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02/05/2013 at 16:45

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?

02/05/2013 at 17:38

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?

02/05/2013 at 20:37

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

03/05/2013 at 09:29


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? 


03/05/2013 at 10:29

Stand the pot in water for a couple of hours-the water will percolate through-then plant -then water round the soil again

03/05/2013 at 10:35

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

03/05/2013 at 13:21

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?

03/05/2013 at 13:50

That is fine-I expect it floated to start with?

03/05/2013 at 13:53

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.

03/05/2013 at 14:22

Well lavender is planted in the flower bed. fingers crossed! Thanks guys!

05/04/2016 at 15:48

help, my son brought me what i'd call a lavender tree (round shaped), I noticed it has all of sudden its started to wilt, I watered it whilst outside from top but not too much.

I took it out of the posh bucket it came in to check the roots which seem to be as ive learnt from here, pot bound.

all the new growth ws looking very healthy, I have now put it outside to see if sum more ight will help it.

what do you recommend? please don't say its too late  

05/04/2016 at 15:56

Soak it muma in a bucket the rootball is more than likely dry. These plants in the shops now are a pain, all raised either abroad or in heated, lit,greenhouses. I'd get a bigger pot as well something half an inch to an inch bigger and look to repot it with plenty of grit.

05/04/2016 at 16:24

.....and try to loosen a few of those roots or they will not grow into your new compost 

05/04/2016 at 18:12

hello, dave / Verdun,

thank you so much I have done just that I went a brought a bigger terra pot and soak the ball, loosen the roots then repoted and placed by the lounge window and she looks like that's where she likes to be, mm only problem will she droop again when I take her outside or should  do that now?


thank you

05/04/2016 at 19:07

Should be fine outside during the day now.  For a few nights ...say 4 or 5 ....bring indoors.  

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