Lavender Leaves Turning Yellow: Causes & Fixes

I’m a huge lavender fan and seeing the beautiful flower’s leaves turn yellow breaks my heart. The fragrance is as luxurious as the looks which is why the royalty highness describes the color purple as the sophisticated shade of the color palette.  

Lavender symbolizes grace, calmness, peacefulness, devotion, and pure beauty. 

Fun Fact: Lavender is usually associated with “crown chakra” which is some kind of universal consciousness that people use during yoga times. Plus, it is the spiritual connection and the center of a positive mind or energy. The chakra crown is supposed to attach you to the divine.

Why Do Lavender Plants Turn Yellow?

The most common reasons for lavender leaves to turn yellow are potentially high nitrogen inside the soil, overwatering the plant, or maybe draining the lavender planted in the soil is the speed of a turtle.

If your lavender leaves are either yellow or brown, and most likely are drooping all over, or wilting, this indicates that the lavender has been overwatered or is in slow-draining soil and has not been soaked for a long time. 

Bear in mind that lavender is a drought-tolerant plant and handles peak heat without any problem, take it easy tiger. The only problem left here is you for not taking care of or excessive care of the plant. Either way, you’re doing worse than good.

Lavender leaves are yellow and leggy, and it has very few flowers, however, it does ache from soils with immoderate nitrogen.

My friends keep reading to find out exactly the reason why your lavender is turning yellow and how to fix it.

Unnecessary Fertilization 

The most common mistake that novice gardeners make is adding many nutrients that turn out to create harm. Specifically, nitrogen is the head of the department.

Overfeeding will kill the plant, you don’t want that, do you? So stop fertilizing because the habitat of lavender flowers is used to these poor and airy environments.

Check the stems to see any reaction because together with leaves, the stem will look like a leaning Pisa tower. If the leaves appear to be more than flowering, it is a sign of overfeeding again.

Improper Watering

The death of the lavender will be from your hands since the soil is soaking in the water, which indicates overwatering. Because the poor drainage and added water won’t let the plant breathe correctly, that is why the flower immediately reacts to the leaves.

Lavenders are adaptable types that can live much longer without water. Even if your region had gone through rainfall, abort the watering mission completely. Watering needs to be done when the soil is entirely dry.

Bear in mind that newly-planted and indoor lavender needs more frequent watering than the established version.

Fungal Disease Issues

The “benefits” of overwatering don’t end. Jokes aside, the root rot and excessive water left in the drainage or pot leads to the homecoming party of the pests.

By checking the soil and the leaves whether the mystery tinny little annoying creatures are hidden underneath. 

As a result of fungal disease, not only do leaves turn yellow but also the possibility of making the plant disappear is high.

Mistaken Pot & Container Size

I’ve noticed my neighbors planting a tiny piece of seedlings in a huge container, who in the right is doing that, at least not the newbies?

The chosen pot should match the size and should be deep and wide. The holes in the bottom are a must-have (do not pass this detail).

Incorrect Soil Choice

Imagine spending the rest of your life in poor conditions, you will suffer and eventually die. Apply the same scenario for lavender too. The poor thing suffocates and turns the leaves yellow.

How to Deal Successfully with Yellow Leaves of Lavender 

Enough with Watering

For the love of god stop watering the lavender whenever it crosses your mind. You don’t need random watering, but a schedule, this is how you should treat the sophisticated class of flowers. (Call them your highness).

Water the lavender once or twice a week after planting because the first stages of growth need more watering than established ones. When it reaches maturity, water the lavender once every 2 maybe 3 weeks. The soil dryness will tell exactly when and how much. In case of rainfall, avoid watering completely.

The Proper Preparation of the Soil + pH Level

The required type of sand if we divide in percentage should be 70% loam, and the left 30% should be sand. However, this isn’t an unwritten rule you can make minor changes in the lavender soil, so that is slightly airy.

In case the soil is acidic, my friends, add some wood ash. Do not even think about planting the lavender in that acidic soil.

The pH level better be between 6.5 to 7.5 for optimal growth. 

Make Pests Disappear

The pest and pet attack causes stress in the leaves and they turn yellow. Excessive watering sends the invitation to pests, now what?

Spittlebugs, whiteflies, aphids, snails, and fungi are the most common type that obsesses over lavender. By using pesticides and fungicides, you can get rid of unwanted insects.

Plus, it would be a better idea to transplant the plant indoors if possible, this way the chances of encountering pests are much less in comparison with outdoor ambient. 

A Brief Recap

As we have reached the end of the article, lavender is considered a highly sophisticated flower type and it asks for the same care.

Lavender is pretty drought-tolerant and doesn’t need too much watering, excessive water will turn the leaves yellow, plus it sends the invitation to pests and bacteria along with it.  

Pick the correct soil pH which is 6.5 to 7.5 (70% loam, 30% sand) to prevent the feast entertainment. Overfertilization and not a proper pot/container are most likely to turn the leaves yellow and eventually kill them.

Further Reading

May I get your attention for a moment? I can assure you our other articles are worth checking out.

Read the cause of euonymus plant yellow leaves or what’s the matter with the brown leaves of eucalyptus. Additionally, if you own another elegant plant, see what’s wrong with the fiddle leaves turning brown.  

Natalia Michalska

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