How to Grow Lavender

by on February 8, 2012

UrbanFig: Lavender Field

Lavender is not only beautiful and fragrant, it holds a long and significant place in history as well.
Rather than go to the expense of buying lavender and lavender scented products, why not skip the middle man and grow lavender in your urban garden? The time you spend will be well-rewarded with the sweet scent and incredible purple blooms.
Temp Range: 50 – 75 degrees F
Seed to Plate: n/a
Light Needs: min. 6 hours of full sun, partial shade per day
How Much to Grow: n/a
Average Space Needs: 1 plant / square foot
Water Needs: very well drained sandy soil
Soil pH: slightly acid, 6.0 – 8.0

How to Start Lavender

It is not recommended to grow lavender from seed because the resulting plant will not be true to the characteristics of the parent plant.

The good news is that it is easy as pie to propagate lavender from cuttings or layering. This is best done in spring when the root system will be at its most active.  For a cutting, simply trim a small piece of lavender between 4 and 6 inches long. Dampen the end and dip in rooting compound, then carefully press the cutting into a sandy soil mixture that has been dampened but is not wet.

Additional Notes

While lavender is well-known for being drought tolerant, a new plant will need regular watering for the first year while it establishes. Lavender will grow well in containers because they thrive when the root ball is in close quarters.

The most important thing to remember when growing lavender is that moisture is more often than not the cause of a failed plant.  Even more than drought, heat or cold, excessive moisture can destroy the root system of a lavender plant

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