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’s how to start growing lavender at your own home.
1. Space Out Plants
Make sure you set the plants 12 to 18 inches apart in an open area to increase sun and good circulation. This great tip is from Bonnie Plants.
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.
Mix a little bone meal into the soil when planting your lavender to help with the growth of the plant. You can reapply it at the beginning of every growing season as well! This great tip is from Purple Haze Lavender.
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
Make sure the container 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.
Don’t prune your lavender plants in the spring until new growth has appeared, and leave plants alone for the winter. Tip from White Flower Farm.
The timing of the harvest depends on what you are using the lavender for. For fresh-market or dried bundles, harvest when the first 1 or 2 flowers have bloomed. If the end product is essential oil then the best time to harvest is when about 1/2 of the flowers on the stem have withered. Tip from Millbrook Lavender Farm.