Lavender Root Rot

Lavender root rot happens when lavender doesn't have good drainage. Lavender thrives in sandy soil.

If you have poor drainage you may see your lavender plant start to have yellow or brown leaves. The plant may be stunted and look wilted. The first impulse of a gardener when we see a wilted plant is to water it. This will only make the lavender root rot develop faster.

The roots are dark brown or black, and may feel soft, mushy, or wet. There may be a slightly foul odor.

Root rot is a common soil borne disease that is caused by a fungus in moist soil.

The solution : Remove and destroy the infected plant and the surrounding soil. Prepare the soil so it has good drainage. Mix sand and round 1/2 inch stones in your soil. Mound or raise the soil so the plant is elevated. This will increase the drainage. Keep mulch away from the base of the plant so it won't keep the soil wet. Be careful when you are digging around the plant so you don't damage the roots.

When planting lavender in the spring, make sure the soil is warm.

Lavender grows in the mountains, and are very hardy plants. They just don't like to have wet feet. Smart little plants, aren't they? I hate wet feet too.

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