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 Post subject: Lavender killer!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 7:25 pm 
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I have tried every Lavandula I can find at the BB stores and I can't seem to get them to even start growing for me. What am I doing wrong? I live in Tucson Arizona and it's very hot right now but I've tried them at all time of the year and have no success at all.
I can grow all kinds of C&S but the Lavandula requirements
don't work for me. I plant them in the ground, somewhat alkaline, good drainage and plenty of sun. I can't believe they won't grow for me.
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Hmmm, that's strange. They grow fine in our acidic soil, even with all the rain we get. Maybe they like more acidity. Have you tried growing one in a container?


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 Post subject: NOPE
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luv2,
Nope--haven't tried a container yet-perhaps when I get up enough nerve to buy another one.
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Worth trying in a pot so at least you will know if it is your soil or not, but they grow huge root systems so give it some room especially if you plan to move it to the ground afterwards. It grows very well on my alkaline soil.

Which types have you tried? Some are not very cold hardy, some are not very good in your type of heat, but most should be fine with both.


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 Post subject: soil
PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 3:35 pm 
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Shrubs,
I can't remember all the ones I've tried but they were all tagged as full sun lovers.
Alkaline soil in the UK. Hmm I never thought you would have any alkalinity on your beautiful isle. I'd have guessed all acidy. :?
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ed,
many of the plants brought in by nurseries are grown in california or elsewhere (i.e. NOT desert). when the tag says "full sun" or "sun loving" etc. they're not really accounting for the searing heat of the arizona sun. if putting them in the ground, i would plant in the fall to give plants time to establish themselves (october), and spare most plants the afternoon blasting. one thing that sucks is that some plants are only offered in the summer time (when you shouldn't be planting anything but the hardiest C&S) and you have to keep them under your porch and water them til the fall comes and you can do something with them!

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Much of northern England is limestone, much of southern England is chalk, so there is plenty of opportunity for alkaline soils. Also plenty of opportunity for acid soils where peat overlies the limestone or where deeper loams have not been mixed with the chalk.


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 Post subject: Thanks
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Thanks Ming and Shrubs--great info.
Ming,
Did you get any of that rain(and wind- whew!) last night? We got a pretty fir amount---didn't need to water the plants this morning!!!
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 Post subject: establishing plants
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I put a lawn chair to the south of plants when I put them in full sun locations, this gives them a little afternoon shade to get established. I withdraw the chair slowly over a week or two until they're in full sun, and move it closer if they show signs of distress.


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 Post subject: great hint
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:08 pm 
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promethean,
Great tip. I have a patio table(that my wife would like to see empty some day---no way) and I start the plants at the most shaded side and work them to the side that gets about 50-70% sun and watch for sunburn. I've toughened up many Gymnos like this and judging by all the blooms they really enjoy the sun. I have several that refused to toughen up and got a little burned but I caught them in time and they are back on the light shade rack.
This time of year we don't need to concern ourselves with the south because the sun is close to directly overhead. It's the afternoon blaze from the west that does a lot of damage.
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