I love to grow lavender because it is useful in a variety of different situations. It smells amazing, repels bugs and pests from your garden, plus it tastes great in tea or food! Here are tips for growing lavender at your own home.
Tips For Growing Lavender
1. Space Out Plants
Growing Lavender starts with a plan. Space is an issue with lavender. Make sure you set the plants 12 to 18 inches apart in an open area to increase sun and good circulation. Your Plants will be much happier this way
Water your lavender plants deeply, but not too frequently. Wait until the soil is almost dry before watering them again. If your plants are in containers, you will have to water even less. I recommend getting a moisture meter to help determine when to water your plants. Find it on Amazon for less than $10.
Bone meal is an excellent slow-release fertilizer. Mix a little bone meal into the soil when planting your lavender to help with the growth of the plant. It is rich in phosphorus and protein.
You can prevent weeds in your lavender plants by mulching with light-colored mulch like shells and gravel. Do not use hardwood mulch. The plant needs good drainage, and hardwood mulch is too heavy.
5. Properly Sized Container/Pot
Make sure the container or pot is not too big because I have found that lavender does better in tightly rooted spaces. Also, it’s a good idea to make sure that there are enough holes in the container for adequate drainage. Lavender makes such a pretty display in tin or metal containers/pots.
Spring is the time to prune. Don’t prune your lavender plants in the spring until new growth has appeared, and leave plants alone for the winter.
Harvesting is all about timing. Ask yourself what you are using the lavender for. For fresh-market or dried bundles, harvesting can be done when the first few flowers have bloomed. If the lavender will be used for essential oil, harvest after 50-100% of the buds are blooming.