How To Grow Lavender

Mar 23 , 2023

Flowergirls Gardening

How To Grow Lavender

Lavender is a beautiful and fragrant herb that is easy to grow and maintain. It is known for its calming properties and can be used in a variety of ways, from essential oils to tea. In this blog, we will guide you through the steps on how to grow lavender.

  1. Choose the Right Location: Lavender thrives in well-drained soil and full sunlight. Choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily, and that has soil that is well-drained. Avoid areas with heavy clay or areas that tend to retain moisture.
  2. Prepare the Soil: Lavender prefers alkaline soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. You can test your soil’s pH using a soil test kit, which can be purchased at your local garden center. Amend the soil as needed to achieve the proper pH balance.
  3. Planting: Lavender can be planted from seed or from cuttings. If you choose to start with seeds, start them indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost date in your area. If you choose to plant cuttings, take a cutting from an existing lavender plant in the spring. Plant the cutting in well-drained soil, and water it thoroughly.
  4. Watering: Lavender is a drought-tolerant plant and should not be over-watered. Water the plant deeply once a week, or whenever the top inch of soil is dry. Avoid getting the leaves wet, as this can lead to fungal diseases.
  5. Fertilizing: Lavender does not require a lot of fertilizer. Apply a balanced fertilizer once in the spring, after the plant has started to grow.
  6. Pruning: Lavender should be pruned regularly to promote healthy growth and to prevent the plant from becoming too woody. Prune back the plant by one-third in the spring, and again after the plant has finished blooming.
  7. Harvesting: Lavender blooms in the summer, and the flowers should be harvested when they are in full bloom. Cut the flowers with a sharp pair of scissors, leaving a few inches of stem. Hang the flowers upside down in a cool, dry place to dry.

In conclusion, growing lavender is a relatively easy process that can be done in most home gardens. With the right location, soil preparation, and care, you can enjoy the beautiful and calming scent of lavender in your home.