Lavender is a beautiful, fragrant plant that can brighten up any room in your home. In fact, many people enjoy growing lavender in their gardens as it is known to be a very low-maintenance plant.
However, if it’s not watered correctly, it can quickly become wilted and lifeless. This blog post will discuss how to save overwatered lavender plants and revive them back to their former glory!
How to Save Overwatered Lavender?
There are four key steps to saving your overwatered lavender plant. Let’s go through each one so you can get your plant back to good health…
1) Stop watering immediately
The first step is to immeasurably stop watering your lavender plant. This will give the roots a chance to dry out and recover from any water damage that has been done. If you continue to water an overwatered plant, it will only compound the problem and make it more difficult to save.
2) Re-pot your lavender
If the soil around your lavender plant is soggy or waterlogged, it’s important to re-pot the plant into fresh, dry soil. This will give the roots a chance to breathe and dry out. Be sure to use a well-draining potting mix and avoid any that are heavy in clay.
The pot should have adequate drainage holes at the bottom so that water can easily escape. Adding sand and perlite is also a good idea as it will help with drainage and aeration.
3) Prune any roots that are rotten
Overwatering a lavender plant can lead to root rot, which can kill the plant. If you see any roots that are black or mushy, it’s important to prune them away. This will allow the healthy roots to take over and help the plant recover.
Use a pair of sharp, sterilized scissors or pruning shears to remove any rotten roots. Be sure to dispose of them properly so that they don’t spread the rot to other plants.
4) Set up a watering schedule
Once your lavender plant has recovered from being overwatered, it’s important to set up a watering schedule. This will ensure that the plant gets the correct amount of water and doesn’t become overwatered again.
Water your lavender plant once a week, allowing the soil to dry out in between waterings. You could even use a moisture meter to help you gauge when the plant needs water.
What Does Overwatered Lavender Look Like?
Overwatered lavender plants will typically have wilted, yellow, or brown leaves. The leaves may also be drooping or falling off the plant. The stems may be soft and spongy to the touch.
If the lavender has been overwatered for too long, the roots may be black, mushy, and rotten. The plant may also be starting to produce mold or mildew.
If you see any of these signs, it’s important to take action immediately and follow the steps above. With a little care and attention, you can save your overwatered lavender plant!
How Much Water Do Lavender Plants Need?
I recommend giving water to your lavender plants every week. However, you should always check the soil before watering to make sure that it’s dry. If the soil is still moist, wait another day or two before watering.
Lavender is a drought-tolerant plant, so it doesn’t need a lot of water to survive. In fact, overwatering is one of the most common problems that people have with lavender plants.
Do you own any succulents? Then you might be familiar with the “soak and dry” method of watering. This involves giving the plant a deep watering, then allowing the soil to completely dry out before watering again.
This method is perfect for lavender plants as they don’t like to sit in moist soil. It’s also a good idea to water in the morning so that the plant has time to dry out before nightfall.
Lavender Care Tips
Temperature: Lavenders like the same temperatures that most other plants do – in the range of 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Light: Lavender requires full sunlight or at least six hours a day of sun exposure. If planted outside, they should be placed in an area with some shade in the afternoon.
Soil preference: Succulent mix is best for lavender because it drains well and has the ability to hold a bit of moisture.
Watering: Lavenders like one inch per week, or seven inches total over time. They should never be watered too much or not at all!
Humidity: Lavenders do best in a dry climate, so if you live somewhere that is humid year-round – heavy soil or clay will only make things worse!
Fertilizing: Lavender plants prefer slow-release fertilizer mixed into the potting mix. Inorganic fertilizers should be avoided because they do not break down easily and can lead to salt build-up in the soil.
Insects and diseases: Lavenders are susceptible to insect infestations like aphids, spider mites, powdery mildew, or fungal infections! If you notice any of these problems on your plants – consult a professional on how best to combat them.
In conclusion, if you have an overwatered lavender plant, don’t despair! There are four steps that you can follow to save your plant.
First, stop watering immediately. Second, re-pot the lavender into fresh, dry soil. Third, prune any roots that are rotten. Fourth, set up a watering schedule.
With a little care and attention, you can revive your overwatered lavender plant. However, if the stems are soft and spongy or the roots are black and mushy, it’s possible that the plant has been overwatered for too long and may not be able to be saved.
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.