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How to Care for a Lavender Plant Indoors

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Overview

Not only is the lavender plant known for its beautiful and vibrant purple colors of its flowers, but also the rich fragrance of lavender is known throughout the world. Used in teas, potpourri, bath oils, and drawer sachets, lavender is a relatively easy plant to grow and care for, so long as you don't give it too much water. Another nice aspect of growing lavender is that, like many other herbs, you can care for a lavender plant indoors, making it a great plant for those with disabilities, in cold regions, or living in apartments.

Step 1

Select a pot which is 2-3 inches wider than your plant. A growing lavender plant will need room to stretch its roots and grow into the pot.

Step 2

Look for drainage holes in your container and lightly cover them with gravel or pieces of terra cotta, up to an inch deep and fill the rest of the pot with potting soil.

Step 3

Plant your lavender into the pot, spacing it to rest in the center with the top of the root ball level with the soil.

Step 4

Water lightly enough to moisten the soil evenly and well, but not flood it. The lavender only needs to be watered when the soil is dry to the touch as its native Mediterranean climate has periods of heat and drought which the plant is accustomed to.

Step 5

Place your lavender in a bright and sunny window area where it will see at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. If this isn't available, set up a simple grow light to rest over the plant and supply it with heat and light.

Step 6

Make sure your lavender is in a well-ventilated area where air moves freely around it. If necessary, set up a small, oscillating fan to gently blow air toward the plant.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never let your lavender plant sit in excess water or block its drainage. Part of the lavender plant's life cycle involves periods of dryness, and too much water can cause root rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Lavender plant
  • Container
  • Gravel or terra cotta pieces
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • Grow light
  • Small fan
  • Shallow pan and gravel, if necessary

References

  • Lavender: How to Grow and Use the Fragrant Herb; Ellen Spector Platt; 1999
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About this Author

Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for WidescreenWarrior.com as a contributor and podcast co-host.