Lavender... how hardy are they.
How long do these plants live? I had 3 and one bush died.
People love my lavender bushes, and ask if I can give them a branch of it or split it. I am not sure that can be done. Even if it can and my plants are older, then what I give to people would die right?
How hardy are Lavender?
There's lot of different varieties of lavender grown now and some tolerate different conditions better than others. In general lavender plants prefer nice warm climates and free drainage – after all they originate from the Mediterranean area with its lovely climate and rocky well drained soils.
They usually die from rotting with too much water and/or cold damp conditions. They prefer tough conditions to pampering.
I know they can live for 20 years because I've seen it, but lavender's lifespan before it really gets old and gruesome is about 12 years. Cut the bushes back after flowering by at least one third to keep them compact.
Lavender grows easily from cuttings. Just break off a woody bit from the stem and put in water, trimming most of the leaves off. Pot up in soil or poke into damp garden, keep damp and roots should soon grow in spring. ~ Megan