What does it take to get a Lavender plant to bloom.
It is planted in full sun, and was in bloom when I planted it. In fact I
have two in the same area and neither one will bloom.
Thank you in advance !
Plants usually don't bloom because they don't have enough phosphorous
in them. If you will look on the back of a plant food container, there
are three numbers: 15-30-15. These three numbers represent
Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potash and each one is representative of what a
plant needs. If you want more leaves, get a plant food with a higher
first number, such as 30-15-15. If you want more flowers, get a plant
food with a higher middle number, such as 15-30-15. If you want more
fruit, get a plant food with a higher last number, such as 15-15-30.
The most common (and overused) type of food you will need for your
lavender is Miracle Grow, which is 15-30-15. Once you apply it, watch
out--that thing will never stop blooming. But don't use it on your
foliage or it will force them to bloom too.
Be careful with lavendar (and many other herbs). If you must apply
fertilizer, I recommend fish emulsion, diluted more than the
directions recommend. I have killed lavendar using fertilizer.
On 20 Mar 2005 05:43:18 -0800, "Beth Pierce"
|> |> Be careful with lavendar (and many other herbs). If you must apply|> fertilizer, I recommend fish emulsion, diluted more than the|> directions recommend. I have killed lavendar using fertilizer.
Yes, too much nitrogen (and water) can make plants grow lushly
and not bloom. Lavender is a Mediterranean plant, and is adapted
to poor soil and fairly dry summers (such as in much of California).
Good point, but I'm sure it also depends on the ph of the soil, too. I
did mention the word "overused" regarding Miracle Grow. That stuff is
used for everything and all the time and it can kill plants if
overused. I do much prefer fish emulsion for maintenance once the
plant has started a regular season of blooming after I have jumpstarted
it with a 15-30-15 fertilizer.
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