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Member since 29 Jul 2007
Member from Milford
I had a lovely lavendar plant bought at a market. I kept it in a pot until it outgrew that and was planted in the garden. It flowered constantly for years. When it got too large and gangly I removed it and nurtured a new self seeded one. This new plant has grown to a rather large bush over the past two years but only had a few flowers in spring and no more.Although it continues to flourish there's no sign of flowers. Can anyone tell me is this the norm for self seeded lavendar?
Member since 19 Dec 2006
Member from Hampden
Sorry I caint answer that question.
It is a pitty your orginal one died. You really do need to prune them by cutting them right back after they have flowered. Iffin you had done that the old one would not have grown too big and may actually be still going. So if you get another good one just remember to prune.
Member since 21 May 2006
Member from Northland Region
Yes I was going to suggest that perhaps you give it a good prune ..may be the solution
oh I will try pruning. It had just a few flowers so i thought I'd leave it alone. have given it a talking to as well. Told it it it's doesn't give me some flowers it'll have to leave my garden haha,
Thanks for your suggestions and I'll let you know what happens.
Member since 21 Jan 2009
Member from Styx
The nature of your new plant may depend upon which species it is. Do you know what lavender it is?
It needs a warm dry place to grow and settle down, Too much nutrients and water will make it grow green but not flower. Some light pruning to shape will help but it may be a bit late in the year now unless you are in a frost free zone.
Let it get dryish in mid late spring and do not feed it and see what happens
Oh now that makes sense. I think I looked after it too well over the summer. I's in a dry place but because it was so dry I gave it a good watering every so often. It really flourished as far as growth goes so I think I might get some flowers happening next summer. Thanks a lot for the suggestion.
Member since 10 Jun 2010
Member from Hamilton North
Hi, and don't forget your lavender prunings can be used to grow new plants, either for back up or for sharing with family and friends, etc. My very favourite variety is Grosso, from which the best oil is obtained, it is also great for making potpourri or lavender sachets.
Member since 28 Jul 2010
Member from Auckland
I have been drying Lavender, Statice and Strawflowers over the Summer but have always found the Lavender seems to fade in colour. Have made some nice arrangements with the other two as they seem to hold their colour. I do spray with hairspray when I've completed the arrangement, as advised.
Does anyone else dry flowers out there and have any suggestions on keeping more colour in the Lavender, or any other flowers hardy and suitable for drying.
Several years ago I went to a beautiful Lavender Farm in New Plymouth and brought a lovely bundle home. It did hold it's colour for sometime but eventually turned a greyish colour.
They also grew some of the white and pink Lavender but believe not as hardy as out Blues and Purples. Had a white one several years ago but didn't seem to live long.
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