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How to Care for English Lavender

The english lavender is a common flowering plant originally native to the Mediterranean region. Today, it is often used in scented products such as candles, oils, perfumes, soaps, and house sprays. The scent also has a deterrent effect against clothing moths.
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How to Water English lavender?

English lavender should be watered two times a week while it is establishing. After that, reduce the watering to once in every 2-3 weeks. When the plants start to bloom, water two times a week to stimulate blooming. Remember that excellent drainage is very important for these plants, and damp soil can provide favorable conditions for various diseases.
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What is the best way to water my English lavender?
When watering the English lavender, you should aim to use filtered water that is at room temperature. Filtered water is better for this plant, as tap water can contain particles that are harmful to its health. The reason that the water should be at room temperature or slightly warmer is that the English lavender comes from a warm environment, and cold water can be somewhat of a shock to its system. Also, you should avoid overhead watering for this plant, as it can cause foliage complications. Instead, simply apply your filtered room temperature water to the soil until the soil is entirely soaked. Soaking the soil can be very beneficial for this plant as it moistens the roots and helps them continue to spread through the soil and collect the nutrients they need.
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What should I do if I water my English lavender too much or too little?
Both overwatering and underwatering will be detrimental to the health of your English lavender, but overwatering is a far more common issue. When this species receives too much water, its stems and leaves may begin to wilt and turn from green to yellow. Overwatering over a prolonged period may also lead to diseases such as root rot, mold, and mildew, all of which can kill your plant. Underwatering is far less common for the English lavender, as this plant has decent drought tolerance. However, underwatering remains a possibility, and when it occurs, you can expect to find that the leaves of your English lavender have become brittle and brown.
It is crucial that you notice the signs of overwatering as soon as possible when caring for your English lavender. Some of the diseases that arise from overwatering, such as root rot, may not be correctable if you wait too long. If you see early signs of overwatering, you should reduce your watering schedule immediately. You may also want to assess the quality of soil in which your English lavender grows. If you find that the soil drains very poorly, you should replace it immediately with a loose, well-draining potting mix. On the other hand, if you find signs that your English lavender is receiving too little water, all you need to do is water more regularly until those signs have subsided.
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How often should I water my English lavender?
If your plant is in a pot. The most precise way to decide whether your English lavender needs water is to plunge your finger into the soil. If you notice that the first two to three inches of soil have become dry, it is time to add some water.
If you grow your English lavender outdoors in the ground, you can use a similar method to test the soil. Again, when you find that the first few inches of soil have dried out, it is time to add water. During the spring and early fall, this method will often lead you to water this plant about once every week. When extremely hot weather arrives, you may need to increase your watering frequency to about twice or more per week. With that said, mature, well-established the English lavender can show an admirable ability to withstand drought.
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How much water does my English lavender need?
When it comes time to water your English lavender, you should not be shy about how much water you give. With the first two to three inches of soil dry, this plant will appreciate a long and thorough watering. Supply enough water to soak the soil entirely. The amount of water you add should be enough to cause excess water to flow through the drainage holes at the bottom of your pot. If you don’t see excess water draining from the pot, you have likely underwatered your plant. But do not let the water accumulate inside the soil, which will be very dangerous to the plant as well. Alternatively, a lack of water draining through the pot could indicate poorly draining soils, which is detrimental to the health of this plant and should be avoided. If the plant is outside, 1 inch of rain per week will be sufficient.
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How should I water my English lavender at different growth stages?
The water needs of the English lavender can change depending on growth stages as well. For example, when your English lavender is in the first few years of its life, or if you have just transplanted it to a new growing location, you will need to give more water than usual. During both of those stages, your English lavender will put a lot of energy towards sprouting new roots that will then support future growth. For those roots to perform their best, they need a bit more moisture than they would at a more mature phase. After a few seasons, your English lavender will need much less water. Another growth stage in which this plant may need more water is during the bloom period. Flower development can make use of a significant amount of moisture, which is why you might need to give your English lavender more water at this time.
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How should I water my English lavender through the seasons?
The English lavender will have its highest water needs during the hottest months of the year. During the height of summer, you may need to give this plant water more than once per week, depending on how fast the soil dries out. The opposite is true during the winter. In winter, your plant will enter a dormant phase, in which it will need far less water than usual. In fact, you may not need to water this plant at all during the winter months. However, if you do water during winter, you should not do so more than about once per month. Watering too much at this time will make it more likely that your English lavender will contract a disease.
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What's the difference between watering my English lavender indoors and outdoors?
It is most common to grow the English lavender indoors for any gardener that does not live in temperate and tropical regions. Those gardeners should consider the fact that soil in a container can dry out a bit faster than ground soil. Also, the presence of drying elements such as air conditioning units can cause your English lavender to need water on a more frequent basis as well. if you planted it outside. When that is the case, it’s likely you won’t need to water your English lavender very much at all. If you receive rainfall on a regular basis, that may be enough to keep your plant alive. Alternatively, those who grow this plant inside will need to water it more often, as allowing rainwater to soak the soil will not be an option.
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How to Fertilize English lavender?

Generally, english lavender does not require any fertilizers and can thrive even in very poor soils. Excess of nutrients can actually be harmful to this plant. For example, adding fertilizers rich in nitrogen, or growing english lavender in nitrogen-rich soil will stimulate the growth of leaves and impede blooming, so you'll have a bushy plant with no flowers.
However, some gardeners like to add a bit of fertilizer once in every few years to encourage the plant to produce many blooms. This is usually achieved by adding a layer of compost 2.5 cm thick around the plant during early spring.

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For those who want to add some color to their garden during the warmer months of the year, the English lavender is the right plant choice for you. Each year, a English lavender will reward your hard garden labor by displaying many colorful, often long-lasting, blooms. However, in order for the blooms of your English lavender to last the longest and look their best, you need to know how to correctly fertilize these plants. Without fertilization, a English lavender may show flowers that are less than stellar and may show a decline in overall health and longevity as well.
Fertilization is important to the English lavender for several general reasons. Mainly, fertilization helps English lavender and other plants by providing key nutrients that help the plant grow both above and below ground. However, the overall fertilization needs for a English lavender are relatively low. At times, a English lavender may survive well without fertilization. However, annual fertilization is can be very beneficial to the English lavender, as it will help keep the plant alive and may also encourage your English lavender to create better flowers that last for longer. As such, those interested in helping their English lavender look its best should keep up with annual fertilization.
The ideal time to fertilize a English lavender is in the late winter to early spring. During that time, your English lavender will be exiting its dormant phase and entering a phase of active growth. Fertilization at this time allows the plant to get off to a great start for the season by encouraging healthy growth. While it is generally most advantageous to fertilize a English lavender during the early spring, it is also permissible to fertilize a English lavender during the fall too. However, summer and winter remain the seasons in which it is not a good idea to feed a English lavender.
Nearly any kind of general-purpose fertilizer with a balanced amount of the three main plant nutrients will work well for a English lavender. However, there are a few specific nutrient blends that can be even more beneficial. For instance, many gardeners follow the belief that higher volumes of phosphorus make for stronger roots and better flowers. Since English lavender is a flowering plant, applying a phosphorus-rich fertilizer may be the best approach. You can use a fertilizer that comes in a granular form or a liquid form as long as there are plenty of nutrients present. Outside of manufactured fertilizers, you can also use more organic means to improve the soil for your English lavender. Mainly, compost, manure, and similar materials can go a long way towards creating a healthy growing medium for your English lavender.
The most common way to fertilize a English lavender is to apply a granular or pellet fertilizer to the soil around your plant. Remember that the ideal time to fertilize is as the plant is exiting its winter dormant growth phase and entering a phase of active growth. In early spring, wait until the plant begins to send shoots through the soil, and then apply your fertilizer. Some people may choose to use a liquid fertilizer instead of a granular one. In that case, you should dilute the fertilizer with water before applying it. Regardless of whether you use granular or liquid fertilizer, it is always best to moisten the soil before, during, and after you apply fertilizer.
As you care for your English lavender, recall that this plant does not need a lot of fertilizer each year and will begin to suffer if it receives too much. Firstly, any overfertilized plant runs the risk of fertilizer burn, a condition in which excessive amounts of fertilizer draw nutrients and moisture out of the plant's roots, causing its decline. Also, overfertilizing a English lavender is also a way of weakening your plant and making disease far more likely. There is also a potential that overfertilization could cause your English lavender to flower less or not at all, which is a significant detriment considering the blooms of this plant are what make it so valuable and sought after by so many gardeners.
You should not fertilize your English lavender during any time of the year except during the late winter and early spring. The low fertilization needs of this plant allow a single annual feeding to suffice. Continuing to fertilize throughout spring, summer, and fall can easily lead to overfertilization and all of the complications that can come with it. The only exception is if you did not fertilize in spring, which means that it is permissible to feed this plant in fall. Along with refraining from fertilizing for most of the growing season, there is also no reason to fertilize this plant during the winter. In winter, the English lavender will be in a dormant growth phase, meaning that it does not put forth new growth. With that being the case, fertilization during most of the winter is not advisable.
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Why do I need to fertilize my English lavender?
Fertilization is important to the English lavender for several general reasons. Mainly, fertilization helps English lavender and other plants by providing key nutrients that help the plant grow both above and below ground. However, the overall fertilization needs for a English lavender are relatively low.
At times, a English lavender may survive well without fertilization. However, annual fertilization is can be very beneficial to the English lavender, as it will help keep the plant alive and may also encourage your English lavender to create better flowers that last for longer. As such, those interested in helping their English lavender look its best should keep up with annual fertilization.
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When is the best time to fertilize my English lavender?
The ideal time to fertilize a English lavender is in the late winter to early spring. During that time, your English lavender will be exiting its dormant phase and entering a phase of active growth. Fertilization at this time allows the plant to get off to a great start for the season by encouraging healthy growth.
While it is generally most advantageous to fertilize a English lavender during the early spring, it is also permissible to fertilize a English lavender during the fall too. However, summer and winter remain the seasons in which it is not a good idea to feed a English lavender.
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When should I avoid fertilizing my English lavender?
You should not fertilize your English lavender during any time of the year except during the late winter and early spring. The low fertilization needs of this plant allow a single annual feeding to suffice. Continuing to fertilize throughout spring, summer, and fall can easily lead to overfertilization and all of the complications that can come with it. The only exception is if you did not fertilize in spring, which means that it is permissible to feed this plant in fall.
Along with refraining from fertilizing for most of the growing season, there is also no reason to fertilize this plant during the winter. In winter, the English lavender will be in a dormant growth phase, meaning that it does not put forth new growth. With that being the case, fertilization during most of the winter is not advisable.
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What type of fertilizer does my English lavender need?
Nearly any kind of general-purpose fertilizer with a balanced amount of the three main plant nutrients will work well for a English lavender. However, there are a few specific nutrient blends that can be even more beneficial. For instance, many gardeners follow the belief that higher volumes of phosphorus make for stronger roots and better flowers. Since English lavender is a flowering plant, applying a phosphorus-rich fertilizer may be the best approach.
You can use a fertilizer that comes in a granular form or a liquid form as long as there are plenty of nutrients present. Outside of manufactured fertilizers, you can also use more organic means to improve the soil for your English lavender. Mainly, compost, manure, and similar materials can go a long way towards creating a healthy growing medium for your English lavender.
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How do I fertilize my English lavender?
The most common way to fertilize a English lavender is to apply a granular or pellet fertilizer to the soil around your plant. Remember that the ideal time to fertilize is as the plant is exiting its winter dormant growth phase and entering a phase of active growth. In early spring, wait until the plant begins to send shoots through the soil, and then apply your fertilizer.
Some people may choose to use a liquid fertilizer instead of a granular one. In that case, you should dilute the fertilizer with water before applying it. Regardless of whether you use granular or liquid fertilizer, it is always best to moisten the soil before, during, and after you apply fertilizer.
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What happens if I fertilize my English lavender too much?
As you care for your English lavender, recall that this plant does not need a lot of fertilizer each year and will begin to suffer if it receives too much. Firstly, any overfertilized plant runs the risk of fertilizer burn, a condition in which excessive amounts of fertilizer draw nutrients and moisture out of the plant's roots, causing its decline.
Also, overfertilizing a English lavender is also a way of weakening your plant and making disease far more likely. There is also a potential that overfertilization could cause your English lavender to flower less or not at all, which is a significant detriment considering the blooms of this plant are what make it so valuable and sought after by so many gardeners.
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What Are the Sunlight Requirements for English lavender?

English lavender thrives in direct sun. This plant is native to the Mediterranean and parts of Asia and Africa, so it is adapted to grow under full sun. So, if you plan to grow english lavender in your garden, it is best to plant it in a sunny spot.
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What type of sunlight does English lavender need?
English lavender needs full sun every day, and these plants rely on a minimum of six hours of sunlight to keep their leaves, roots, and blooms in a healthy state. Even though most perennials need six hours of sunlight a day, plants like the Orange Daylily or Giant Coreopsis could live off less sun for a minimum of three hours daily. Even though these perennial flowering plants can live with only three hours of direct sunlight, they won't be able to thrive like they would in sunnier conditions.
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Can sunlight damage English lavender? How to protect English lavender from the sun and heat damage?
The few Perennial Flowering Plants that don't like excessive heat in warm climates might react poorly to too much sun if they have heat damage. These plants may wilt or dry out from too much sun and may also develop growth issues if they're regularly in the sun during the most intense heat of the day. Some plants don't need protection from the light afternoon sun, but those that are harmed by intense afternoon exposure should be provided some shade in warmer climates. Gardeners could give these plants plenty of shade by planting them in spots that don't receive direct heat during the afternoon, like under trees or behind bushes.
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Should I protect English lavender from sun exposure?
While many perennial plants need plenty of sun to bloom to their fullest extent, some of them benefit from less sun in warmer climates. For example, people who live in hotter climates might want to provide shade for their flowering perennials in the hot afternoon sun, and this is even more true for months in the summer.
Even though some perennial flowering plants will benefit from partially shaded in the hottest climates, plants like the Giant Coreopsis aren't intimidated by too much sun. They might sit outside in the full sun in hot weather and still thrive.
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What will happen if English lavender gets inadequate sunlight?
If you're growing English lavender and you aren't getting enough sunlight, you'll notice signs of inadequate requirements in your plants. Most plants won't produce as many blooms as they would if they had full sun exposure. Some plants will develop dry spots on their leaves, but most of these plants will still bloom in the inadequate sun. Even though they bloom, the flowers will be smaller and less full.
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Does English lavender need special care about sunlight during its different growth stages?
English lavender is great flowers in gardens and will have optimum blooming if it gets six hours of sunlight a day minimum. Sometimes, flowers stay fresh longer if they're partially shaded during the really hot parts of the day. When English lavender is young, gardeners want to ensure their younger plants are getting plenty of sunlight but don't have to endure intense heat during the afternoon sunlight. If you have a fully mature plant, provide it with plenty of sun so it may keep up its growth properly.
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How much light does English lavender need for photosynthesis?
English lavender will need a minimum of six hours of light to best support their photosynthesis cycles. These flowering plants need the sun to help their foliage and blooms grow. However, certain perennial flowering plants like the Giant Coreopsis might need anywhere from eight to twelve hours of full sun a day to maintain their large flowers and healthy foliage.
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How much light should English lavender get per day to grow healthily?
If you want your English lavender to grow healthy and bloom as much as possible during its blooming season, you should try to give your plant six hours of direct sunlight. Some perennial plants might even do more sunlight and could sit in the sun for up to twelve hours, depending on the heat in the area and the general environment. Plants like the Red Hot Poker and Giant Coreopsis thrive in much hotter climates and might sit in all types of strong sunlight.
Some home gardeners have to use grow lights because their spaces don't allow for tons of outdoor sunlight. Most perennials could grow happily in grow lights, but they will need anywhere from eight to fourteen hours of artificial light to stay strong since these lights don't have as much power as the sun.
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How to Prune English lavender?

Once established, english lavender requires minimal maintenance and pruning. As the plant gets older, the base of the stems will grow woody, so prune it back by about half of its size when the spring comes. This will promote new growth and fuller blooms. Also, english lavender that is not pruned from time to time tends to sprawl and create a hole in the middle of the bush. Lastly, remove the spent flowers to encourage new blooms. Use sharp tools and always disinfect them before use to avoid contamination.
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Does my English lavender need to be pruned?
The usual goal for the English lavender is to have it grow as big and full as possible. While the plant doesn’t require consistent trimming, it can benefit by removing old flowers and any damaged, dead, or diseased leaves. You can also trim back the leaves if it is starting to get too big for the pot and space you are keeping it.
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When is the best time to prune my English lavender?
English lavender don’t have a winter dormancy cycle at the suitable temperature. With that said, their growth does slow down as the days get shorter, however the leaves don’t die. What does that mean for pruning? It means there’s no specific season where it’s better to prune. Ideally, you will want to wait until the flower blooms before pruning it, which can take about a month after the appearance of the blossom. With deadheading, you’ll want to do this around late spring or when only a few of the blossoms have faded. You should always prune brown or yellow leaves when you notice them. Throughout the growing phase, make sure to pay close attention to any potential diseased leaves and remove these as necessary.
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What should I do after pruning my English lavender?
Once you’ve pruned your plant, you should dispose of the stems and leaves either by composting the healthy ones or throwing out the diseased parts. You can also fertilize just before or after pruning, which gives English lavender a little vitamin boost that can provide it the nutrients needed to better protect itself from any nearby pathogens or diseases. You don’t need much after care when you’re done pruning. It might benefit from light watering and some liquid plant food to encourage new blooms and growth.
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How can I prune my English lavender during different growth stages?
Chances are you’re not getting the English lavender from seed, which means you’re already getting a mature plant. Since the plant doesn’t have a true dormancy cycle, there are really only two phases: blooming and non-blooming. While the plant is blooming, you should only remove yellow or dead leaves and cut off any brown tips on the leaves. Avoid doing too much pruning during this time as it can stress the plant. Still, you should remove any diseased or dead leaves to keep your plant presentable. The best time to prune is after the blossoms have already wilted. You can remove both the spent blossoms and any old and yellowed leaves at the same time. If you’re noticing a large amount of yellow leaves, you might be overwatering your plant or not giving it enough nutrients. While yellow or brown leaves don’t always mean there’s an issue, if you notice a large amount of leaves shifting colors, it usually means there’s a problem with the plant.
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How can I prune my English lavender during different seasons?
As an evergreen plant, English lavender doesn’t have the same cycles as those found in colder areas. The leaves will remain green throughout the year, which is one of the many reasons it is a popular houseplant. If you want to deadhead, you should do so after the blossoms have already wilted. Throughout the growing phase, make sure to pay close attention to any potential diseased leaves and remove these as necessary.
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Are there any instructions for pruning my English lavender?
How you prune the English lavender will depend on whether you’re performing general care or deadheading. For general care, simply cut off the blossoms that have already died. Make sure to get as close to the base as possible and snip at a 45-degree angle. Repeat this for all stalks with wilting blooms. After that, trim back any outer leaves that are old and yellowing. If you simply want to thin the plant out, start with the outermost leaf and work your way in. Avoid removing more than 30 percent of the leaves at once. Throughout the growing phase, make sure to pay close attention to any potential diseased leaves and remove these as necessary.
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What is the Ideal Temperature Range for English lavender?

English lavender loves warmth and prefers to grow in a sunny spot. It is a very drought-tolerant plant and doesn't require much water to grow. However, english lavender requires more frequent watering during establishment and first blossoming season compared to established, mature plants.
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What is the optimal temperature for English lavender?
The best temperature for English lavender depends on the time of year. There are two primary seasons to discuss for temperature: the growing season, and the dormancy season. During the growing season, once English lavender has begun to sprout, the ideal temperature range should be anywhere from 65~80℉(18~27℃). Any colder than 15℉(-10℃), and the plant will suffer; its leaves may brown and wilt, but if this is a short cold snap, then English lavender may be able to survive with some help.
During the warmer parts of the year, English lavender will need to be similarly protected from temperatures that are too high. 95-105℉ (35-40℃) is the top of this plant’s temperature range, and anything above that will compromise the integrity of the foliage and blooms of English lavender. Hotter temperatures can cause wilting, drooping, and even sunburn on the leaves, which can be difficult for English lavender to recover from. There are quite a few ways to combat this issue that are quick and easy!
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Temperature requirements for first year or seedling English lavender
If this is the first year of your English lavender outside as a new plant, then it may need a little extra tending during the coldest months of the year. Not only can frost more severely damage a first-year English lavender, but it can also prevent it from growing back as a healthy plant come spring. This plant needs to be kept at 40℉(5℃) or above when they’re not yet established, which can be done either by bringing your English lavender inside for a month or two, or putting up mulch or fabric barriers that protect from frost damage.
It’s also a good idea to plant English lavender in a shadier spot during the first year or two, as smaller and weaker plants have a more difficult time maintaining their own temperatures in the heat. First-year English lavender should receive no more than five hours of direct sunlight per day, particularly if the ambient daytime temperature gets above 80℉(27℃). Shadecloth and frequent watering or misting are the keys to summer heat control.
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How can I protect English lavender from extreme temperatures?
If cold temperatures (below 15℉(-10℃)) do occur during the growing season, there are a few measures you can take to help protect English lavender from frost or cold damage. If you’re growing English lavender in a container, then the container can simply be brought inside in bright, indirect light until the temperatures rise up over the lower threshold again. Another option that’s better suited for ground-planted English lavender is to use mulch or horticultural fabric to create an insulated barrier around the plant, which will protect the plant from frost and cold wind.
For temperatures that are hotter than 80℉(27℃) in the shade during the day, be careful to only expose English lavender to six hours or less of sunlight per day, preferably in the morning hours. Putting up shade cloth, or a fine plastic mesh, can help reduce the amount of direct sunlight that hits the plant during the hottest parts of the day. You can also install a misting system that allows for a slow release of cooling mist around the base of the plant during the day to lower ground temperatures.
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Dormant season temperature recommendations for English lavender
During the cold winter months, English lavender needs a certain measure of cold in order to stay in dormancy until it’s time to sprout. Sprouting too early, that is before the danger of the last frost has passed, can be fatal to English lavender, especially if it’s already had a head start when the frost hits. Winter temperatures should ideally stay below 32℉(0℃), but if they get up to 40℉(5℃), everything will be just fine.
An unexpected warm spell during the cold months, which can happen in more temperate climates like woodland rainforests, can trigger a premature sprout from English lavender. In this case, if there’s still imminent danger of frost, you may want to try covering it with clear plastic on stakes so that the cold has less of a chance of damaging the new sprout. This setup can be removed when the danger of frost has passed. Occasionally, English lavender will be able to resprout at the correct time without any help, but this method increases the chances of a successful second sprouting.
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What Soil is Best for English lavender?

English lavender likes medium-rich to poor soils. If you want to grow this plant for essential oils, you can encourage their production by planting the english lavender in a lean soil.
English lavender thrives in lean, well-drained soils that are more on the dry side. They also prefer neutral to slightly alkaline soil, with a pH value from 6.7 to 7.3.
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How to Plant English lavender?

It is best to get new english lavender plants from developed seedlings, considering that their seeds have a lower success rate. If planting in USDA zones 1-6, the recommended time of planting is spring to early summer. If planting in warmer areas (USDA zones 7-10), you can plant your english lavender at the start of the autumn so the root system can establish during the winter. Mix some gravel with the planting soil rather than compost, in order to improve the soil drainage. When done, water the plant generously to compress the soil and remove any air pockets.
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How to Harvest English lavender?

You should harvest english lavender when nearly half of the buds are open. The harvesting process should be conducted early morning because that is the time of the day when the flowers have the highest concentration of essential oils. Cut the stem as low to the base as possible, and when you have a handful of flowers, make a bundle and secure it with a rubber band for drying.
You can use the dry english lavender as a moth repellent and make herb sachets for your closets. These sachets will be effective for some time as the flowers can stay fragrant for many months when packed like this.
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How to Transplant English lavender?

English lavender thrives when transplanted during the period of radiant blossoms, between mid-spring and early summer. Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil to ensure its growth. Gently loosen the root ball, and provide ample space between plants for ideal airflow.
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How to Repot English lavender?

Needs excellent drainage in pots
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English lavender is native to the Mediterranean region, particularly in areas such as France, Italy, and Spain. It naturally thrives in well-drained soil and requires full sun exposure to flourish. The Mediterranean climate provides mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers which shape english lavender's watering requirements. It is essential to water english lavender sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it is crucial to mimic its native environment by providing infrequent, deep waterings.
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Lighting
Full sun
English lavender flourishes in ample daylight locations, endorsing the plant's overall sound vitality. While it basks in bountiful light, it displays a certain resilience in dappled sunlit corners too. Originating from a sun-drenched environment, english lavender with inadequate sunlight may experience stunted growth and reduced essential oil production, whereas over exposure can burn the leaves. Various growth stages don't noticeably alter english lavender's sun necessities.
Best Sunlight Practices
Temperature
-20 - 38 ℃
English lavender prefers temperatures between 41 to 95℉ (5 to 35 ℃). This plant is native to Mediterranean, where it grows in warm, sunny climates. In cooler climates, it may require additional winter protection or be brought indoors during frost.
Temp for Healthy Growth
Transplant
1-3 feet
English lavender thrives when transplanted during the period of radiant blossoms, between mid-spring and early summer. Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil to ensure its growth. Gently loosen the root ball, and provide ample space between plants for ideal airflow.
Transplant Techniques
Pruning
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Known for its aromatic foliage and purple flowers, english lavender thrives with regular pruning. The key technique involves cutting back by one-third after flowering to promote bushy growth and prevent woodiness. Optimal pruning times are post-bloom in spring and again in early fall, avoiding harsh winter cuts. Pruning english lavender encourages more robust blooms and maintains plant health by reducing disease risk.
Pruning techniques
Propagation
Spring, Summer
English lavender is best propagated through cuttings during spring and summer months. This method is fairly easy, with successful propagation indicated by healthy root development. Ensure adequate moisture and warmth for optimal growth.
Propagation Techniques
Wilting
Wilting in English lavender is a common plant disorder characterized by the loss of rigidity in non-woody parts of the plant, leading to drooping and often death of the plant. This phenomenon can be a result of multiple factors including pathogen infection, inadequate water supply, or poor soil condition.
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Brown blotch
Brown Spot is a prevalent and potentially lethal fungal disease affecting English lavender. This disease causes brown, necrotic spots on the foliage, possibly leading to plant death. Proper prevention and timely intervention can alleviate its effects.
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Leaf rot
Leaf rot is a common disease in English lavender, manifesting as areas of decay often marked by color change. It hampers the plant's photosynthesis, drains its vitality and can gradually lead to its death. It's primarily caused by fungi and poor environmental conditions.
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Toxic
Toxic to Pets
English lavender is largely unproblematic for dogs, however, it does contain the compound linalool, which is toxic. Luckily, this plant has very small amounts of this compound, so your dog would have to eat a great quantity of this plant to have issues. Most dogs will find the smell of english lavender off-putting and will avoid it, but some are too curious for their own good! Symptoms of poisoning would include a swollen, tender belly, vomiting or trouble defecating, lack of appetite, and a fever.
If you think there is a risk your dog has ingested this plant, consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
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Feng shui direction
South
English lavender harmonizes well with the South-facing direction due to its uplifting energy and capacity to enhance prosperity. Placing english lavender in this area may bring a sense of tranquility while stimulating positive vibrations, leading to an improved overall flow of Qi.
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Seasonal Care Tips

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This plant requires some care in the spring.

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Every few years, divide large plants at the roots.
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Spring is also the time to sow seeds. Choose a sunny location and cover the seeds with about one inch of soil and water thoroughly.
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When new growth begins emerging, an application of all-purpose, balanced fertilizer will provide the necessary nutrients.
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Don’t forget to water when the top layer of soil begins drying out.
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Ensure the plant is receiving plenty of sunlight during the day.

The leaves on the plant do not thrive in bright sunshine in the summer.

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Keep container plants in a shaded area.
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Check the soil moisture level and increase watering frequency when rainfall is scarce. The soil may need checking daily to ensure it is not drying out.
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Keep an eye out for slugs, and other garden pests, especially if there is mulch around the plant.
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Cut back any spent flowers and remove any plant debris from the area.
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Continue regular fertilizing to help support fall flowering.

Continue watering and fertilizing your plant as long as it grows during the early fall season.

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Once the plants have entered a dormant stage, you can prune them back down to the ground; then, reduce watering.
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Use a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer regularly until the colder weather causes the plant to go dormant, then stop fertilizing.
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Ensure the plant still has plenty of sun during this time, placing them in locations that have full or partial sunlight.
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At the end of fall, after a hard frost, you can sow the seeds for your plant to propagate more plants.

As this plant goes dormant in cold weather, there’s not much care required for this plant. It's best to provide them with cold protection, however.

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After cutting back the stems, you can cover the beds with tarp or mulch to add a barrier against the chill winter winds and frost.
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Only water indoor or warmer-climate plants once the soil becomes dry to the touch, but for the most part you should leave this plant to itself during this season after providing it some shelter from the cold.
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Common Pests & Diseases

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Wilting
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Wilting
Wilting in English lavender is a common plant disorder characterized by the loss of rigidity in non-woody parts of the plant, leading to drooping and often death of the plant. This phenomenon can be a result of multiple factors including pathogen infection, inadequate water supply, or poor soil condition.
Brown blotch
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Brown blotch
Brown Spot is a prevalent and potentially lethal fungal disease affecting English lavender. This disease causes brown, necrotic spots on the foliage, possibly leading to plant death. Proper prevention and timely intervention can alleviate its effects.
Leaf rot
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Leaf rot
Leaf rot is a common disease in English lavender, manifesting as areas of decay often marked by color change. It hampers the plant's photosynthesis, drains its vitality and can gradually lead to its death. It's primarily caused by fungi and poor environmental conditions.
Wilting after blooming
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Flowers may wither for a variety of reasons.
Solutions: Check the soil or potting medium. Coarse textures can allow water to drain too rapidly, preventing the plant from taking up enough. If the soil and roots seem very dry, add sphagnum moss or other mediums that hold water. Water according to recommendations for each plant's species. Low humidity can be corrected by misting the plant regularly or placing it near a humidifier. Keeping it near other plants helps, too. Keep the environment consistent in terms of temperature, humidity, and lighting. Keep it away from vents, heaters, and air conditioners, and avoid moving it to locations where it will experience a temperature shock. Hot, dry heat, and cold drafts are problematic for many plants. Especially if the plant is outside, it could be experiencing heat or light stress. Try moving it to a shadier location.
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Flower withering
Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Solutions: If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible. For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface. In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well. If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
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Leaves may wilt for a variety of reasons.
Solutions: The easiest (and most obvious) way to address underwatering is to fully hydrate the plant. However, this must be done carefully. A common mistake that many gardeners make is to douse their underwatered plants with water. This can overwhelm the roots of the plant and shock its system, something that can be even more damaging than the lack of water to begin with. Instead, water thoroughly and slowly, taking breaks to let the water slowly saturate through the soil to get to the roots. Use room temperature water, as cold water might be too much of a shock. In the future, shorten the time between waterings. A good rule of thumb is to check the soil around each plant daily. If it’s dry to at least two inches down, it’s time to water. If a container plant is repeatedly drying out very quickly, repotting into a slower-draining container might be a good idea, too.
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What is Wilting Disease on English lavender?
What is Wilting Disease on English lavender?
Wilting in English lavender is a common plant disorder characterized by the loss of rigidity in non-woody parts of the plant, leading to drooping and often death of the plant. This phenomenon can be a result of multiple factors including pathogen infection, inadequate water supply, or poor soil condition.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Some of the major symptoms include drooping and yellowing of leaves, browning at leaf tips, slow plant growth, and eventually death in severe cases. The dramatic wilt particularly affects upper parts of English lavender, leading to a marked decline in plant vigor and bloom production.
What Causes Wilting Disease on English lavender?
What Causes Wilting Disease on English lavender?
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Infection
Pathogenic bacteria mainly from the Pseudomonas and Erwinia genus
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Water deficiency
Lack of adequate water supply, either due to irregular or over watering
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Soil conditions
Poorly draining soils which cause root rot.
How to Treat Wilting Disease on English lavender?
How to Treat Wilting Disease on English lavender?
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Water management: Maintaining an optimal watering routine as underwatering and overwatering can both lead to wilt

Planting technique: Ensuring English lavender is planted in well-drained soils to avoid waterlogging and root rot.
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Chemical fungicides: Use of specific fungicides targetted towards the pathogens causing the wilt.

Biological controls: Use of beneficial microorganisms that suppress the disease-causing microbes.
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Brown blotch
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What is Brown blotch Disease on English lavender?
What is Brown blotch Disease on English lavender?
Brown Spot is a prevalent and potentially lethal fungal disease affecting English lavender. This disease causes brown, necrotic spots on the foliage, possibly leading to plant death. Proper prevention and timely intervention can alleviate its effects.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
English lavender infected with Brown Spot exhibit symptoms like dark brown, necrotic spots on leaves. Severe infections can make the leaves dry out and fall prematurely. Consequently, the health of the plant deteriorates, affecting its overall visual appeal and vitality.
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on English lavender?
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on English lavender?
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Fungal Spores
The disease is primarily caused by the pathogen 'Alternaria alternata', a common fungal organism that thrives in warm, moist conditions.
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Environmental triggers
Persistent high humidity and inadequate ventilation greatly increase susceptibility.
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on English lavender?
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on English lavender?
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Removal: Infected leaves and plants should be promptly removed to prevent spread.

Improved Gardening Practices: Avoid overhead watering and ensure good air circulation around plants.

Regular Inspection: Frequently inspect plants for early signs of infection and act accordingly.
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Fungicide Application: Apply selected fungicides following product label directions carefully.

Regular Treatment: Continuous treatment during the infection-prone season may be necessary for severe infestations.
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What is Leaf rot Disease on English lavender?
What is Leaf rot Disease on English lavender?
Leaf rot is a common disease in English lavender, manifesting as areas of decay often marked by color change. It hampers the plant's photosynthesis, drains its vitality and can gradually lead to its death. It's primarily caused by fungi and poor environmental conditions.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Affected English lavender plants exhibit a discolored appearance in infected leaves, turning discolored and wilting. The leaves develop spots and eventually dry up, affecting the entire plant's growth.
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on English lavender?
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on English lavender?
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Pathogenic fungi
Genera like Pythium, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia, and Fusarium are major causes.
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Environmental factors
Poorly drained soil, overwatering or high humidity can foster fungal growth.
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on English lavender?
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on English lavender?
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Gardening hygiene: Regularly clean tools and remove affected parts to prevent the spores from spreading.

Soil drainage: Improve soil quality to promote better drainage and avoid overwatering.
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Fungicides: Foliar sprays of fungicide can be used. Always follow the package recommendations.
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Flowers may wither for a variety of reasons.
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Overview
Wilting after blooming is sometimes a natural aging process of the flower, while other times it may indicate a problem. Orchids, for example, can bloom for anywhere from two weeks to three months, so wilting after a few days signals a problem for most varieties. This can happen to virtually any ornamental flowering plant, but those with shallow roots and limited tolerance for drought, full sun, and low humidity are more susceptible.
This is a common problem, and often has an easy fix. Sometimes, however, it is the result of more serious causes such as pests or disease of the root system.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
  • At first, flowers may look a little limp.
  • Petals may start to appear dried out and turn brown.
  • Eventually they may drop off the plant all together.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Wilting blooms can be a sign of an unhealthy root system. Any condition that prevents the plant from absorbing enough water and nutrition can result in wilting blooms and sometimes other symptoms. If the plant doesn’t have enough water, it cannot maintain appropriate pressure within stems, leaves, and blooms, causing them to wilt.
This can result from physical damage – for example from root breakage during re-potting or attack by insects like cutworms. If you recently re-potted your plant, physical damage to the roots is a likely cause. If you see insects, they may be eating leaves, roots, or flowers. Fungal infections can also cause root rot and damage, preventing water and nutrient uptake.
Finally, wilting blooms can result simply from age. If no other symptoms are visible, it may simply signal the natural end of the flower’s lifespan. If it seems premature, this may be caused by environmental factors: water, humidity, light, or stress. Under-watering is a common cause. Similarly, plants adapted to high humidity dry out easily when humidity is low, like during winter or in dry climates. Too much light can also stress plants that need shade, causing blooms to wilt.
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Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Overview
Overview
Flower withering occurs when flowers become weak, droopy, wilted, or faded until they can’t be revived. During withering, they begin to wrinkle and shrink until the flower becomes completely dry or dead.
Any flowers, regardless of the plant type or the climate they are grown in, are susceptible to withering. It is a worldwide problem across houseplants, herbs, flowering ornamentals, trees, shrubs, garden vegetables, and food crops.
Unlike wilting—which withering is often confused with—withering can be caused by different things and is often due to more than a lack of water. Withering can be fatal in severe cases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Flower withering progresses from very mild cases to severe occurrences that kill the flower. The severity of the symptoms is related to the cause and how long the condition is allowed to progress before action is taken.
  • Wilted, droopy flowers
  • Petals and leaves begin to wrinkle
  • Brown papery streaks or spots appear on the petals and leaf tips
  • Flowerhead shrink in size
  • Petal color fades
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Complete death of the flower
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The main causes of flower withering include natural age progress, lack of water, nutritional deficiencies, and bacterial or fungal diseases. It’s critical to determine the underlying cause when flower withering is noticed. This will guide the best course of action, if treatment is possible.
Check the soil for moisture and then closely examine the entire plant for signs of nutrient deficiencies. If neither of those appears to be the cause then cut open the stem below a flower. If a cross-section reveals brown or rust-colored stains it is safe to assume that this is a bacterial or fungal infection.
If the flower is nearing the end of its normal lifespan, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence, or cell aging and death. Cell division stops and the plant begins breaking down resources within the flower to use in other parts of the plant.
In all other cases, flower withering happens when the plant seals off the stem as a defense mechanism, stopping transport within the vascular system. This prevents further water loss through the flowers but also stops bacteria and fungi from moving to healthy parts of the plant. Once water and nutrient transport stops, the flower begins to wither and ultimately die.
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Leaves may wilt for a variety of reasons.
Overview
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Underwatering plants is one of the quickest ways to kill them. This is something that most gardeners are well aware of. Unfortunately, knowing exactly how much water a plant needs can be tricky, especially considering that underwatering and overwatering present similar symptoms in plants.
Therefore, it’s important to be vigilant and attentive to each plants’ individual needs.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
As mentioned earlier, overwatering and underwatering present similar symptoms in plants. These symptoms include poor growth, wilted leaves, defoliation, and brown leaf tips or margins. Ultimately, both underwatering and overwatering can lead to the death of a plant.
The easiest way to determine whether a plant has too much water or too little is to look at the leaves. If underwatering is the culprit, the leaves will look brown and crunchy, while if it’s overwatering, they will appear yellow or a pale green in color.
When this issue first begins, there may be no noticeable symptoms at all, particularly in hardy or drought-tolerant plants. However, they will begin to wilt once they start suffering from a lack of water. The edges of the plant’s leaves will become brown or curled. Soil pulling away from the edges of the planter is a telltale sign, or a crispy, brittle stem.
Prolonged underwatering can cause a plant’s growth to become stunted. The leaves might drop and the plant can be more susceptible to pest infestations, too.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Underwatering is caused by, quite simply, not watering plants often or deeply enough. There is a heightened risk of underwatering if any of these situations apply:
  • Extreme heat and dry weather (when growing outdoors)
  • Grow lights or indoor lighting that is too bright or intense for the type of plant
  • Using fast-draining growing media such as sand
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English Lavender and Their Toxicity

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Toxic to Dogs
Toxic to Dogs
English lavender is largely unproblematic for dogs, however, it does contain the compound linalool, which is toxic. Luckily, this plant has very small amounts of this compound, so your dog would have to eat a great quantity of this plant to have issues. Most dogs will find the smell of english lavender off-putting and will avoid it, but some are too curious for their own good! Symptoms of poisoning would include a swollen, tender belly, vomiting or trouble defecating, lack of appetite, and a fever. If you think there is a risk your dog has ingested this plant, consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Toxic to Cats
Toxic to Cats
English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is toxic to cats because they lack the enzymes necessary to process the compounds linalool and linalyl acetate. Even licking the leaves of this plant may be enough to cause gastrointestinal distress, and ingestion often leads to vomiting. The concentrated essential oil of this plant is even more dangerous, with a risk of central nervous system and liver damage. A veterinarian should be contacted if symptoms become severe.
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Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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It’s better to kill those growing around your house. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
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Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
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Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
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Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
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Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages, and do not let your pets reach it;Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you take your pets to hike with you in the wild, please don’t let them eat any plants that you don’t know;
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Once your pets eat, touch or inhale anything from toxic plants and act abnormally, please call the doctors for help ASAP!
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Some pets are less likely than children to eat and touch just about everything. This is good, as a pet owner. However, you know your pet best, and it is up to you to keep them safe. There are plenty of poisonous weeds that can grow within the confines of your lawn, which might make your dogs or cats ill or worse if they eat them. Try to have an idea of what toxic plants grow in your area and keep them under control and your pets away from them.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

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Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

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Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
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Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
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If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Who Is Most at Risk of Plant Poisoning?
Everyone should keep the following in mind to prevent being poisoned:
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Do not eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you need to kill it, wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
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Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
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Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
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Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
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Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages;
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Wear properly when you hiking or working in the wilderness. Long pants, long sleeves, gloves, hiking shoes, etc., that protect you from being hurt by any plants;
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Once you or your family aren’t feeling well after eating, touching or inhaling anything from toxic plants, please call your doctor for help ASAP!
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Outdoor Workers and Recreationalists
Those who enjoy the outdoors either as a hobby or as part of their work will rarely see a plant and decide to munch on it (although the scenario is not unheard of). However, they do tend to deal with moving through and brushing aside plants. These people are more at risk of being poisoned by touching toxic plants than by ingesting them.
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Foragers
Foragers
Foraging for food and medicinal plants is a desirable skill among people who want to feel at one with the land. This hobby can be very useful and enjoyable, but if done wrong , it can lead to disastrous effects. People who forage are picking and grabbing plants with the full intention of using those plants, most of the time to ingest them.
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Children
Children
While outdoor workers are more likely to touch poison and foragers are more likely to ingest poison, children can easily do both. These bundles of joy just love to run around and explore the world. They enjoy touching things and occasionally shoving random stuff in their mouth; this is a terrible combination with toxic plants in the mix.
If you let your children run about, it is important to know what are the local toxic plants that they could accidentally get into. Try to educate the children and steer them away from where the toxic plants are located.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

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Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
Tend
Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
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If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Plant Type
Herb, Shrub
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Spread
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1 m
Bloom Time
Bloom Time
Mid spring, Late spring, Summer
Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple
Blue
White
Pink
Leaf Color
Leaf Color
Green
Gray
Silver
Flower Size
Flower Size
8 to 12 mm
Plant Height
Plant Height
50 to 200 cm

Name story

English lavender
Lavender originates from the Old French, lavendre and it also may be originated from the latin word, lividus meaning blue since the plant is featured with blue flowers. As the name carries the word "English", it is not originated from England. It is actually originated from the Mediterranean but the English lavender is the most commonly used name.

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Beauty Improvement Value
Common lavender essential oil can perfume the body, relieve pressure and regulate facial oil secretion.
Garden Use
English lavender is most commonly planted in clusters for ornamental effect. Popular in herb and wildflower gardens, it is appreciated for its beauty as well as its sweet aroma. Some gardeners plant it in order to harvest the leaves and flowers and utilize their aromatic properties. Good companion plantings include Echinacea, Aster, and Sedum varieties.
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This can be caused by lower pH of your soil. This is somewhat of a typical problem with english lavender and acidic soil - the plant will establish itself and grow fine for one or two seasons and then abruptly start to die off. It is important to note that english lavender grows best in neutral to slightly alkaline soils. To decrease the acidity of the soil, add some pulverized limestone to it.

My english lavender can't establish well enough and are dying. Why is this happening?

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If your english lavender is free of diseases but still dying, this might be because of improper soil, too much water or both. In its natural habitat, english lavender grows in loose, slightly sandy, alkaline, and fast-draining soil. Overwatering will create a soggy soil, which hinders the plant's root system from functioning properly, and lowers the production of essential oils. Essential oils are very important for plant's immunity and protection against pests.
Don't worry if this happens, as this is the most common gardening mistake with this plant. Add some pebbles to the soil to improve its drainage, and do not water your english lavender more than three times per two weeks during the establishment phase.
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Whole Plant
Symmetrical crown, evenly distributed branches, full and compact shape, no excessive growth, close internodes, and uniform leaf size.
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Many unopened flower buds are closely attached, without falling off easily when shaken, and show no diseased spots or wilting on the petals.
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The branches are not withered, and the trunk is free of boreholes or damage.
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Stems
No mold, browning or soft rot at the base of the plant.
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Leaves
Check the inside of the plant, shaded and overlapping areas, back of leaves. Even colour, no yellowing, no brown spots, no crawling insects, no cobwebs, no deformities, no wilting.
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more 1 Asymmetrical crown or missing, uneven branching: prune the weak and slender branches of the larger portion of the asymmetrical crown, then trim the overgrown larger branches.
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more 2 Internodes are longer in the upper part, leaves are sparse and smaller on top: increase light intensity or duration.
Branches
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more 1 Dry branches: check if the branch is still alive by peeling back a small section of bark and trim away any dry branches. Watch out for signs of insect infestation inside the branch.
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more 2 Bark with holes: inject insecticide into the holes and apply systemic insecticide to the roots.
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more 3 Damaged bark: brush on a wound-healing agent, and avoid getting it wet.
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Mildew, browning, or soft rot at the base: place the plant in a ventilated, dry environment and water with fungicide.
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more 1 Many flowers have already bloomed: lower the temperature in the environment to extend the flowering period. Prune any dying flowers in a timely manner to prevent nutrient depletion.
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more 2 Flower bud dropping: keep temperature at 15-25℃, place in bright but shaded area, water frequently, and avoid fertilizing.
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more 3 Flower petals have spots or disease: avoid spraying water directly onto the petals.
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more 4 Flower wilting: avoid soil that is too wet or too dry. When touching the soil with your finger, it should feel moist but not leave any water traces on your finger.
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more 1 Uneven leaf color and yellowing: prune yellow leaves and check if there are signs of rot at the base of the plant. Spray with fungicide for severe cases.
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more 2 Brown spots or small yellow spots: place the plant in a ventilated area and avoid watering the leaves. Spray with fungicide for severe cases.
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more 3 Tiny crawling insects on the back of leaves or spider webs between leaves: increase light exposure and spray with insecticide for severe cases.
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more 4 Deformations or missing parts on leaves: determine if it's physical damage or pest infestation. Linear or tearing damage is physical, while the rest are pests. Spray with insecticide.
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more 5 Wilting leaves: provide partial shade and avoid excessive sun exposure. Remove 1/3 to 1/2 of the leaves for severe cases.
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Soil should smell fresh like after a rain and no musty odor.
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Ensure outdoor temperature is suitable for plants.
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Condition Troubleshooting

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Potting mix soil, Peat moss mix soil
Soil smells musty or foul: check the root system for decay, place the plant in a ventilated, dry environment, and water with fungicide.
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Ideal Temperature
-10℃ to 35℃
Temperature is too low: Temporarily move the plants indoors and then to outdoors when temperature is suitable.
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Well Ventilated
Non-ventilated environment: can lead to root rot, diseases, and flower drop. Place the plants in an airy location avoiding dead spots.
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Suitable Light
Full sun, Partial sun
Insufficient light: reduce light appropriately during flowering period but not a fully shaded environment. After flowering, move to normal cultivation environment. For plants with long flowering and fruiting periods, provide normal light to avoid shortening.
Transplant recovery: After transplanting, pot plants should be temporarily shaded, then moved to normal light after a week if no abnormal drop or wilting. In-ground plants, shade for a week and then transfer to normal light or just pay attention to watering.
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Repotting
Potted plants - Wait until flowering stage is over before changing pots. In-ground plants - Plant directly taking care not to harm root system or remove soil.
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Pruning
Prune residual flowers, yellow/dead leaves. No other pruning at this time.
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Watering
Water appropriately. Water more frequently for newly transplanted or purchased plants to keep the soil consistently moist for at least 2 weeks. Avoid overwatering, do not water when there is water on your finger after touching the soil. Both underwatering and overwatering can cause plants to drop their flowers or fruit.
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Fertilizing
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Repotting potted plants: Wait until flowering ends. Repotting in-ground plants: Be careful not to harm roots/soil.
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Pruning
Prune residual flowers, and yellow/dead leaves. No other pruning at this time.
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Watering
Water new plants more often for 2 weeks. Avoid over/under watering by checking the soil.
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Fertilizing
Don't fertilize just after purchase. Fertilize after 2 weeks using half concentration.
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Long flowering plants need normal light. Shade transplants for a week, then move to normal light.
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Repotting potted plants: Wait until flowering ends. Repotting in-ground plants: Be careful not to harm roots/soil.
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Pruning
Prune residual flowers, and yellow/dead leaves. No other pruning at this time.
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Water new plants more often for 2 weeks. Avoid over/under watering by checking the soil.
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Don't fertilize just after purchase. Fertilize after 2 weeks using half concentration.
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The english lavender is a common flowering plant originally native to the Mediterranean region. Today, it is often used in scented products such as candles, oils, perfumes, soaps, and house sprays. The scent also has a deterrent effect against clothing moths.
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English lavender should be watered two times a week while it is establishing. After that, reduce the watering to once in every 2-3 weeks. When the plants start to bloom, water two times a week to stimulate blooming. Remember that excellent drainage is very important for these plants, and damp soil can provide favorable conditions for various diseases.
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How to Fertilize English lavender?

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Generally, english lavender does not require any fertilizers and can thrive even in very poor soils. Excess of nutrients can actually be harmful to this plant. For example, adding fertilizers rich in nitrogen, or growing english lavender in nitrogen-rich soil will stimulate the growth of leaves and impede blooming, so you'll have a bushy plant with no flowers.
However, some gardeners like to add a bit of fertilizer once in every few years to encourage the plant to produce many blooms. This is usually achieved by adding a layer of compost 2.5 cm thick around the plant during early spring.
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For those who want to add some color to their garden during the warmer months of the year, the English lavender is the right plant choice for you. Each year, a English lavender will reward your hard garden labor by displaying many colorful, often long-lasting, blooms. However, in order for the blooms of your English lavender to last the longest and look their best, you need to know how to correctly fertilize these plants. Without fertilization, a English lavender may show flowers that are less than stellar and may show a decline in overall health and longevity as well.
Fertilization is important to the English lavender for several general reasons. Mainly, fertilization helps English lavender and other plants by providing key nutrients that help the plant grow both above and below ground. However, the overall fertilization needs for a English lavender are relatively low. At times, a English lavender may survive well without fertilization. However, annual fertilization is can be very beneficial to the English lavender, as it will help keep the plant alive and may also encourage your English lavender to create better flowers that last for longer. As such, those interested in helping their English lavender look its best should keep up with annual fertilization.
The ideal time to fertilize a English lavender is in the late winter to early spring. During that time, your English lavender will be exiting its dormant phase and entering a phase of active growth. Fertilization at this time allows the plant to get off to a great start for the season by encouraging healthy growth. While it is generally most advantageous to fertilize a English lavender during the early spring, it is also permissible to fertilize a English lavender during the fall too. However, summer and winter remain the seasons in which it is not a good idea to feed a English lavender.
Nearly any kind of general-purpose fertilizer with a balanced amount of the three main plant nutrients will work well for a English lavender. However, there are a few specific nutrient blends that can be even more beneficial. For instance, many gardeners follow the belief that higher volumes of phosphorus make for stronger roots and better flowers. Since English lavender is a flowering plant, applying a phosphorus-rich fertilizer may be the best approach. You can use a fertilizer that comes in a granular form or a liquid form as long as there are plenty of nutrients present. Outside of manufactured fertilizers, you can also use more organic means to improve the soil for your English lavender. Mainly, compost, manure, and similar materials can go a long way towards creating a healthy growing medium for your English lavender.
The most common way to fertilize a English lavender is to apply a granular or pellet fertilizer to the soil around your plant. Remember that the ideal time to fertilize is as the plant is exiting its winter dormant growth phase and entering a phase of active growth. In early spring, wait until the plant begins to send shoots through the soil, and then apply your fertilizer. Some people may choose to use a liquid fertilizer instead of a granular one. In that case, you should dilute the fertilizer with water before applying it. Regardless of whether you use granular or liquid fertilizer, it is always best to moisten the soil before, during, and after you apply fertilizer.
As you care for your English lavender, recall that this plant does not need a lot of fertilizer each year and will begin to suffer if it receives too much. Firstly, any overfertilized plant runs the risk of fertilizer burn, a condition in which excessive amounts of fertilizer draw nutrients and moisture out of the plant's roots, causing its decline. Also, overfertilizing a English lavender is also a way of weakening your plant and making disease far more likely. There is also a potential that overfertilization could cause your English lavender to flower less or not at all, which is a significant detriment considering the blooms of this plant are what make it so valuable and sought after by so many gardeners.
You should not fertilize your English lavender during any time of the year except during the late winter and early spring. The low fertilization needs of this plant allow a single annual feeding to suffice. Continuing to fertilize throughout spring, summer, and fall can easily lead to overfertilization and all of the complications that can come with it. The only exception is if you did not fertilize in spring, which means that it is permissible to feed this plant in fall. Along with refraining from fertilizing for most of the growing season, there is also no reason to fertilize this plant during the winter. In winter, the English lavender will be in a dormant growth phase, meaning that it does not put forth new growth. With that being the case, fertilization during most of the winter is not advisable.
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English lavender thrives in direct sun. This plant is native to the Mediterranean and parts of Asia and Africa, so it is adapted to grow under full sun. So, if you plan to grow english lavender in your garden, it is best to plant it in a sunny spot.
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How to Prune English lavender?

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Once established, english lavender requires minimal maintenance and pruning. As the plant gets older, the base of the stems will grow woody, so prune it back by about half of its size when the spring comes. This will promote new growth and fuller blooms. Also, english lavender that is not pruned from time to time tends to sprawl and create a hole in the middle of the bush. Lastly, remove the spent flowers to encourage new blooms. Use sharp tools and always disinfect them before use to avoid contamination.
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What is the Ideal Temperature Range for English lavender?

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English lavender loves warmth and prefers to grow in a sunny spot. It is a very drought-tolerant plant and doesn't require much water to grow. However, english lavender requires more frequent watering during establishment and first blossoming season compared to established, mature plants.
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What Soil is Best for English lavender?

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English lavender likes medium-rich to poor soils. If you want to grow this plant for essential oils, you can encourage their production by planting the english lavender in a lean soil.
English lavender thrives in lean, well-drained soils that are more on the dry side. They also prefer neutral to slightly alkaline soil, with a pH value from 6.7 to 7.3.
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How to Plant English lavender?

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It is best to get new english lavender plants from developed seedlings, considering that their seeds have a lower success rate. If planting in USDA zones 1-6, the recommended time of planting is spring to early summer. If planting in warmer areas (USDA zones 7-10), you can plant your english lavender at the start of the autumn so the root system can establish during the winter. Mix some gravel with the planting soil rather than compost, in order to improve the soil drainage. When done, water the plant generously to compress the soil and remove any air pockets.
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How to Harvest English lavender?

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You should harvest english lavender when nearly half of the buds are open. The harvesting process should be conducted early morning because that is the time of the day when the flowers have the highest concentration of essential oils. Cut the stem as low to the base as possible, and when you have a handful of flowers, make a bundle and secure it with a rubber band for drying.
You can use the dry english lavender as a moth repellent and make herb sachets for your closets. These sachets will be effective for some time as the flowers can stay fragrant for many months when packed like this.
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How to Transplant English lavender?

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English lavender thrives when transplanted during the period of radiant blossoms, between mid-spring and early summer. Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil to ensure its growth. Gently loosen the root ball, and provide ample space between plants for ideal airflow.
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Wilting in English lavender is a common plant disorder characterized by the loss of rigidity in non-woody parts of the plant, leading to drooping and often death of the plant. This phenomenon can be a result of multiple factors including pathogen infection, inadequate water supply, or poor soil condition.
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Brown blotch
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Brown Spot is a prevalent and potentially lethal fungal disease affecting English lavender. This disease causes brown, necrotic spots on the foliage, possibly leading to plant death. Proper prevention and timely intervention can alleviate its effects.
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Leaf rot
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Leaf rot is a common disease in English lavender, manifesting as areas of decay often marked by color change. It hampers the plant's photosynthesis, drains its vitality and can gradually lead to its death. It's primarily caused by fungi and poor environmental conditions.
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Wilting after blooming
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Flowers may wither for a variety of reasons.
Solutions: Check the soil or potting medium. Coarse textures can allow water to drain too rapidly, preventing the plant from taking up enough. If the soil and roots seem very dry, add sphagnum moss or other mediums that hold water. Water according to recommendations for each plant's species. Low humidity can be corrected by misting the plant regularly or placing it near a humidifier. Keeping it near other plants helps, too. Keep the environment consistent in terms of temperature, humidity, and lighting. Keep it away from vents, heaters, and air conditioners, and avoid moving it to locations where it will experience a temperature shock. Hot, dry heat, and cold drafts are problematic for many plants. Especially if the plant is outside, it could be experiencing heat or light stress. Try moving it to a shadier location.
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Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Solutions: If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible. For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface. In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well. If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
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Leaves may wilt for a variety of reasons.
Solutions: The easiest (and most obvious) way to address underwatering is to fully hydrate the plant. However, this must be done carefully. A common mistake that many gardeners make is to douse their underwatered plants with water. This can overwhelm the roots of the plant and shock its system, something that can be even more damaging than the lack of water to begin with. Instead, water thoroughly and slowly, taking breaks to let the water slowly saturate through the soil to get to the roots. Use room temperature water, as cold water might be too much of a shock. In the future, shorten the time between waterings. A good rule of thumb is to check the soil around each plant daily. If it’s dry to at least two inches down, it’s time to water. If a container plant is repeatedly drying out very quickly, repotting into a slower-draining container might be a good idea, too.
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What is Wilting Disease on English lavender?
What is Wilting Disease on English lavender?
Wilting in English lavender is a common plant disorder characterized by the loss of rigidity in non-woody parts of the plant, leading to drooping and often death of the plant. This phenomenon can be a result of multiple factors including pathogen infection, inadequate water supply, or poor soil condition.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Some of the major symptoms include drooping and yellowing of leaves, browning at leaf tips, slow plant growth, and eventually death in severe cases. The dramatic wilt particularly affects upper parts of English lavender, leading to a marked decline in plant vigor and bloom production.
What Causes Wilting Disease on English lavender?
What Causes Wilting Disease on English lavender?
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Infection
Pathogenic bacteria mainly from the Pseudomonas and Erwinia genus
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Water deficiency
Lack of adequate water supply, either due to irregular or over watering
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Soil conditions
Poorly draining soils which cause root rot.
How to Treat Wilting Disease on English lavender?
How to Treat Wilting Disease on English lavender?
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Water management: Maintaining an optimal watering routine as underwatering and overwatering can both lead to wilt

Planting technique: Ensuring English lavender is planted in well-drained soils to avoid waterlogging and root rot.
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Chemical fungicides: Use of specific fungicides targetted towards the pathogens causing the wilt.

Biological controls: Use of beneficial microorganisms that suppress the disease-causing microbes.
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What is Brown blotch Disease on English lavender?
What is Brown blotch Disease on English lavender?
Brown Spot is a prevalent and potentially lethal fungal disease affecting English lavender. This disease causes brown, necrotic spots on the foliage, possibly leading to plant death. Proper prevention and timely intervention can alleviate its effects.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
English lavender infected with Brown Spot exhibit symptoms like dark brown, necrotic spots on leaves. Severe infections can make the leaves dry out and fall prematurely. Consequently, the health of the plant deteriorates, affecting its overall visual appeal and vitality.
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on English lavender?
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on English lavender?
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The disease is primarily caused by the pathogen 'Alternaria alternata', a common fungal organism that thrives in warm, moist conditions.
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Environmental triggers
Persistent high humidity and inadequate ventilation greatly increase susceptibility.
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on English lavender?
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on English lavender?
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Removal: Infected leaves and plants should be promptly removed to prevent spread.

Improved Gardening Practices: Avoid overhead watering and ensure good air circulation around plants.

Regular Inspection: Frequently inspect plants for early signs of infection and act accordingly.
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Fungicide Application: Apply selected fungicides following product label directions carefully.

Regular Treatment: Continuous treatment during the infection-prone season may be necessary for severe infestations.
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What is Leaf rot Disease on English lavender?
What is Leaf rot Disease on English lavender?
Leaf rot is a common disease in English lavender, manifesting as areas of decay often marked by color change. It hampers the plant's photosynthesis, drains its vitality and can gradually lead to its death. It's primarily caused by fungi and poor environmental conditions.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Affected English lavender plants exhibit a discolored appearance in infected leaves, turning discolored and wilting. The leaves develop spots and eventually dry up, affecting the entire plant's growth.
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on English lavender?
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on English lavender?
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Pathogenic fungi
Genera like Pythium, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia, and Fusarium are major causes.
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Environmental factors
Poorly drained soil, overwatering or high humidity can foster fungal growth.
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on English lavender?
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on English lavender?
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Gardening hygiene: Regularly clean tools and remove affected parts to prevent the spores from spreading.

Soil drainage: Improve soil quality to promote better drainage and avoid overwatering.
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Fungicides: Foliar sprays of fungicide can be used. Always follow the package recommendations.
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Flowers may wither for a variety of reasons.
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Wilting after blooming is sometimes a natural aging process of the flower, while other times it may indicate a problem. Orchids, for example, can bloom for anywhere from two weeks to three months, so wilting after a few days signals a problem for most varieties. This can happen to virtually any ornamental flowering plant, but those with shallow roots and limited tolerance for drought, full sun, and low humidity are more susceptible.
This is a common problem, and often has an easy fix. Sometimes, however, it is the result of more serious causes such as pests or disease of the root system.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
  • At first, flowers may look a little limp.
  • Petals may start to appear dried out and turn brown.
  • Eventually they may drop off the plant all together.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Wilting blooms can be a sign of an unhealthy root system. Any condition that prevents the plant from absorbing enough water and nutrition can result in wilting blooms and sometimes other symptoms. If the plant doesn’t have enough water, it cannot maintain appropriate pressure within stems, leaves, and blooms, causing them to wilt.
This can result from physical damage – for example from root breakage during re-potting or attack by insects like cutworms. If you recently re-potted your plant, physical damage to the roots is a likely cause. If you see insects, they may be eating leaves, roots, or flowers. Fungal infections can also cause root rot and damage, preventing water and nutrient uptake.
Finally, wilting blooms can result simply from age. If no other symptoms are visible, it may simply signal the natural end of the flower’s lifespan. If it seems premature, this may be caused by environmental factors: water, humidity, light, or stress. Under-watering is a common cause. Similarly, plants adapted to high humidity dry out easily when humidity is low, like during winter or in dry climates. Too much light can also stress plants that need shade, causing blooms to wilt.
Solutions
Solutions
  • Check the soil or potting medium. Coarse textures can allow water to drain too rapidly, preventing the plant from taking up enough. If the soil and roots seem very dry, add sphagnum moss or other mediums that hold water.
  • Water according to recommendations for each plant's species.
  • Low humidity can be corrected by misting the plant regularly or placing it near a humidifier. Keeping it near other plants helps, too.
  • Keep the environment consistent in terms of temperature, humidity, and lighting. Keep it away from vents, heaters, and air conditioners, and avoid moving it to locations where it will experience a temperature shock. Hot, dry heat, and cold drafts are problematic for many plants.
  • Especially if the plant is outside, it could be experiencing heat or light stress. Try moving it to a shadier location.
Prevention
Prevention
  • Read up on moisture, light, and soil type preferences for each plant to avoid underwatering, incorrect light levels, or other conditions that can cause wilting blooms.
  • Avoid re-potting during the flowering period. This causes additional stress on the plants because they need to repair root damage and adapt to the new micro-environment, all of which can result in wilting.
  • One other potential cause is ethylene gas, a plant hormone related to ripening. Some fruits and vegetables emit ethylene, especially bananas. Apples, grapes, melons, avocados, and potatoes can also give it off, so keep flowering plants away from fresh produce.
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Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Overview
Overview
Flower withering occurs when flowers become weak, droopy, wilted, or faded until they can’t be revived. During withering, they begin to wrinkle and shrink until the flower becomes completely dry or dead.
Any flowers, regardless of the plant type or the climate they are grown in, are susceptible to withering. It is a worldwide problem across houseplants, herbs, flowering ornamentals, trees, shrubs, garden vegetables, and food crops.
Unlike wilting—which withering is often confused with—withering can be caused by different things and is often due to more than a lack of water. Withering can be fatal in severe cases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Flower withering progresses from very mild cases to severe occurrences that kill the flower. The severity of the symptoms is related to the cause and how long the condition is allowed to progress before action is taken.
  • Wilted, droopy flowers
  • Petals and leaves begin to wrinkle
  • Brown papery streaks or spots appear on the petals and leaf tips
  • Flowerhead shrink in size
  • Petal color fades
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Complete death of the flower
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The main causes of flower withering include natural age progress, lack of water, nutritional deficiencies, and bacterial or fungal diseases. It’s critical to determine the underlying cause when flower withering is noticed. This will guide the best course of action, if treatment is possible.
Check the soil for moisture and then closely examine the entire plant for signs of nutrient deficiencies. If neither of those appears to be the cause then cut open the stem below a flower. If a cross-section reveals brown or rust-colored stains it is safe to assume that this is a bacterial or fungal infection.
If the flower is nearing the end of its normal lifespan, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence, or cell aging and death. Cell division stops and the plant begins breaking down resources within the flower to use in other parts of the plant.
In all other cases, flower withering happens when the plant seals off the stem as a defense mechanism, stopping transport within the vascular system. This prevents further water loss through the flowers but also stops bacteria and fungi from moving to healthy parts of the plant. Once water and nutrient transport stops, the flower begins to wither and ultimately die.
Solutions
Solutions
If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface.
In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well.
If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
Prevention
Prevention
This is definitely one of those instances where prevention is more effective than cure. Here are some preventative measures for avoiding premature flower withering.
  • Water plants according to their needs -- either keep the soil slightly moist or allow the top inch or two to dry out before watering again.
  • Fertilize lightly on a consistent basis, depending upon the plant’s growth. Quick-growing plants and those that flower or develop fruit will need more frequent fertilizing than slow-growing plants.
  • Purchase plants that are certified disease- or pathogen-free.
  • Look for disease-resistant cultivars.
  • Isolate plants showing disease symptoms to prevent the spread to neighboring plants.
  • Practice good plant hygiene by removing any fallen plant material as soon as possible.
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Leaves may wilt for a variety of reasons.
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Underwatering plants is one of the quickest ways to kill them. This is something that most gardeners are well aware of. Unfortunately, knowing exactly how much water a plant needs can be tricky, especially considering that underwatering and overwatering present similar symptoms in plants.
Therefore, it’s important to be vigilant and attentive to each plants’ individual needs.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
As mentioned earlier, overwatering and underwatering present similar symptoms in plants. These symptoms include poor growth, wilted leaves, defoliation, and brown leaf tips or margins. Ultimately, both underwatering and overwatering can lead to the death of a plant.
The easiest way to determine whether a plant has too much water or too little is to look at the leaves. If underwatering is the culprit, the leaves will look brown and crunchy, while if it’s overwatering, they will appear yellow or a pale green in color.
When this issue first begins, there may be no noticeable symptoms at all, particularly in hardy or drought-tolerant plants. However, they will begin to wilt once they start suffering from a lack of water. The edges of the plant’s leaves will become brown or curled. Soil pulling away from the edges of the planter is a telltale sign, or a crispy, brittle stem.
Prolonged underwatering can cause a plant’s growth to become stunted. The leaves might drop and the plant can be more susceptible to pest infestations, too.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Underwatering is caused by, quite simply, not watering plants often or deeply enough. There is a heightened risk of underwatering if any of these situations apply:
  • Extreme heat and dry weather (when growing outdoors)
  • Grow lights or indoor lighting that is too bright or intense for the type of plant
  • Using fast-draining growing media such as sand
Solutions
Solutions
The easiest (and most obvious) way to address underwatering is to fully hydrate the plant. However, this must be done carefully. A common mistake that many gardeners make is to douse their underwatered plants with water. This can overwhelm the roots of the plant and shock its system, something that can be even more damaging than the lack of water to begin with.
Instead, water thoroughly and slowly, taking breaks to let the water slowly saturate through the soil to get to the roots. Use room temperature water, as cold water might be too much of a shock.
In the future, shorten the time between waterings. A good rule of thumb is to check the soil around each plant daily. If it’s dry to at least two inches down, it’s time to water. If a container plant is repeatedly drying out very quickly, repotting into a slower-draining container might be a good idea, too.
Prevention
Prevention
Always check the soil before watering. If the top inch of soil feels moist, though not wet, the watering is perfect. If it’s dry, water it immediately. If it feels soggy, you avoid watering until it dries out a bit more.
Also, make sure the lighting is sufficient for the species. Plants grow faster and need more water when there is intense light or lots of heat. Being aware of these conditions and modifying them, if possible, is a good way to prevent underwatering. Many container plants are potted in soil mixtures mean to be well-draining. Adding materials that retain moisture, like compost or peat moss, can also prevent these symptoms.
Other tips to prevent underwatering include:
  • Choose pots with adequately-sized drainage holes
  • Avoid warm temperatures
  • Use large pots with additional soil (these take longer to dry out)
  • Avoid terracotta pots, which lose water quickly
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English Lavender and Their Toxicity

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Toxic to Dogs
English lavender is largely unproblematic for dogs, however, it does contain the compound linalool, which is toxic. Luckily, this plant has very small amounts of this compound, so your dog would have to eat a great quantity of this plant to have issues. Most dogs will find the smell of english lavender off-putting and will avoid it, but some are too curious for their own good! Symptoms of poisoning would include a swollen, tender belly, vomiting or trouble defecating, lack of appetite, and a fever. If you think there is a risk your dog has ingested this plant, consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
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Toxic to Cats
English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is toxic to cats because they lack the enzymes necessary to process the compounds linalool and linalyl acetate. Even licking the leaves of this plant may be enough to cause gastrointestinal distress, and ingestion often leads to vomiting. The concentrated essential oil of this plant is even more dangerous, with a risk of central nervous system and liver damage. A veterinarian should be contacted if symptoms become severe.
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It’s better to kill those growing around your house. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
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Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
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Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages, and do not let your pets reach it;Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you take your pets to hike with you in the wild, please don’t let them eat any plants that you don’t know;
8
Once your pets eat, touch or inhale anything from toxic plants and act abnormally, please call the doctors for help ASAP!
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Pets
Some pets are less likely than children to eat and touch just about everything. This is good, as a pet owner. However, you know your pet best, and it is up to you to keep them safe. There are plenty of poisonous weeds that can grow within the confines of your lawn, which might make your dogs or cats ill or worse if they eat them. Try to have an idea of what toxic plants grow in your area and keep them under control and your pets away from them.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

aloe
Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
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Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
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If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Who Is Most at Risk of Plant Poisoning?
Everyone should keep the following in mind to prevent being poisoned:
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Do not eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you need to kill it, wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
3
Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
4
Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
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Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
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Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages;
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Wear properly when you hiking or working in the wilderness. Long pants, long sleeves, gloves, hiking shoes, etc., that protect you from being hurt by any plants;
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Once you or your family aren’t feeling well after eating, touching or inhaling anything from toxic plants, please call your doctor for help ASAP!
Outdoor Workers
Outdoor Workers and Recreationalists
Those who enjoy the outdoors either as a hobby or as part of their work will rarely see a plant and decide to munch on it (although the scenario is not unheard of). However, they do tend to deal with moving through and brushing aside plants. These people are more at risk of being poisoned by touching toxic plants than by ingesting them.
Outdoor Workers
Foragers
Foragers
Foraging for food and medicinal plants is a desirable skill among people who want to feel at one with the land. This hobby can be very useful and enjoyable, but if done wrong , it can lead to disastrous effects. People who forage are picking and grabbing plants with the full intention of using those plants, most of the time to ingest them.
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Children
Children
While outdoor workers are more likely to touch poison and foragers are more likely to ingest poison, children can easily do both. These bundles of joy just love to run around and explore the world. They enjoy touching things and occasionally shoving random stuff in their mouth; this is a terrible combination with toxic plants in the mix.
If you let your children run about, it is important to know what are the local toxic plants that they could accidentally get into. Try to educate the children and steer them away from where the toxic plants are located.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

aloe
Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
Tend
Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
tend2
If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

plants
The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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More About English Lavender

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Plant Type
Plant Type
Herb, Shrub
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Spread
Spread
1 m
Bloom Time
Bloom Time
Mid spring, Late spring, Summer
Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple
Blue
White
Pink
Leaf Color
Leaf Color
Green
Gray
Silver
Flower Size
Flower Size
8 to 12 mm
Plant Height
Plant Height
50 to 200 cm

Name story

English lavender
Lavender originates from the Old French, lavendre and it also may be originated from the latin word, lividus meaning blue since the plant is featured with blue flowers. As the name carries the word "English", it is not originated from England. It is actually originated from the Mediterranean but the English lavender is the most commonly used name.

Usages

Beauty Improvement Value
Common lavender essential oil can perfume the body, relieve pressure and regulate facial oil secretion.
Garden Use
English lavender is most commonly planted in clusters for ornamental effect. Popular in herb and wildflower gardens, it is appreciated for its beauty as well as its sweet aroma. Some gardeners plant it in order to harvest the leaves and flowers and utilize their aromatic properties. Good companion plantings include Echinacea, Aster, and Sedum varieties.
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Common Problems

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My english lavender was growing just fine, and then abruptly started to fade. I haven't changed anything regarding the care, so why is this happening?

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This can be caused by lower pH of your soil. This is somewhat of a typical problem with english lavender and acidic soil - the plant will establish itself and grow fine for one or two seasons and then abruptly start to die off. It is important to note that english lavender grows best in neutral to slightly alkaline soils. To decrease the acidity of the soil, add some pulverized limestone to it.

My english lavender can't establish well enough and are dying. Why is this happening?

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If your english lavender is free of diseases but still dying, this might be because of improper soil, too much water or both. In its natural habitat, english lavender grows in loose, slightly sandy, alkaline, and fast-draining soil. Overwatering will create a soggy soil, which hinders the plant's root system from functioning properly, and lowers the production of essential oils. Essential oils are very important for plant's immunity and protection against pests.
Don't worry if this happens, as this is the most common gardening mistake with this plant. Add some pebbles to the soil to improve its drainage, and do not water your english lavender more than three times per two weeks during the establishment phase.
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Caring for a New Plant

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The following pictures and instructions for flower plant are aimed to help your plants adapt and thrive in a new environment.
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Picking a Healthy Flower Plant
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Check Its Health

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Whole Plant
Symmetrical crown, evenly distributed branches, full and compact shape, no excessive growth, close internodes, and uniform leaf size.
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Flowers
Many unopened flower buds are closely attached, without falling off easily when shaken, and show no diseased spots or wilting on the petals.
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Branches
The branches are not withered, and the trunk is free of boreholes or damage.
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Stems
No mold, browning or soft rot at the base of the plant.
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Leaves
Check the inside of the plant, shaded and overlapping areas, back of leaves. Even colour, no yellowing, no brown spots, no crawling insects, no cobwebs, no deformities, no wilting.
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Health Troubleshooting

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Branches
Stems
Flowers
Leaves
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more 1 Asymmetrical crown or missing, uneven branching: prune the weak and slender branches of the larger portion of the asymmetrical crown, then trim the overgrown larger branches.
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more 2 Internodes are longer in the upper part, leaves are sparse and smaller on top: increase light intensity or duration.
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more 1 Dry branches: check if the branch is still alive by peeling back a small section of bark and trim away any dry branches. Watch out for signs of insect infestation inside the branch.
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more 2 Bark with holes: inject insecticide into the holes and apply systemic insecticide to the roots.
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more 3 Damaged bark: brush on a wound-healing agent, and avoid getting it wet.
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Mildew, browning, or soft rot at the base: place the plant in a ventilated, dry environment and water with fungicide.
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more 1 Many flowers have already bloomed: lower the temperature in the environment to extend the flowering period. Prune any dying flowers in a timely manner to prevent nutrient depletion.
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more 2 Flower bud dropping: keep temperature at 15-25℃, place in bright but shaded area, water frequently, and avoid fertilizing.
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more 3 Flower petals have spots or disease: avoid spraying water directly onto the petals.
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more 4 Flower wilting: avoid soil that is too wet or too dry. When touching the soil with your finger, it should feel moist but not leave any water traces on your finger.
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more 1 Uneven leaf color and yellowing: prune yellow leaves and check if there are signs of rot at the base of the plant. Spray with fungicide for severe cases.
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more 2 Brown spots or small yellow spots: place the plant in a ventilated area and avoid watering the leaves. Spray with fungicide for severe cases.
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more 3 Tiny crawling insects on the back of leaves or spider webs between leaves: increase light exposure and spray with insecticide for severe cases.
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more 4 Deformations or missing parts on leaves: determine if it's physical damage or pest infestation. Linear or tearing damage is physical, while the rest are pests. Spray with insecticide.
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more 5 Wilting leaves: provide partial shade and avoid excessive sun exposure. Remove 1/3 to 1/2 of the leaves for severe cases.
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Soil Check
Soil should smell fresh like after a rain and no musty odor.
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Light Check
Check the light requirement of the plant and if it match with planting location.
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Ventilation Check
Ensure good ventilation.
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Temperature Check
Ensure outdoor temperature is suitable for plants.
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Condition Troubleshooting

Soil
Ideal Temperature
Ventilation
Suitable Light
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Potting mix soil, Peat moss mix soil
Soil
Soil smells musty or foul: check the root system for decay, place the plant in a ventilated, dry environment, and water with fungicide.
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-10℃ to 35℃
Ideal Temperature
Temperature is too low: Temporarily move the plants indoors and then to outdoors when temperature is suitable.
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Well Ventilated
Ventilation
Non-ventilated environment: can lead to root rot, diseases, and flower drop. Place the plants in an airy location avoiding dead spots.
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Full sun, Partial sun
Suitable Light
Insufficient light: reduce light appropriately during flowering period but not a fully shaded environment. After flowering, move to normal cultivation environment. For plants with long flowering and fruiting periods, provide normal light to avoid shortening.
Transplant recovery: After transplanting, pot plants should be temporarily shaded, then moved to normal light after a week if no abnormal drop or wilting. In-ground plants, shade for a week and then transfer to normal light or just pay attention to watering.
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Adapting Your New Flower Plant
Step 1
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Repotting
Potted plants - Wait until flowering stage is over before changing pots. In-ground plants - Plant directly taking care not to harm root system or remove soil.
Step 2
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Pruning
Prune residual flowers, yellow/dead leaves. No other pruning at this time.
Step 3
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Watering
Water appropriately. Water more frequently for newly transplanted or purchased plants to keep the soil consistently moist for at least 2 weeks. Avoid overwatering, do not water when there is water on your finger after touching the soil. Both underwatering and overwatering can cause plants to drop their flowers or fruit.
Step 4
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Fertilizing
Don't fertilize just after purchase. Fertilize after 2 weeks using half concentration.
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English Lavender Watering Instructions
English lavender is native to the Mediterranean region, particularly in areas such as France, Italy, and Spain. It naturally thrives in well-drained soil and requires full sun exposure to flourish. The Mediterranean climate provides mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers which shape english lavender's watering requirements. It is essential to water english lavender sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it is crucial to mimic its native environment by providing infrequent, deep waterings.
When Should I Water My English Lavender?
Introduction
Proper and timely watering plays a crucial role in maintaining the overall health and development of the english lavender. It contributes to its optimal growth, vibrant flower production, and resistance against diseases. Therefore, understanding the appropriate signals indicating when the plant should be watered is essential.
Soil Moisture: Dryness
A clear sign of when english lavender needs water is the dryness of the soil. This can be checked by inserting your finger into the soil around the plant's base. If the top 1 to 2 inches of soil are dry to the touch, this means the plant most likely requires watering.
Leaf Condition: Wilted or Lackluster Leaves
The condition of the leaves of english lavender can also be a reliable indicator of watering needs. If the leaves appear wilted, lackluster, or begin to lose their vibrant color, tending to fade or yellow, these are indicative of the plant being under-watered.
Pre-Flowering Stage: Bud Formation
English lavender particularly requires watering during its pre-flowering or bud formation stage. A lack of water during this critical period may result in bud drop, preventing the plant from flowering fully.
Temperature and Sunlight Exposure
English lavender has a high water requirement during warm temperatures and high sunlight exposure periods. Therefore, one must ensure proper watering if these conditions are persistent.
Early Watering Risks
Watering english lavender too early, when the soil is still moist, could risk root rot, fungus infestation, and other root diseases due to over-watering.
Late Watering Risks
Watering english lavender too late, when it has been excessively dry for an extended period, could risk temporary wilting and might stunt the plant's growth. In extreme conditions, it can lead to plant death due to dehydration.
Conclusion
Understanding these signs is critical to effectively manage the watering schedule for the english lavender. Proper water management not only encourages its growth and flowering but also prolongs its lifespan and maintains plant health.
How Should I Water My English Lavender?
Watering Sensitivities
English lavender, or Lavandula angustifolia, is a drought-resistant plant that prefers a well-draining soil. Overwatering is a common cause of root rot and wilt, therefore, it is essential to ensure good moisture control.
Effective Watering Techniques
For optimal hydration, two effective methods are direct-watering and bottom-watering. Direct-watering should be done using a watering can with a long spout that allows you to target water directly to the base of the plant while avoiding the foliage. Bottom-watering, where the pot is placed in a tray of water, encouraging the roots to absorb moisture from the bottom, can be useful to minimize the risk of overwatering or causing water to collect and stagnate in the center of the plant.
Beneficial Watering Equipment
Using a moisture meter can be particularly beneficial for correctly watering english lavender. This tool will allow you to get accurate readings of the soil's moisture levels, helping you avoid both over-watering and under-watering.
Areas to Focus on During Watering
When watering english lavender, concentrate on providing moisture to the base of the plant rather than the foliage. The leaves of english lavender are prone to disease if they become overly wet. Aim to keep the foliage as dry as possible, particularly during damp or humid weather.
Areas to Avoid During Watering
Avoid wetting the center of english lavender and its foliage to prevent the onset of disease and rot. This delicate plant does not take well to constant moist conditions in its core and leaves.
How Much Water Does English Lavender Really Need?
Introduction
English lavender is a plant native to the Mediterranean region, where it grows in sunny and dry climates. The plant is well-adapted to drought conditions and has specific hydration needs to thrive.
Optimal Watering Quantity
English lavender requires well-drained soil and does not tolerate excessive moisture. The optimal watering quantity for this plant is to provide a deep watering session once a week, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. To determine the amount of water needed, consider factors such as pot size, root depth, and the size of the plant. A good rule of thumb is to water the plant until the soil is thoroughly moistened, but not soaking wet. It's important to ensure the water reaches the bottom of the pot to adequately hydrate the plant's root system.
Signs of Proper Hydration
Properly hydrated English lavender will have healthy and vibrant leaves, with no signs of wilting or drooping. The plant should also produce abundant and colorful flowers during the blooming season. Additionally, the soil should feel slightly dry to the touch before the next watering session.
Signs of Under or Over-watering
Under-watered English lavender may display wilted leaves and a droopy appearance. The soil may also become extremely dry and compacted. Over-watering can lead to root rot and fungal diseases. Signs of over-watering include yellowing leaves, the presence of mold or fungus on the soil surface, and a waterlogged soil texture.
Risks of Improper Watering
Giving English lavender too much water can lead to root damage, root rot, and poor growth. On the other hand, under-watering can cause stunted growth, reduced vitality, and a decrease in flower production. It's important to strike a balance between providing sufficient hydration and avoiding excessive moisture.
Additional Advice
In order to promote healthy root development and prevent root rot, it is recommended to plant English lavender in well-drained soil and choose a pot with drainage holes. It's also beneficial to add organic matter, such as compost, to improve the soil's moisture retention capacity. Finally, it's important to monitor watering needs during the plant's active growing season and adjust accordingly based on weather conditions and the plant's overall health.
How Often Should I Water English Lavender?
Every week
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What Kind of Water is Best for English Lavender?
Water Type Guide for english lavender
Water Sensitivity: Moderate - english lavender prefers well-draining soil and should not be overly saturated with water.
Water Types
Distilled Water: Ideal for english lavender as it is pure and free of contaminants and minerals. Rainwater: Another excellent option for english lavender as it is natural and free of chemicals. Tap Water (dechlorinated): Can be used if no other water sources are available, but it should be treated to remove chlorine. Filtered Water: Suitable for english lavender as long as it removes any harmful contaminants.
Contaminant Sensitivities
Chlorine Sensitivity: english lavender is sensitive to chlorine in tap water, which can cause leaf burn and overall stress. Fluoride Sensitivity: english lavender may be sensitive to high levels of fluoride in tap water. Mineral Sensitivities: english lavender can be affected by excessive amounts of certain minerals, such as sodium or boron.
Water Treatments
Dechlorination: It is recommended to let tap water sit out for at least 24 hours before using it on english lavender. This allows the chlorine to evaporate and makes it safer for the plant. Filtration: Using a water filter can help remove chlorine, fluoride, and other contaminants from tap water, making it suitable for english lavender.
Water Temperature Preferences
Moderate - english lavender generally prefers water at room temperature (around 68-72°F or 20-22°C). Avoid using water that is too cold or too hot, as extreme temperatures can shock the plant.
How Do English Lavender's Watering Needs Change with the Seasons?
How to Water english lavender in Spring?
During spring, english lavender experiences its active growth phase. It is essential to maintain consistent soil moisture to support healthy growth. Water regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist.
How to Water english lavender in Summer?
In summer, english lavender may enter a drought period where it undergoes natural dormancy to conserve energy. Reduce watering frequency, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings.
How to Water english lavender in Autumn?
During autumn, english lavender prepares for winter dormancy. Gradually decrease the frequency of watering as the plant enters its dormant phase. Ensure the soil remains lightly moist.
How to Water english lavender in Winter?
In winter, english lavender experiences its dormant period. Water sparingly as the plant requires minimal moisture during this time. Allow the topsoil to dry out between waterings.
What Expert Tips Can Enhance English Lavender Watering Routine?
Moisture Meter
Using a moisture meter can help assess english lavender's deeper soil moisture needs and prevent over or under-watering. This plant prefers its soil to be mostly dry before the next watering, and a meter can effectively measure this.
Watering Time
Watering english lavender early in the morning allows the water to penetrate the soil thoroughly before the high evaporation rates of mid-day. It also helps prevent fungal diseases by minimizing the plant's exposure to dampness.
Common Misconception
Many gardeners mistakenly believe that english lavender requires frequent watering due to its association with English gardens. However, english lavender is more drought-tolerant than expected and prefers well-drained soil. Over-watering can lead to root rot.
Soil Moisture Assessment
To assess english lavender's soil moisture beyond the surface level, gently push your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, it's time to water. If it feels moist, wait a little longer before watering. Avoid solely relying on the surface appearance of the soil, as it can be misleading.
Signs of Thirst and Over-Watering
When english lavender is thirsty, its leaves may start to droop and curl, indicating a need for water. On the other hand, if the leaves yellow or develop spots, it may be a sign of over-watering. Pay attention to the plant's overall health and adjust watering accordingly.
Special Watering Conditions
During a heatwave, english lavender may need more frequent watering as the high temperatures increase its water requirements. However, be cautious not to over-water. If there is extended rain, reduce watering or pause it altogether to avoid waterlogged soil. When english lavender is stressed from factors like transplanting or disease, adjust watering to provide gentle, regular moisture without over-watering.
Considering Hydroponics? How to Manage a Water-Grown English Lavender?
Overview of Hydroponics
English lavender is a plant that can be successfully grown using hydroponics, which is a method of growing plants without soil. Hydroponics allows for precise control over the nutrient solution and water supply, leading to faster growth and higher yields.
Best Hydroponic System
The nutrient film technique (NFT) is well-suited for growing english lavender hydroponically. In this system, a shallow stream of nutrient solution continuously flows over the plant roots, providing ample oxygen and nutrients.
Nutrient Solution Requirements
For english lavender, a balanced nutrient solution with a pH range of 6.0-6.5 is ideal. The concentration of nutrients should be adjusted based on the plant's growth stage and can be maintained at an EC (electrical conductivity) of 1.2-1.6 mS/cm.
Frequency of Nutrient Change
The nutrient solution should be completely replaced every 2-3 weeks for english lavender in a hydroponic setup.
Challenges and Common Issues
When growing english lavender hydroponically, root rot can be a common issue if the root zone becomes waterlogged. To prevent this, ensure proper aeration and oxygenation of the nutrient solution. Nutrient imbalances can also occur, leading to deficiencies or toxicities. Regular monitoring and adjustments based on plant symptoms and nutrient testing are crucial.
Monitoring Plant Health
In a hydroponic setup, it's important to monitor english lavender's health by observing the color and condition of the leaves and roots. Pale or yellow leaves may indicate nutrient deficiencies, while dark or burnt leaf tips can signify nutrient imbalances. Wilting or root discoloration may indicate root rot or waterlogging.
Adjusting the Hydroponic Environment
As english lavender progresses through its growth stages, adjustments to lighting, nutrient strength, and water supply may be necessary. During the vegetative stage, provide 14-16 hours of light per day, gradually reducing to 8-10 hours during the flowering stage. Increase nutrient strength during flowering to support flower development. Regularly monitor and adjust pH and EC levels.
Nutrient Solution
English lavender prefers a balanced nutrient solution with a pH of 6.0-6.5 for optimal growth.
Root Rot Prevention
Ensure proper aeration and oxygenation of the nutrient solution to prevent root rot in english lavender.
Nutrient Imbalances
Regularly monitor pH and EC levels to avoid nutrient imbalances in english lavender while growing hydroponically.
Light Requirements
Provide 14-16 hours of light per day during the vegetative stage and gradually reduce to 8-10 hours during the flowering stage for english lavender in a hydroponic setup.
pH Adjustment
pH should be maintained within a range of 6.0-6.5 for english lavender's optimal growth in hydroponics.
EC Levels
Keep the electrical conductivity (EC) of the nutrient solution at 1.2-1.6 mS/cm for english lavender in a hydroponic system.
Important Symptoms
Overwatering Symptoms of English lavender
English lavender is more susceptible to developing disease symptoms when overwatered because it prefers a soil environment with moderate humidity. Symptoms of overwatering include yellowing leaves, brown or black spots, root rot...
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Brown or black spots
Excessive watering can damage the plant's root system, making it vulnerable to fungal infections. The plant may develop dark brown to black spots that spread upwards from the lower leaves which are usually the first to be affected.
Root rot
Excess water in the soil can lead to the growth of harmful fungi and bacteria, causing the roots to rot and eventually kill the plant.
Soft or mushy stems
Excess water can cause stems to become soft and mushy, as the cells become waterlogged and lose their structural integrity.
Increased susceptibility diseases
Overwatering plants may become more susceptible and diseases as their overall health declines, weakening their natural defenses.
Solutions
1. Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness. Wait for soil to dry before watering.2. Increase soil aeration by loosening surface and gently stirring with a wooden stick or chopstick.3. Optimize environment with good ventilation and warmth to enhance water evaporation and prevent overwatering.
Underwatering Symptoms of English lavender
English lavender is more susceptible to plant health issues when lacking watering, as it can only tolerate short periods of drought. Symptoms of dehydration include wilting, leaf curling, yellowing leaves...
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Wilting
Due to the dry soil and insufficient water absorption by the roots, the leaves of the plant will appear limp, droopy, and lose vitality.
Leaf curling
Leaves may curl inward or downward as they attempt to conserve water and minimize water loss through transpiration.
Increased susceptibility to pests and diseases
Underwatered plants may become more susceptible to pests and diseases as their overall health declines, weakening their natural defenses.
Dying plant
If underwatering continues for an extended period, the plant may ultimately die as a result of severe water stress and an inability to carry out essential functions.
Solutions
1. Thoroughly saturate soil with slow ring watering to ensure uniform and sufficient moisture for plants. 2. Increase air humidity with water trays or misting to slow leaf water evaporation. 3. Watering according to the recommended frequency.Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness.
Watering Troubleshooting for English Lavender
Why are the leaves on my english lavender turning yellow?
Yellow leaves can often be a sign of overwatering. English lavender prefers well-drained soil and can get root rot if overwatered. Adjust your watering schedule to allow the soil to dry out between watering. Also, ensure that your english lavender is planted in a pot or ground that drains well to prevent water logging.
The leaves of my english lavender are wilting, despite regular watering. What could be the problem?
While english lavender needs regular watering, it's possible to overwater which leads to waterlogged roots and wilting. Ensure that your watering schedule allows the soil to dry out between watering. If this problem persists even with a good watering schedule, consider checking the drainage of your pot or ground.
Why are the lower leaves of my english lavender turning brown?
Brown leaves, especially at the bottom, could be a sign of underwatering. English lavender likes to be moist, but not waterlogged. If the soil dries out too much, the plant can get dehydrated leading to brown leaves. Increase your watering frequency, but remember to still allow the soil to dry out in between to prevent overwatering.
Is it normal for english lavender to wilt after watering?
No, wilting after watering should not be happening. This can be a sign of water shock, especially if the water temperature is dramatically different from the plant temperature. When watering your english lavender, try to use water that is near room temperature and water slowly and gently to prevent shock.
Why is my english lavender not flowering despite regular watering?
English lavender also requires full sun exposure and well-drained soil in order to bloom well. Ensure you water it right, but also make sure it's getting the right amount of light and the soil is draining properly. Proper fertilization can also stimulate blooming, so consider a balanced, slow-release fertilizer during the growth period.
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Watch how sunlight gracefully moves through your garden, and choose spots that provide the perfect balance of light and shade for your plants, ensuring their happiness.
Essentials
English lavender flourishes in ample daylight locations, endorsing the plant's overall sound vitality. While it basks in bountiful light, it displays a certain resilience in dappled sunlit corners too. Originating from a sun-drenched environment, english lavender with inadequate sunlight may experience stunted growth and reduced essential oil production, whereas over exposure can burn the leaves. Various growth stages don't noticeably alter english lavender's sun necessities.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Insufficient Light in %s
English lavender thrives in full sunlight and is commonly grown outdoors where it receives ample sunlight. When placed in rooms with inadequate lighting, symptoms of light deficiency may not be readily apparent.
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Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your english lavender may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Slower or no new growth
English lavender enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Impact on flowering and fruiting
Your plant may not show obvious abnormalities due to insufficient sunlight, but it can have adverse effects on future flowering and fruiting.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Symptoms of Excessive light in %s
English lavender thrives in full sun exposure and can tolerate intense sunlight. With their remarkable resilience, symptoms of sunburn may not be easily visible, as they rarely suffer from it.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences. Learn about your plants' temperature needs and create a comforting environment for them to flourish. As you care for your plants, your bond with them will deepen. Trust your intuition as you learn about their temperature needs, celebrating the journey you share. Lovingly monitor the temperature around your plants and adjust their environment as needed. A thermometer can be your ally in this heartfelt endeavor. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you explore your plants' temperature needs. Cherish your successes, learn from challenges, and nurture your garden with love, creating a haven that reflects the warmth of your care.
Essentials
English lavender prefers temperatures between 41 to 95℉ (5 to 35 ℃). This plant is native to Mediterranean, where it grows in warm, sunny climates. In cooler climates, it may require additional winter protection or be brought indoors during frost.
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The Toxicity of English lavender
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Is English Lavender toxic to cat?
English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is toxic to cats because they lack the enzymes necessary to process the compounds linalool and linalyl acetate. Even licking the leaves of this plant may be enough to cause gastrointestinal distress, and ingestion often leads to vomiting. The concentrated essential oil of this plant is even more dangerous, with a risk of central nervous system and liver damage. A veterinarian should be contacted if symptoms become severe.
How to identify English Lavender
* The judgment on toxicity and danger is for reference only. We DO NOT GUARANTEE any accuracy of such judgment. Therefore, you SHALL NOT rely on such judgment. It is IMPORTANT TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE in advance when necessary.
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