How to Plant Hidcote

Overview

Hidcote (Lavandula angustifolia) is also known as English lavender. Hidcote a highly fragrant perennial shrub that can reach 3 feet tall and wide. The buds of hidcote can be used in sachets, crushed to pull oils that are used in lotions, and hidcote can used in cooking. Fall is the optimal time to plant hidcote, but it can also be planted in spring or summer.

Step 1

Choose a well-drained location in full sun with at least six hours of sunshine per day.

Step 2

Dig the hole two times as wide and deep as the container to loosen up the soil. If planting in clay-based soil, mix the dirt removed from the hole with 50 percent compost, leaf mold or other organic matter. You can recognize clay soil by the difficulty involved in digging into it as opposed to the better conditioned loamy soil, which is easy to dig. If planting multiple hidcote plants, dig the holes 18 to 36 inches apart.

Step 3

Place the hidcote plant into the hole, backfilling with dirt so the top of the dirt of the plant is at ground level. After completely backfilling the hole, press the soil down to force out air.

Step 4

Water the hidcote plant thoroughly after planting and water every week until the first frost or summer through fall, depending on when you planted the hidcote. After the second year, water the hidcote plant every two weeks unless there is a saturating rainfall.

Step 5

Apply 2 inches of mulch, starting 2 to 3 inches from the base of the plant.

Step 6

Prune in the spring of the second year and each subsequent year, cutting off about one-third of the top of the hidcote plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Organic matter
  • Garden clippers

References

  • Cornell Univesity: Hidcote English Lavender
  • Colorado State University Extension Service: Growing Lavender
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