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Lavender Plant Care Guide

bunch-lavender

i know i know Lavender doesn’t bloom till June in most regions, but am going to show you how to extend blooming season and also grow in containers … have ulterior motive for Lavender choice also will post later🙂


Overview

Lavender (Lavandula) varieties grow as fragrant bushes and plants. They’re often dried to form satchels, potpourris, as additives to perfumes and cleaning products, and for dried flower arrangements. Commonly grown in the garden as an ornamental or in containers, the plants require very little care once established. The plants flourish in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 10. A few varieties offer hardiness to Zone 3. Relatively long-lived, the lavender plant averages a 10-year lifespan.


Location Requirements

Lavender requires a sunny location. Plant in an area that receives at least eight hours of sunlight per day. Lavender enjoys dry soil conditions, so make sure there is no standing water accumulation in the planting location in the spring or during other parts of the season. The plants enjoy rocky, sandy or even loamy–rather than chalky–soil conditions to flourish. An area that offers adequate wind protection is ideal, because the flower stalks often break when faced with high winds.


Soil Conditions

Soil that offers abundant organic matter will often limit the flower production of the lavender plant. The added nutrients aid the plant in producing foliage growth instead of flowers. This can limit the plant’s oil production, which makes it less fragrant and less useful when dried. Soil that is too acidic will require the addition of lime prior to planting lavender. Lavender plants enjoy being grown in a soil pH of 6.4 to 8.3.


Watering Requirements

Lavender is exceptionally drought tolerant. It does not enjoy wet roots. Water lavender only when the plant completely dries out. Spacing plants to provide adequate air circulation is important because overcrowding allows the plants to stay damp with dew, humidity or rain, which can cause fungal diseases to infect that lavender. Space lavender plants at least 9 inches apart. Larger clumping varieties will require greater planting distances.


Potted Lavender Care

Lavender grown in containers will require transplanting yearly because the plant quickly depletes the soil conditions in the pot, according to Colorado State University. Prune container-grown lavender each spring to give the plant a bushy appearance and help prevent legginess. Garden-grown lavender also benefits from a light springtime pruning.


Mulch

Mulch lavender using either sand or pebbles. Avoid leaf debris, bark chips or peat moss, which keeps the soil moist, and can easily cause the lavender to suffer rot or fungal problems.

original link above ~ How to Care for Lavender Indoors, English Lavender Care as well
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Growing Lavender in Containers

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How To: Grow Lavender Plants

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How to Extend Lavender Blooming in Gardens

Two of the longest blooming kinds of lavender are Lavandula angustifolia ‘Irene Doyle’ and the hybrid L.‘Goodwin Creek Grey.’

The best way to have lavender blooming all summer is to plant several different kinds that bloom sequentially. First to bloom in late spring is the rabbit-eared Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas); most of the English lavenders start blooming in June; and then the French hybrids such as ‘Provence’ and ‘Grosso’ flower a little later in the season. ‘Grosso’ is probably the most intensely scented of all the lavenders, although opinions differ widely, as they usually do in matters of fragrance.

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13 responses

  1. MisBehaved Woman

    I have 6 little lavender sprouts ready to be set outside – if the damnable winds ever let up here. We’ve got perfect conditions for it which I hadn’t even realized….no water, sandy (re:mostly crappy) soil and plenty of sunshine. I know I want to stand over the baby plants and whisper, “grow, grow, grow already!” because I have some fresh lavender recipes stored away that I am dying to try!!🙂

    April 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    • i know it, i like growing all three in stages to keep in bloom as long as can. my fave is the spanish lavender but love them all🙂 … i use this for so much, have recipe for natural bug spray with lavender am going to post later today. why i chose lavender for today’s flower, with all this rain we have had here will be needing bug spray to clean up gardens.

      April 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      • MisBehaved Woman

        This is my 1st try at growing any so I’m learning as I go here. As for cooking or using it for other things? I’ll also be learning as it grows and blossoms. Also going to look to see if I can pick up the spanish lavender as I’ve only got english lavender started so far. So much to grow, so much to learn….wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!

        April 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      • cooking, soaps, bug spray, sachets, smudge sticks, cooking, like lavender sugar, Lemon Lavender Martinis, Lavender Strawberry Parfait, just to name few. also pick it in bunches and let dry in vases without adding water, smells great and still pretty as dry arrangements. lavender is like vital to me lol

        just google cooking with lavender, you will be amazed😉

        April 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      • oh forgot to mention, the bottom photo in “Lavender” is sweet lavender, the variety you need for lavender sugar, Lavender Hicdote😉

        April 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      • and natural deodorant as well🙂 just like the skin of the orange fruit in the fireplace or even placed over a normal radiator.

        April 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      • yes🙂 also put them in small amount of warm water and set on back of stove when cooking is nice🙂

        April 17, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      • nature provides the answer to all problems😀

        April 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      • 🙂 si

        April 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

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  3. Hi ~ I live about 20 minutes east of Los Angeles in Whittier and grow lavender all year long; by that I mean, it flowers ALL year long! The French lavender and Sweet lavender give me tens of thousands of blooms all year, but the three different Spanish lavenders have a definite blooming period throughout the spring only. I will say that my huge, lovely Sweet lavender was planted from a little 99 cent plant ten years ago, and I finally had to mourn the fact that her lifespan had come to an end just last week. She’s completely gone now, but I will plant another little one in her place and watch her grow and flourish just like her predecessor. I’m very blessed to live in this clime, and I wish the best for you in your lavender-growing adventures!

    March 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm

  4. sandar

    I LIKE LAVENDER SO MUCH🙂

    June 17, 2014 at 5:33 am

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