Want to learn how to grow lavender? Who wouldn’t, when lavender is such an all-around plant? It can be grown in a flower garden, a herb garden, add as an indoor plant in pots or containers. Lavender is used in cooking, can be dried, extracted for its essential oil, and even used as a pest repellent.
Growing lavender is relatively easy but every garden and homeowner have different needs. So I’ve put up this complete growing guide. Whether you want to grow in pots or directly on the ground, grow from seeds or cuttings. You’ll find this guide helpful in learning how to grow lavender.
How To Grow Lavender | A Complete Garden Season Growing Guide
Growing a herb garden isn’t complete without the perennial lavender. Although I grow mine in my flower garden as a backdrop for shorter flowers. This is simply for its wonderful aroma making my garden all the more therapeutic and relaxing. Since lavender is a perennial plant, you can grow it once and you’ll have lavender for a long time. I’ve been keeping a few for some years now and have enjoyed it for as long.
As you are aware, lavender is used in a lot of products, from food to health and body care. But I tell you, nothing beats the natural scent and the essential oil from the actual plant you’ve grown. Learn how to grow lavender and discover the different ways you can enjoy or look for great ideas here as you continue reading.
When To Grow Lavender
You can grow lavender any time after the spring frost. But the best time to grow lavender would be in the cool fall season. The cool fall season is perfect for growing this temperate perennial to establish the plant before winter. An established lavender plant in fall and winter blooms by the following spring or summer.
Grow lavender at least two months before the first frost for late summer or fall planting. This will give the plant time to settle the roots before the frost.
Lavender is an old world plant which has 39 known species and dozens of subspecies or varieties. Research is important when selecting a variety suited to your needs. There are dwarf varieties perfect for growing in pots or small gardens like the Little Lottie.
When growing for its essential oil, the Grosso variety, which is an English lavender would be best. For culinary uses, the Buena Vista which is another English Lavender is perfect.
Although lavender is a temperate herb, it would be best to pick lavender native to your area for growing.
How To Grow Lavender From Seeds
Growing lavender from seeds will require patience since it takes some time for you to enjoy a full-grown lavender. It can be tricky too but it’s fulfilling to watch lavender grow from seeds. You can save money from buying full grown plants too.
Prepare you seeds three months before sowing. You have to let your seeds undergo a process requiring them to be refrigerated in a plastic bag with moist moss.
You can also use grow lights to speed up germination.
Lavender grown from seeds are ready for transplant once the roots have filled out the pot or cell. Lavender seedlings in a seedling tray need to be transplanted to a larger pot first before planting directly on the ground.
Allow the seedlings to grow in a larger pot first, to develop more roots.
Growing Lavender From Cuttings
Lavender can be propagated from cuttings too. In fact, successfully rooted lavender cuttings grows faster than when grown from seeds. However, it can be a bit tricky so carefully follow this guide:
- Choose healthy looking side shoots from a fully grown lavender.
- Pull the side shoots gently taking a small bark with it, then twist to separate from the plant.
- Take off leaves of the lower half of the stem.
- Then, soak the base of the shoots in warm water.
- Fill a pot with peat-free compost and with perlite or nut shells at the base for increased drainage.
- Poke a hole in the middle of the soil and insert the cutting.
- Pat the soil down gently in the base of the plant to take out air pockets.
How To Grow Lavender In Pots
Growing lavender in containers is so easy, you can grow it with your eyes closed. However, it’s important you use potting soil for growing in containers. Adding perlite will greatly help with drainage.
- Dig a hole in the center of the soil a bit bigger than the lavender’s root ball.
- Gently squeeze the lavender from its pot.
- Place the lavender plant in the hole covering the base or root line with soil.
Watch the full video from burpee gardens to grow your lavender in containers at home:
After the growing part, we now go to the plant care, more tips for growing, and how lavender can be used in different areas. Explore the versatility of lavenders as you continue reading.
Growing Lavender Indoors
Pick the right variety for growing lavender indoors in the dwarf and tame varieties. You don’t want a forest full of lavender indoors, no matter how sweet-smelling it is.
Lavender Plant Care
This amazing herb grows even in inferior soil and arid areas. In the Mediterranean, it grows perfectly at home in sandy and gravelly areas. It is important to know lavender thrives in full sun.
Watering is important in the first stage of growth until roots are established. Once settled, lavender does with occasional watering since it is drought-tolerant.
You can lay white pebbles around the base of potted lavender plants. It served as both a decoration and as a sun reflector for the plant.
Without pruning, lavender is more likely to grow woody, messy, and with less fragrant flowers. It is indeed an essential factor in producing fragrant lavender flowers and a healthy plant.
Pruning is done in the second year since the first year is devoted to setting the roots and producing flowers.
For fall pruning, make sure not to cut all the way to the woody base. This will create strain in the plant and the frost will kill it.
Remove the top portion of the plant for culinary uses or for extracting oils. Find out more about the latter below.
Making Oil From Lavender
Lavender is a well-loved herb for the essential oil extracted from the plant. The scent is an all too familiar aroma used in soaps, moisturizers, perfumes, bath and body products, and more.
The essential oil extracted from the lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. You can make your own lavender oil at home.
Watch this video from about.com to make your own lavender essential oils:
Who wouldn’t want to grow lavender with all its benefits and wonders? I know I didn’t do lavender justice with the few I have cited here. If you want a sturdy and lovely hedge to your lawn, plant lavender. If you want a delicious aroma in your garden, grow lavender. Want homemade aromatic products such as soap and lotion? Extract natural oil from your homegrown lavender. Grow this well-rounded hardy perennial herb and learn how to grow lavender in this complete growing guide.
What lavender growing ideas were helpful to you? I sure am glad I’ve been of assistance. Do share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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