Lavender Leaves Turn Yellow

Lavender Leaves Turn Yellow

Lavender plants are one of the best plants to grow on a lawn. Not only do they add beauty to the landscape. But they also have a sweet fragrance that can make outdoor spaces more inviting. Planting Lavenders make a great addition to any yard, garden, or floral arrangement.

It is one of the most versatile and easy thriving herbs related to a mint family. 

Lavenders will prosper in any season , making it a perfect choice for beginners and experienced gardeners. Further, they require very little maintenance, so they are perfect for busy homeowners who want to enjoy the beautiful lawn with a pleasant fragrance without all the work.

Planting lavenders are easy, but they can sometimes suffer from a condition called lavender yellowing. This is the situation when the lavenders gets yellowing leaves and fall off.

However, many yard owners have recently faced color swapping of their appealing lavenders. And now, they are searching for a solution to this trouble that they have recently met.

Are you also among those homeowners who still haven’t found the solution to lavenders foliage sudden discoloration?

Don’t worry; We’ve got you covered!

Just read this article, know the reason, find a solution to your long-term problem, and change your life-less yellow potted lavender into a lively purple bloom without hassle.

1. Why Is My Lavender Turning Yellow?

There are numerous causes of lavender getting yellow leaves. One possibility is that your lavenders are over-soaked. If you concentrate on the nature of the lavender, you will find out that this plant thrives on less water, unlike other plants.

Lavender planting requires little water and adequate sunlight daily to bloom gracefully. So, ensure water your purple bloom only when the soil is dry to the touch. Also, do avert excess sunlight.

Furthermore,  increased humidity, nutrient rich soil, no drainage holes, infectious pot, stress, and surplus nitrogen intake can also be the causes behind yellowing lavender growth that needs to be overcome once diagnosed. However, if you have your lavender for a few years and it suddenly starts turning yellow, that is probably why.

2. Reasons Why Lavender Turns Yellow Leaves

Lavender care tips


Lavender is a drought-tolerant that doesn’t need much fertilizer to thrive. Too much soil can cause the potted lavender to become leggy and produce less flowers.

If you think your Lavender is turning yellow because of over-fertilization, flush the soil with water to remove excess from the roots. 

Further, nutrient rich fertilizer can be the reason behind yellow leaves. So in the future, do amend the soil of potted Lavender with gravel sand so lavenders can avoid too many nutrients and receive fewer nitrogen levels in growing conditions.

However, with proper care, your Lavender will soon recover to its standard color.


Overwatering is a reason that needs to be focused on when your lavender leaves start turning yellow. Further, to fix yellow leaves on lavender plants, cut back the excess water you give the plant.

However, instead of flooding the lavenders until the soil is saturated, only water in the growing season once or twice until the top inch of soil is moist. This will help the plant’s roots to get well drain, acquire the recommended oxygen, and help to prevent root rot.

Compacted Soil

Lavender plants are susceptible to Chlorosis, which can cause their leaves to turn yellow. Chlorosis is often caused by the compacted soil, which prevents the plant from getting the essential ingredients it needs.

To prevent Chlorosis, loosen the soil around your lavender plants growth to make them airier with less touch of nitrogen.

However, to create a pot that is spacious, try to amend the soil with an ratio 50:50 of loam soil and sand soil before cultivation. This will not only make the soil light and  less nutrient but also provide adequate oxygen and place to drainage water from lavender roots to make them grow more gracefully.

High Humidity

If the air is too humid around lavender its leaves can turn yellow. There are several reasons why this might happen. One possibility is that the lavenders bloom in drier surroundings with less humidity.

Another reason can be the plant is not getting enough ventilation. If the plant is too stagnant, the plant can start to suffocate. 

Further, If you notice the plant is yellow, try to place it at a distance of 24 to 36 inches and move it to a brighter spot or open the window to let in more fresh air. Yet, for desired outcomes, use a dehumidifier to lower the humidity and moisture of soil around your lavenders.

Insufficient Sunlight

Lavender plants can turn their color yellow when they lack exposure to the sun. Usually, lavender plants need at least six hours of direct sunlight each other day to produce flowers. A yard owners, must place their lavender plant in the sunnier location, especially in the south.

It will help lavenders to take the recommended sunlight to grow healthier and pleasing yard plant.Yet if the lavenders did not receive adequate sunlight, there may be a chance that the entire plant will die in no time.

Diseased/Dying Plant

A few things to consider when determining if your lavender is diseased or dying.

First, check the leaves for signs of discoloration or wilting. If the leaves are yellowing or browning, this could signify root rot disease
Next, check the stems and branches for signs of weakness or breakage. If the stems are staging or breaking, this could be a sign that plants are dying.

Finally, check the signs of rot or decay. If the roots are blackened or mushy, this could be a sign that the plant is root rot from fungal disease like phytophthora fungi.

Further , it is crucial to remove root rot from the plants immediately and keep plant lavender far away from the infected or diseased plants to retain them in an ideal internal and external condition.


Lavender plants turn yellow for a variety of reasons. One of them is not having a ideal soil ph range.If you suspect a nutrient deficiency in lavenders, have their soil ph tested and amend it accordingly. 

Further, if the soil mix is found to be acidic, then it will be damaging for the living of lavenders. As a safety measure, ensure turning plant soil from acidic to neutral or alkaline and set the range between 6 to 8 to make potted lavenders healthy and thriving.

As by expert horticulturalists, a yard owner can set the soil ph in an optimal range by adding wood ash or lime to the fertilizer and can change its nature from acidic to alkaline to prevent lavenders from any discoloration or severe disease.

Causes of yellowing lavender

3.  Lavender Turning Yellow Due to Disease

Lavenders can turn yellow due to diseases. If you notice your lavender is turning yellow, it’s crucial to take action quickly to prevent the plant from dying.

Lavenders are susceptible to many infections that can cause them to turn yellow. One of them is powdery mildew, a fungal infection that is prone to the leaves of the plants with poor air ventilation that conserves wet soil. 

However, powdery mildew causes the lavender plant to turn yellow and eventually brown; it can also cause the flower production to fall off prematurely.

4. How Do You Fix Yellow Lavender Leaves?

Lavender leaves turning yellow by several factors: excess nutrients (more nitrogen), pests, or diseases. Luckily, you can follow a few steps to fix this problem.

First, check the fertilizer sand. Lavenders prefer well-drained sandy soil. If the soil is too compacted or heavy, it can lead to the yellowing of the leaves. You may need to amend the soil to improve draining.

 The next step is to check the pests. Whiteflies, Aphids, Snails, and Fungi are all pests that can feed on lavender plants and causes the leaves to turn yellow. However, these pests can be controlled using insecticidal soaps, neem oil, or horticultural oil.

Finally, if neither of these solutions seems to work, your lavender plant is suffering from the most common condition, root rot, which can cause leaves to turn yellow and eventually kill the plant. To cure root rot, decompose the over watering roots, remove affected areas, throw away the soil sand, wash the pot thoroughly and repot your lavender with more draining soil. 

5. What Does an Overwatered Lavender Look Like?

An overwatered lavender will look wilted, and the leaves will be yellow or brown. The flowers may also be drooping. If you think your lavender is getting excess water, check the soil conditions to see if it is wet or dry.

If the soil is dry, then your healthy plant is getting enough water. However, if the soil is moist, you may overwater your lavender. 

6. How Often Do You Need to Water Lavender?

Lavenders are drought-resistant, so they don’t need over watering. Too much water can harm the lavenders. You should water your lavenders once a week during hotter months. However, in cooler weather, you can water it less frequently.

Ideally, potted lavenders are watered one to two times after every two weeks till they are harvested. 

7. How to Fix Overwatered Lavender?

If your lavenders are overwatered, the first thing you need to do is stop watering it. Then check the drainage of your pot to make sure your pot drains out quickly.

If your pot doesn’t have good drainage, repot your lavender in new potting mix with better drainage.

Finally, wait a few days and see if your lavenders growth is improving. If it’s not looking good, you may need to trim off some stems or leaves affected by the overwatering.

8. Final Thoughts

Well, there you have it. We have shown you how to prevent your lavenders plants from turning yellow and stressed. Following these great tips can recover those dull yellow leaves into lush and purple.

Remember, the best time to plant lavenders is spring, according to the USDA growing zones, so thatyou can enjoy the purple blooms all season long.

Further, be sure to put these tips into practice so your garden can look its best!

Have you ever tried growing lavender before? What are some of your tips and tricks for keeping this beautiful plant healthy? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

Johan Perez
Johan Perez is an experienced agriculturalist with over twenty years in the field. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences and has contributed extensively to research on sustainable farming practices. Johan has also written for numerous agricultural periodicals, offering expert advice on farming technologies and methods. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor adventures, which often inform his professional insights into ecological agriculture.

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