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Topped lavender
Lavandula stoechas
Also known as : Butterfly lavender, Fringed lavender
The evergreen- topped lavender shrubs' flowers bloom in spring and summer, attracting bees and butterflies. They do well in landscaping or in pots. The flowers and leaves are fragrant and can be used for potpourri and essential oil. Interestingly, they also find use in insecticides.
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Care Guide for Topped lavender

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Topped lavender is prone to well-drained soils of dry to medium moisture. However, as it loves to be in full sun, gardeners may need to water regularly to retain moisture as topped lavender is sensitive to the heat.
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Topped lavender is sensitive to the use of fertilizer and may excessive nutrients will cause the plant to break apart. When needed, topped lavender can be treated with balanced time release fertilizer. Compost and worm casings can also be used, but mature plants should not be fertilized.
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Trim the diseased, withered leaves once a month.
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Sand, Loam, Chalky, Clay, Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
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Needs excellent drainage in pots.
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What is the best way to water my Topped lavender?
When watering the Topped 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 Topped 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 Topped lavender too much or too little?
Both overwatering and underwatering will be detrimental to the health of your Topped 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 Topped 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 Topped lavender have become brittle and brown.
It is crucial that you notice the signs of overwatering as soon as possible when caring for your Topped 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 Topped 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 Topped 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 Topped lavender?
If your plant is in a pot. The most precise way to decide whether your Topped 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 Topped 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 Topped lavender can show an admirable ability to withstand drought.
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How much water does my Topped lavender need?
When it comes time to water your Topped 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 Topped lavender at different growth stages?
The water needs of the Topped lavender can change depending on growth stages as well. For example, when your Topped 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 Topped 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 Topped 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 Topped lavender more water at this time.
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How should I water my Topped lavender through the seasons?
The Topped 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 Topped lavender will contract a disease.
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What's the difference between watering my Topped lavender indoors and outdoors?
It is most common to grow the Topped 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 Topped 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 Topped 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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Key Facts About Topped lavender

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Attributes of Topped lavender

Lifespan
Perennial, Annual
Plant Type
Herb, Shrub
Planting Time
Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer, Fall, Early winter
Bloom Time
Mid spring, Late spring, Summer
Harvest Time
All year around
Plant Height
30 cm to 1 m
Spread
60 cm to 90 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Gray
Silver
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Flower Color
Purple
White
Pink
Violet
Blue
Fruit Color
Brown
Stem Color
Green
Gray
Silver
Purple
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Evergreen
Ideal Temperature
20 - 35 ℃
Growth Season
Spring, Summer
Pollinators
Bees
Growth Rate
Moderate

Name story

Topped lavender||Butterfly lavender
Its abundant flowering and honey plant characteristics along with its scent attract bees and pollinators. The flowers are rather original with small ears that are surmounted by bracts forming a tufty top. Therefore, it is named butterfly or topped lavender.

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Devotion, purity, calm, beauty, silence

Usages

Garden Use
Topped lavender has long been used as a fragrant and decorative garden element. Both the foliage and the flowers have an attractive color and a fine texture, making them attractive ornamentals. Many people choose to mass plant it in pollinator gardens, and it will also appear in herb gardens, so the flowers can be harvested. It can be planted with other Mediterranean herbs such as Thyme, Sage, and Rosemary for a wonderful, fragrant garden.

Trivia and Interesting Facts

Topped lavender and other Lavandula species are used to produce essential oils and tea infusions, sold commercially and used in folk medicine. A scientific study quantifying the amount of toxic components of certain prepared lavender infusions in Turkey were measured. Toxic doses of camphor were discovered in these infusions.

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Brown blotch
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Brown blotch
Brown spot is a harmful plant disease, predominantly affecting Topped lavender. This fungal affliction typically results in browning and withering of the plant's leaves and stems alongside stunted growth, potentially leading to premature death if not properly addressed.
Leaf rot
Leaf rot
Leaf rot
Leaf rot significantly affects Topped lavender, causing extensive damage to the plant's health and vitality. The disease gives rise to myriad symptoms, including decaying foliage and shriveled roots, impacting the overall bloom and fragrance of Topped lavender. If left untreated, it can lead to plant death.
Wilting
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Wilting
Wilting is a common disease affecting Topped lavender, exhibiting symptoms like drooped leaves, stalk discoloration, and stunted growth. This disease significantly impairs plant health, causing potential death if untreated.
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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.
Underwatering
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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 Brown blotch Disease on Topped lavender?
What is Brown blotch Disease on Topped lavender?
Brown spot is a harmful plant disease, predominantly affecting Topped lavender. This fungal affliction typically results in browning and withering of the plant's leaves and stems alongside stunted growth, potentially leading to premature death if not properly addressed.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The symptoms of Brown Spot disease in Topped lavender typically appear as irregular, brown lesions on leaves and stems. Over time, these discolored patches may increase in size and number, potentially causing leaves to wither and drop prematurely. In severe cases, substantial defoliation and stem dieback can occur.
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Topped lavender?
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Topped lavender?
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Fungus
Cercospora spp., a group of ascomycete fungi, are the primary culprits of brown spot, thriving in warm, moist conditions and leaving distinctive marks on the plant's foliage.
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Environment
Extended periods of wet, humid weather significantly exacerbate the spread and severity of the brown spot disease.
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Topped lavender?
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Topped lavender?
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Plant hygiene: Regularly clear the area around Topped lavender from decaying plant material to prevent fungal spores from spreading.

Proper irrigation: Avoid excessive watering to keep the surroundings less conducive to fungal growth.

Isolation: If a plant is affected, immediately isolate it from others to prevent the disease from spreading.
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Fungicide application: Apply a broad-spectrum fungicide that lists Cercospora or 'brown spot' on its label, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Repeat applications: Depending on the severity, further applications may be required. Always follow package instructions regarding frequency and amount.
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What is Leaf rot Disease on Topped lavender?
What is Leaf rot Disease on Topped lavender?
Leaf rot significantly affects Topped lavender, causing extensive damage to the plant's health and vitality. The disease gives rise to myriad symptoms, including decaying foliage and shriveled roots, impacting the overall bloom and fragrance of Topped lavender. If left untreated, it can lead to plant death.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Topped lavender infected with leaf rot often displays symptoms like brown, decaying leaves and withered roots, giving the plant a faded or wilted appearance. The foliage may take on a water-soaked appearance and consistently damp conditions can promote the rot further.
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on Topped lavender?
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on Topped lavender?
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Fungus
Leaf rot is primarily caused by a fungal infection, often triggered by the pathogen known as Phytophthora. Excess moisture and poor water management contribute to the fungus proliferation.
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Overwatering
Overwatering contributes to the development of leaf rot, providing abundant moisture that allows Phytophthora to thrive and attack the plant's systems.
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on Topped lavender?
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on Topped lavender?
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Repotting: Moving the plant to a pot with better drainage can help control water accumulation, thereby curbing fungal growth.

Water management: Rationalizing the frequency of watering and balancing moisture levels can help fight the disease.
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Fungicide application: Benzimidazole fungicides or other suitable products may be used to treat leaf rot initially or in advanced stages.
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What is Wilting Disease on Topped lavender?
What is Wilting Disease on Topped lavender?
Wilting is a common disease affecting Topped lavender, exhibiting symptoms like drooped leaves, stalk discoloration, and stunted growth. This disease significantly impairs plant health, causing potential death if untreated.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Topped lavender typically shows wilting symptoms like drooping leaves, declining health, and stunted growth. Additionally, the plant may exhibit discoloration, specifically a browning or yellowing of stalk and foliage.
What Causes Wilting Disease on Topped lavender?
What Causes Wilting Disease on Topped lavender?
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Fungal pathogens
These microscopic organisms thrive in moist conditions and penetrate the plant's roots, obstructing water transport.
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Overwatering
Excessive moisture encourages fungal growth and can lead to root suffocation, resulting in wilting.
How to Treat Wilting Disease on Topped lavender?
How to Treat Wilting Disease on Topped lavender?
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Regular inspections: Maintain close observation for early symptoms to enable swift action.

Proper watering: Overwatering predisposes Topped lavender to wilting; hence, it is necessary to ensure the plant is watered appropriately.
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Fungicide application: Suitable fungicides can help control the spread of fungal pathogens. Always consult with a gardening expert for the best options.
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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.
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  • 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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Distribution of Topped lavender

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Dry hills, garigue, open woods
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You'll find topped lavender (Lavandula stoechas) in the wild in several African and European countries circling the Mediterranean Sea. This plant has also been introduced to the Kalifornien and New Zealand's North Island, where it loves dry hills and open woods. This lavender has attractive flowers that reward gardeners.
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Every 1-2 weeks
Topped lavender hails from regions in the Mediterranean, including Portugal, Spain, and France. It is well-suited to dry, rocky terrain with full sun exposure. In its native environment, topped lavender is adapted to relatively low annual rainfall and high humidity levels. As a result, it is important to mimic these conditions when watering this plant. Topped lavender prefers well-draining soil and requires watering only when the top inch of soil feels dry. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's crucial to strike a balance and avoid waterlogged conditions.
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Lighting
Full sun
Topped lavender cherishes generous exposure to the sun's rays for its thriving growth. Originating from a habitat drenched in abundant sunlight, it has adapted to capture ample light needed for photosynthesis. However, it can also withstand moderate sunlight conditions. Oversaturation or scarcity of sunlight could, nonetheless, hamper the plant's growth.
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Temperature
0 - 41 ℃
Topped lavender is native to temperate regions, ideally thriving in 68 to 95 °F (20 to 35 ℃). Maintain temperatures within this range for optimal growth. Seasonal adjustments may be necessary to mimic its native climate.
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Transplant
18-24 inches
The prime time to transplant topped lavender is during early to late fall, as the cooler temperatures encourage strong root growth. Ensure you choose a sunny spot with well-draining soil. When transplanting, gently loosen the root ball to promote better establishment. Happy planting!
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Pollination
Normal
The captivating topped lavender relies primarily on bees to transfer pollen. The plant uses visual and olfactory cues, including vibrant colors and pleasing scents to attract these industrious workers. When a bee lands on the topped lavender, it triggers a unique mechanism which facilitates pollen transfer onto the bee's body. This successful pollination is often times in sync with the bee's foraging schedule, commonly during daytime hours.
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Overwinter
0 - 41 ℃
Topped lavender hails from the warm Mediterranean climate. Adaptable to winter, it manages to withstand lower temperatures but despises excess moisture. To mimic topped lavender's native habitat during colder months, gardeners should ensure well-drained soil and consider a sheltered location to protect it from harsh, wet winters. Little winter pruning is required, though removing faded flowers encourages a denser shape for the following growing season.
Winter Techniques
Pruning
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Recognized for its butterfly-attracting blooms and evergreen foliage, topped lavender thrives with regular pruning to maintain shape and encourage robust flowering. Trim lightly after the first flowering to promote a second bloom, and conduct a more significant cutback in late summer or fall, avoiding harsh winter cuts. This pruning enhances air circulation and rejuvenates growth. Target old, woody stems for selective removal, ensuring cut just above new shoots. Regular pruning also prevents legginess and maintains topped lavender's compact form.
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Propagation
Spring, Summer
Topped lavender is ideally propagated during spring and summer through cuttings. This process may present a moderate difficulty, with successful signs including new growth and root formation. Maintain optimal moisture levels for best results.
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Brown spot is a harmful plant disease, predominantly affecting Topped lavender. This fungal affliction typically results in browning and withering of the plant's leaves and stems alongside stunted growth, potentially leading to premature death if not properly addressed.
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Leaf rot
Leaf rot significantly affects Topped lavender, causing extensive damage to the plant's health and vitality. The disease gives rise to myriad symptoms, including decaying foliage and shriveled roots, impacting the overall bloom and fragrance of Topped lavender. If left untreated, it can lead to plant death.
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Wilting
Wilting is a common disease affecting Topped lavender, exhibiting symptoms like drooped leaves, stalk discoloration, and stunted growth. This disease significantly impairs plant health, causing potential death if untreated.
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Northwest
Topped lavender harmonizes well with a Northwest-facing direction, often associated with personal growth, travel, and wisdom in Feng Shui principles. Due to its healing and soothing properties, it nurtures a sense of calm and wisdom, very fitting in such a sector. However, interpretations can vary so personal intuition plays a useful role.
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Lavandula stoechas
Also known as: Butterfly lavender, Fringed lavender
The evergreen- topped lavender shrubs' flowers bloom in spring and summer, attracting bees and butterflies. They do well in landscaping or in pots. The flowers and leaves are fragrant and can be used for potpourri and essential oil. Interestingly, they also find use in insecticides.
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Attributes of Topped lavender

Lifespan
Perennial, Annual
Plant Type
Herb, Shrub
Planting Time
Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer, Fall, Early winter
Bloom Time
Mid spring, Late spring, Summer
Harvest Time
All year around
Plant Height
30 cm to 1 m
Spread
60 cm to 90 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Gray
Silver
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Flower Color
Purple
White
Pink
Violet
Blue
Fruit Color
Brown
Stem Color
Green
Gray
Silver
Purple
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Evergreen
Ideal Temperature
20 - 35 ℃
Growth Season
Spring, Summer
Pollinators
Bees
Growth Rate
Moderate
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Topped lavender||Butterfly lavender
Its abundant flowering and honey plant characteristics along with its scent attract bees and pollinators. The flowers are rather original with small ears that are surmounted by bracts forming a tufty top. Therefore, it is named butterfly or topped lavender.

Symbolism

Devotion, purity, calm, beauty, silence

Usages

Garden Use
Topped lavender has long been used as a fragrant and decorative garden element. Both the foliage and the flowers have an attractive color and a fine texture, making them attractive ornamentals. Many people choose to mass plant it in pollinator gardens, and it will also appear in herb gardens, so the flowers can be harvested. It can be planted with other Mediterranean herbs such as Thyme, Sage, and Rosemary for a wonderful, fragrant garden.

Trivia and Interesting Facts

Topped lavender and other Lavandula species are used to produce essential oils and tea infusions, sold commercially and used in folk medicine. A scientific study quantifying the amount of toxic components of certain prepared lavender infusions in Turkey were measured. Toxic doses of camphor were discovered in these infusions.

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Brown blotch
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Brown spot is a harmful plant disease, predominantly affecting Topped lavender. This fungal affliction typically results in browning and withering of the plant's leaves and stems alongside stunted growth, potentially leading to premature death if not properly addressed.
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Leaf rot
Leaf rot Leaf rot
Leaf rot significantly affects Topped lavender, causing extensive damage to the plant's health and vitality. The disease gives rise to myriad symptoms, including decaying foliage and shriveled roots, impacting the overall bloom and fragrance of Topped lavender. If left untreated, it can lead to plant death.
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Wilting
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Wilting is a common disease affecting Topped lavender, exhibiting symptoms like drooped leaves, stalk discoloration, and stunted growth. This disease significantly impairs plant health, causing potential death if untreated.
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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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Flower withering
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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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Underwatering
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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 Brown blotch Disease on Topped lavender?
What is Brown blotch Disease on Topped lavender?
Brown spot is a harmful plant disease, predominantly affecting Topped lavender. This fungal affliction typically results in browning and withering of the plant's leaves and stems alongside stunted growth, potentially leading to premature death if not properly addressed.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The symptoms of Brown Spot disease in Topped lavender typically appear as irregular, brown lesions on leaves and stems. Over time, these discolored patches may increase in size and number, potentially causing leaves to wither and drop prematurely. In severe cases, substantial defoliation and stem dieback can occur.
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Topped lavender?
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Topped lavender?
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Fungus
Cercospora spp., a group of ascomycete fungi, are the primary culprits of brown spot, thriving in warm, moist conditions and leaving distinctive marks on the plant's foliage.
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Environment
Extended periods of wet, humid weather significantly exacerbate the spread and severity of the brown spot disease.
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Topped lavender?
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Topped lavender?
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Plant hygiene: Regularly clear the area around Topped lavender from decaying plant material to prevent fungal spores from spreading.

Proper irrigation: Avoid excessive watering to keep the surroundings less conducive to fungal growth.

Isolation: If a plant is affected, immediately isolate it from others to prevent the disease from spreading.
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Fungicide application: Apply a broad-spectrum fungicide that lists Cercospora or 'brown spot' on its label, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Repeat applications: Depending on the severity, further applications may be required. Always follow package instructions regarding frequency and amount.
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Leaf rot
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What is Leaf rot Disease on Topped lavender?
What is Leaf rot Disease on Topped lavender?
Leaf rot significantly affects Topped lavender, causing extensive damage to the plant's health and vitality. The disease gives rise to myriad symptoms, including decaying foliage and shriveled roots, impacting the overall bloom and fragrance of Topped lavender. If left untreated, it can lead to plant death.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Topped lavender infected with leaf rot often displays symptoms like brown, decaying leaves and withered roots, giving the plant a faded or wilted appearance. The foliage may take on a water-soaked appearance and consistently damp conditions can promote the rot further.
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on Topped lavender?
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on Topped lavender?
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Fungus
Leaf rot is primarily caused by a fungal infection, often triggered by the pathogen known as Phytophthora. Excess moisture and poor water management contribute to the fungus proliferation.
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Overwatering
Overwatering contributes to the development of leaf rot, providing abundant moisture that allows Phytophthora to thrive and attack the plant's systems.
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on Topped lavender?
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on Topped lavender?
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Repotting: Moving the plant to a pot with better drainage can help control water accumulation, thereby curbing fungal growth.

Water management: Rationalizing the frequency of watering and balancing moisture levels can help fight the disease.
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Fungicide application: Benzimidazole fungicides or other suitable products may be used to treat leaf rot initially or in advanced stages.
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What is Wilting Disease on Topped lavender?
What is Wilting Disease on Topped lavender?
Wilting is a common disease affecting Topped lavender, exhibiting symptoms like drooped leaves, stalk discoloration, and stunted growth. This disease significantly impairs plant health, causing potential death if untreated.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Topped lavender typically shows wilting symptoms like drooping leaves, declining health, and stunted growth. Additionally, the plant may exhibit discoloration, specifically a browning or yellowing of stalk and foliage.
What Causes Wilting Disease on Topped lavender?
What Causes Wilting Disease on Topped lavender?
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Fungal pathogens
These microscopic organisms thrive in moist conditions and penetrate the plant's roots, obstructing water transport.
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Overwatering
Excessive moisture encourages fungal growth and can lead to root suffocation, resulting in wilting.
How to Treat Wilting Disease on Topped lavender?
How to Treat Wilting Disease on Topped lavender?
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Regular inspections: Maintain close observation for early symptoms to enable swift action.

Proper watering: Overwatering predisposes Topped lavender to wilting; hence, it is necessary to ensure the plant is watered appropriately.
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Fungicide application: Suitable fungicides can help control the spread of fungal pathogens. Always consult with a gardening expert for the best options.
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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.
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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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Distribution of Topped lavender

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Dry hills, garigue, open woods
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You'll find topped lavender (Lavandula stoechas) in the wild in several African and European countries circling the Mediterranean Sea. This plant has also been introduced to the Kalifornien and New Zealand's North Island, where it loves dry hills and open woods. This lavender has attractive flowers that reward gardeners.
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Topped Lavender Watering Instructions
Topped lavender hails from regions in the Mediterranean, including Portugal, Spain, and France. It is well-suited to dry, rocky terrain with full sun exposure. In its native environment, topped lavender is adapted to relatively low annual rainfall and high humidity levels. As a result, it is important to mimic these conditions when watering this plant. Topped lavender prefers well-draining soil and requires watering only when the top inch of soil feels dry. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's crucial to strike a balance and avoid waterlogged conditions.
When Should I Water My Topped Lavender?
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Proper and timely watering plays a crucial role in maintaining the overall health and development of the topped 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
One clear indicator that topped lavender requires watering is the moisture level of the soil. Check the top 1 to 2 inches of soil by inserting your finger or a moisture meter into the soil. If it feels dry to the touch, it's time to water the plant.
Leaf Wilting
When topped lavender's leaves begin to droop or wilt, it is a sign that the plant needs water. Inspect the leaves for signs of wilting, such as a limp or sagging appearance, and provide water promptly if observed.
Stunted Growth
If topped lavender's growth appears stunted or slows down significantly, it may indicate a lack of water. Compare the plant's growth to its usual rate, and if there is a noticeable difference, watering is required.
Flower Fading
When topped lavender's flowers start to fade or lose their vibrant color, it can be an indication that the plant is not receiving adequate water. Inspect the color and overall appearance of the flowers to determine if watering is necessary.
Dry and Cracked Soil
If the soil surrounding topped lavender becomes excessively dry and starts to crack, this is a clear sign that the plant needs water. Cracked soil indicates severe dehydration, and immediate watering is essential.
Risk of Overwatering
Overwatering topped lavender can lead to root rot, fungal growth, and other diseases. Always check the soil moisture level before watering to avoid excessive watering.
Risk of Underwatering
Neglecting to water topped lavender when it requires moisture can result in leaf discoloration, wilting, and even the plant's death in severe cases. Regularly monitor the plant's signals to prevent underwatering.
Conclusion
Recognizing these signs and conditions is crucial for watering topped lavender at optimal times, ensuring its health and longevity. Paying attention to the plant's soil moisture, leaf condition, growth rate, and flower appearance will help maintain a healthy watering schedule.
How Should I Water My Topped Lavender?
Watering Requirements
Topped lavender, has specific watering needs and sensitivities that should be considered for optimal hydration.
Watering Technique
For topped lavender, it is best to water it deeply and infrequently. The soil should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent root rot. When watering, it is important to avoid wetting the foliage as this can lead to disease. Instead, focus on watering at the base of the plant to ensure the roots receive adequate hydration.
Watering Can Type
When using a watering can for topped lavender, choose one with a narrow spout to direct the water flow directly to the base of the plant. This helps to avoid wetting the foliage excessively and promotes targeted hydration at the root level.
How Much Water Does Topped Lavender Really Need?
Introduction
The Lavandula stoechas, commonly known as 'topped lavender,' is a Mediterranean native that is naturally acclimated to dry, rocky, and poor soil conditions. This gives it a high resilience to drought, making it essential to avoid overwatering.
Plant Size Water Requirement
A full-sized 'topped lavender' plant, approximately 24 to 36 inches in height, generally requires a moderate amount of water. Smaller plants or those in smaller pots will require less water, while larger plants or those in larger pots will require more.
Pot Size & Root Depth
The 'topped lavender' has a root depth that reaches well below the surface. This means that when watering, it's not enough to merely wet the surface soil; the water must penetrate deeply. For a pot size of 12-16 inches in diameter, ensure you water slowly until you begin to see a small amount of runoff water from the bottom. This ensures the water has reached the bottom of the pot.
Indicators of Adequate Watering
The 'topped lavender' is well-watered when the soil is moist but not waterlogged. If the leaves appear wilted or brown, it may signal under-watering. Conversely, yellow leaves often indicate overwatering. One good practice is the 'Finger Test:' insert your finger up to the second knuckle in the soil. If the soil feels dry, the plant needs water.
Watering Risks
Over-watering the 'topped lavender' can lead to root rot, a potentially fatal condition for plants. Under-watering, while far less dangerous, can lead to the plant wilting and potentially dying if left for too long without proper hydration.
How Often Should I Water Topped Lavender?
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What Kind of Water is Best for Topped Lavender?
Ideal Water Type for topped lavender
Rainwater is the most beneficial type for topped lavender, followed by distilled or filtered water. Tap water is acceptable, but please ensure it is free of high levels of minerals, fluoride, and chlorine, which can negatively impact the plant's health.
Chlorine Sensitivity
Topped lavender moderately tolerates chlorine. However, for healthier growth, prefer using water that has been left out for 24 hours, allowing chlorine to evaporate naturally.
Fluoride Sensitivity
Topped lavender has low tolerance towards fluoride. Long term exposure to high fluoride levels in water can inhibit the growth of this plant. Hence derived from a clean source, distilled, rainwater, or filtered water is optimal.
Mineral Content
Topped lavender prefers water with lower levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium, which can accumulate in the soil and may affect the nutrient absorption negatively. Hence, hard tap water is not recommended.
Water Treatment
If tap water is used, set it aside uncovered for at least 24 hours to allow chlorine to dissipate naturally. Alternatively, using a water filter can also help to remove any excess minerals, chlorine, and fluoride, ensuring healthier growth for topped lavender.
Water Temperature
Topped lavender prefers water at room temperature. Cold water might lead to root shock, while hot water can cause root damage.
How Do Topped Lavender's Watering Needs Change with the Seasons?
How to Water topped lavender in Spring?
Spring marks a period of active growth for topped lavender. As temperatures rise, it will require more water to aid this process. However, keep in mind to water only when the soil is dry to touch. Overwatering can lead to 'root rot' and hamper the plant's development. It's on this season that the plant will start to bloom, hence extra care should be taken.
How to Water topped lavender in Summer?
During summertime, topped lavender experiences an increased rate of evapotranspiration due to high temperatures. This necessitates consistent watering to counteract the loss of moisture from the plant's foliage and soil. However, this doesn't mean the plant need to be soaked. Water deeply and infrequently to encourage roots to grow deeper and make the plant more resistant to drought.
How to Water topped lavender in Autumn?
Topped lavender's watering requirements start to diminish in autumn. As daylight hours decrease and temperatures drop, the plant's growth rate slows down. This means less water is needed. Water your topped lavender sparingly during this period, only when the soil feels dry. This adaptation is a measure to protect its roots from potential winter frosts.
How to Water topped lavender in Winter?
Winter is the dormant period for most plants and topped lavender is no exception. Its watering needs are minimal at this time. However, it doesn't mean you should leave it too dry. The objective should be to avoid the plant from dehydrating completely while preventing water-logging. Water sparingly, only when you feel the topsoil is getting too dry.
What Expert Tips Can Enhance Topped Lavender Watering Routine?
Depth of Watering
When watering topped lavender, it's important to ensure that the water reaches the plant's root zone. Watering deeply, until water seeps out of the drainage holes, encourages the roots to grow deeper and makes the plant more drought-tolerant.
Mulching Benefits
Applying a layer of organic mulch around the base of topped lavender helps retain moisture in the soil, prevents weed growth, and regulates soil temperature. This can reduce the frequency of watering and create a more favorable environment for the plant.
Watering Frequency
Unlike some other varieties of lavender, topped lavender prefers slightly drier conditions. Watering once every 7-10 days should be sufficient, but adjust the frequency based on the weather conditions and soil moisture levels.
Finger Test
To check if topped lavender needs watering, insert your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry at that depth, it's time to water. Avoid relying solely on the surface appearance of the soil, as it can be misleading.
Avoid Overhead Watering
To prevent water sitting on the foliage, which can increase the risk of diseases, avoid overhead watering. Instead, use a soaker hose, drip irrigation system, or water directly at the base of the plant.
Reduce Watering During Winter
In winter, when topped lavender is in its dormant phase, reduce the frequency of watering to prevent waterlogged soil. Allow the top few inches of soil to dry out between waterings.
Signs of Thirst
When topped lavender is thirsty, its foliage may appear droopy or the leaves may start to curl inward. Monitor the plant closely for these signs and water appropriately.
Signs of Over-Watering
Over-watering topped lavender can lead to root rot and other issues. Signs of over-watering include yellowing leaves, lack of new growth, and a persistent, waterlogged soil. Adjust watering accordingly if these signs are observed.
Watering During Heatwaves
During heatwaves, topped lavender may require more frequent watering to cope with the increased evaporation. Check the soil moisture regularly and increase watering as needed, while ensuring proper drainage.
Watering During Extended Rain
If topped lavender is receiving significant rainfall, avoid watering excessively. Monitor the soil moisture and reduce watering frequency or duration to prevent waterlogging.
Watering During Plant Stress
When topped lavender is experiencing stress, such as transplant shock or extreme temperature fluctuations, it may benefit from a little extra water to support its recovery. Just be cautious not to over-water.
Avoid Wetting Foliage
Wetting topped lavender's foliage can promote the growth of diseases. To avoid this, direct water at the base of the plant, making sure to wet the soil rather than the leaves.
Considering Hydroponics? How to Manage a Water-Grown Topped Lavender?
Introduction
Topped lavender often finds great success in hydroponic systems. Its adaptation to dry and harsh Mediterranean conditions make it suitable for hydroponics, as it requires less water than many other plants. This advantage, coupled with potential for high yield, makes hydroponics a consideration for topped lavender cultivators.
Best Hydroponic System
Deep Water Culture (DWC) is a recommended system for topped lavender, due to its simplicity and efficiency. This system provides a continuous supply of oxygenated nutrient solution, directly benefiting oxygen-loving roots of topped lavender.
Nutrient Solution
Topped lavender prefers a balanced nutrient solution with a pH of 6.0-7.5 for optimal growth. The nutrient solution should be changed every two weeks to prevent nutrient imbalances.
Challenges
Consider the risk of root rot due to overwatering in DWC system, and manage light exposure - topped lavender requires a good amount of sunlight to flourish. Be vigilant for pests or diseases that can proliferate in hydroponic systems, such as aphids and fungus gnats.
Monitoring Plant Health
Monitor coloration and stiffness of topped lavender's leaves for signs of stress. If they appear pale or wilted, it may indicate nutrient imbalances or pH issues. Additionally, roots should remain white and healthy, dark or slimy roots may indicate root rot.
Growth Stage Adjustments
During the vegetative stage, topped lavender needs a period of steady growth to develop its bushy shape. Keep nutrient concentrations lower during this stage, slowly increasing as it enters into more robust cultivation. For flower production, slightly higher phosphorus and lower nitrogen is advisable.
Beneficial Practices
Pruning and shape management are more important with hydroponically grown topped lavender than soil-grown. Regular trimming not only allows for better light penetration and air circulation but can be used to enhance the bushy growth pattern as well.
Important Symptoms
Overwatering Symptoms of Topped lavender
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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 Topped lavender
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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 Topped Lavender
Why are the leaves of my topped lavender turning yellow?
Yellow leaves on a topped lavender are often a symptom of overwatering. This plant prefers dry conditions, and too much water can result in root rot, which leads to yellowing leaves. Fix this problem by letting the soil dry out before watering, and ensure your topped lavender is planted in well-draining soil to avoid excess moisture retention. If the issue persists, you might need to consider repotting your plant in new, dry soil.
The tips of my topped lavender's leaves are turning brown, what could be the problem?
Browning leaf tips in a topped lavender can be a sign of underwatering. Although topped lavender can tolerate drought, prolonged periods without water can cause the plant to dry out excessively. In this case, lightly water your plant more frequently, but ensure that the soil does not become waterlogged, because topped lavender does not do well in soggy soil.
Why is my topped lavender wilting despite correct watering?
Wilting in a topped lavender can be a sign of poor water drainage, leading to waterlogged roots. Even with proper watering, topped lavender requires well-draining soil to avoid excess water retention. To fix this, repot your plant in a container with good drainage and use a soil mix specifically designed for lavender, which typically includes components like sand or gravel to improve drainage.
My topped lavender looks shriveled and dry, how should I fix this?
A dry, shriveled look in a topped lavender may be a sign of insufficient watering. While this plant tolerates dry conditions, it still needs water to thrive. You might need to water your plant more often, particularly in the hotter months. However, be careful not to overcompensate and overwater. Always let the top layer of soil dry out between waterings.
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Essentials
Topped lavender cherishes generous exposure to the sun's rays for its thriving growth. Originating from a habitat drenched in abundant sunlight, it has adapted to capture ample light needed for photosynthesis. However, it can also withstand moderate sunlight conditions. Oversaturation or scarcity of sunlight could, nonetheless, hamper the plant's growth.
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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.
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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
Topped 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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Slower or no new growth
Topped 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.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your topped 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.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
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
Topped 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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Essentials
Topped lavender is native to temperate regions, ideally thriving in 68 to 95 °F (20 to 35 ℃). Maintain temperatures within this range for optimal growth. Seasonal adjustments may be necessary to mimic its native climate.
Regional wintering strategies
Topped lavender has strong cold resistance, so special frost protection measures are usually not necessary during winter. However, if the winter temperatures are expected to drop below {Limit_growth_temperature}, it is still important to provide cold protection. This can be achieved by covering the plant with materials such as soil or straw. Before the first freeze in autumn, it is recommended to water the plant abundantly, ensuring the soil remains moist and enters a frozen state. This helps prevent drought and water scarcity for the plant during winter and early spring.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Low Temperature in Topped lavender
Topped lavender is cold-tolerant and thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, although there may not be any noticeable changes during winter, there may be a decrease in sprouting or even no sprouting during springtime.
Solutions
In spring, remove any parts that have failed to sprout.
Symptoms of High Temperature in Topped lavender
During summer, Topped lavender should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the leaves of the plant may become lighter in color, prone to curling, susceptible to sunburn, and in severe cases, the entire plant may wilt and become dry.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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