Can you save wilted lavender?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

It is possible to save wilted lavender if the issue is related to overwatering or poor drainage. Wilted lavender is typically a sign of root rot, which occurs when the roots are constantly sitting in wet soil. This can be caused by excessive watering or soil that does not drain well.

To save wilted lavender, the first step is to assess the watering habits. Lavender plants thrive in dry and well-drained soil, so it’s important to cut back on watering. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent the roots from becoming waterlogged. It’s better to underwater lavender than to overwater it.

If the wilted appearance persists despite adjusting the watering schedule, it might be necessary to replant the lavender in soil that has been amended with sand or grit. These amendments help to improve drainage by creating air pockets in the soil, allowing excess water to drain away more efficiently.

To replant the lavender, start by selecting a well-draining pot or finding a suitable location in your garden with well-drained soil. Dig a hole that is slightly wider and deeper than the plant’s root ball. Mix sand or grit into the soil at a ratio of approximately 1:1, ensuring that it is evenly distributed.

Carefully remove the wilted lavender from its current container or location, being mindful not to damage the roots. Place the plant in the prepared hole, ensuring that it sits at the same depth as it was before. Backfill the hole with the amended soil, gently firming it around the roots.

After replanting, water the lavender lightly to settle the soil and remove any air pockets. From then on, water the plant sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. It’s important to strike a balance between providing enough moisture to prevent the plant from wilting and avoiding excessive watering that can lead to root rot.

In addition to adjusting watering practices and improving drainage, it’s also important to consider other factors that could be contributing to the wilted appearance of lavender. Ensure that the plant is receiving adequate sunlight, as lavender requires full sun to thrive. Also, check for any signs of pests or diseases, as these can also affect the health of the plant.

Wilted lavender can be saved by adjusting watering habits, providing well-drained soil, and ensuring optimal growing conditions. By cutting back on watering and replanting in soil amended with sand or grit, you can help the roots remain relatively dry and prevent root rot.