The Gardening & Care of Lavender Plants


English lavender is the most common lavender plant. It is not difficult to grow if you follow a few rules. The two main required conditions are full sunshine and well-drained soil. The plant will grace your landscaping, but it is useful in other ways. Dry the blooms, and use them in dried flower arrangements. Mix them in with other ingredients for sachets or potpourri. Use them in culinary efforts, such as jams, cookies, ice cream or as a rub for meat and fish.

Step 1

Dig a hole 1-1/2 times as deep and as wide as your nursery lavender plant in a full sun location. Fall is the best time for planting. Mix the soil with a 2-inch layer of compost. This will add nutrients and amend the soil to a well draining loam.

Step 2

Replace some of the amended soil into the hole so that the top of the plant's root ball top will sit at ground level.

Step 3

Remove the lavender plant from its container. Set the root ball in the middle of the hole. Push amended soil around the sides, pressing down with your fingers to eliminate any air pockets. When the soil reaches ground level you are finished planting. Do not add more soil over the top of the root ball.

Step 4

Water the newly planted lavender plant with a slow hose trickle for 15 to 30 minutes. This will allow for a deep watering. Water in this same manner when the soil is dry an inch down from the surface. Test the soil with your finger. Do not over water.

Step 5

Prune your lavender plant the second year after planting. Early spring or fall are the best times for pruning. However, gathering sprigs or blossoms in spring or summer is fine. Cut the plant back a full on-third to one-half its size when pruning.

Step 6

Fertilize your lavender plant with a sprinkle of lime on top of the soil in the spring if you have an alkaline soil. Lavender prefers a pH of 6 to 8. Inexpensive soil testers are found at garden centers. Other fertilizers are unnecessary and may actually damage the plant.

Tips and Warnings

  • If lavender plants are over watered they can develop root rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Lavender plant
  • Shovel
  • Compost


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About this Author

Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.