How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Lavender


Lavender is such a versatile herb. You can use its leaves and flowers for sachets, mix stems with vinegar or white sugar to make herbal vinegar and sugars, bath oils, and homemade soaps. It’s a fairly hardy plant, too, that can withstand harsh winters. But there are a few keys that you need to keep in mind to grow a healthy and productive lavender plant. The three handy rules that you need to know about growing and caring for lavender are soil, pruning, and replanting.

First tip-Soil health: Aklanine soil, that is well-drained and gets some sun during the day, is the ideal type for growing healthy lavendar plants. If you have acidic soil, your lavendar won’t grow, or if it does, it won’t be healthy. So, if you need to neutralize your soil, add some limestone or another soil additive to your herbal garden that will neutralize your soil to make it more lavendar growing-friendly.

Also, you need to make sure that your soil drains well after a hard rainstorm. Generally, lavender doesn’t like “wet feet,” meaning that they don’t want their roots sitting in water, which leads to root rot. Instead, make your soil more absorbent by adding sand or plant your lavender seeds or small plants into a well-drained pot.

Finally, make sure that your lavendar plant will get a lot of sun. The plant thrives in at least four to eight hours of full sun. Again, if your herbal garden is in the shade for the majority of the day, consider planting your lavendar in a pot to place in a sunny window or in another garden area on your property that receives a lot of sun.

Second tip-Pruning your lavender plant: As your lavender plant matures, make sure that you prune it every spring. There are two reasons for this: lavender can get too leggy with the prospect of taking over a small garden space. Also, as lavender matures, it will develop bark by the original plant. This is a sign that your lavender is due for a trim—possibly a severe pruning.

When you prune your older lavendar plant, cut back all of the overgrown stems and flowers back so that the original plant is exposed. Hopefully, you’ve pruned in time for new sprigs to start sprouting on your lavendar plant. Otherwise, if nothing comes back it means that your lavendar has lived its life—which is generally five years from young
seedling to full maturity.

Third tip-Replanting your lavendar plant: If you simply want to move your plant into another area of your garden, or if you nursed you lavendar plant from seed to young plant, you can easily replant lavendar into your garden. For a move to another location of your garden, you have two choices. Either you can cut off a healthy section of your existing lavendar plant to replant or you can dig up the entire plant.

Make sure that you know how to transplant a whole plant or a section of the plant by digging a deep enough hole for the lavender plant and its roots. For a lavender sprig, dig a narrow hole up to your second pointer finger knuckle and place your sprig into that hole. Make sure that it has the right fertilizer and that you water the transplanted plant daily so that it can acclimate itself to its new home.

Enjoy working with your lavender plant. If you’re a novice herb gardener, lavender is a great plant to start with because of its versatility and toughness to unskilled green thumbs!

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