of the spiral of pot life, dig the hole, put it in then pour at least half a can of water round it before back filling then water the surface after. OTT? maybe, but I don't lose many plants to dehydration
Ok the pot is now standing in water. I've filled the bucket up to just over the brim if the lavender pot. Is this right?
That is fine-I expect it floated to start with?
Amy, let it soak for half an hour then plant it out. Be very careful with teasing out the roots. Lavender doesn't like having its roots disturbed. It needs to go into very well-drained soil with no chance of the roots becoming waterlogged. If need be, mix some grit into the soil to help drainage. Beyond that, don't overwater it. Lavender thrives in dry conditions.
Well lavender is planted in the flower bed. fingers crossed! Thanks guys!