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How to Water Lavender Plants

Lavender plants are a common herb to have in gardens and are well-known for their wildly growing fields all over the world. Many people like growing it for the beautiful blooms, fragrant smell and household uses. It is important to know how to care for the lavender plant, including watering it correctly. Lavender plants do not need much water, and they need to be watered right at the roots for effective care.

Touch the soil by the lavender plant's base, around where the stem goes into the dirt and the 6 inches around it. If it is completely dry to the touch, it is time to water the plant.

Pour water directly at the base of the lavender plant. Do not water the foliage or pour the water over the entire plant or blooms.

Make sure your lavender plants are at least 3 to 4 feet apart so the roots of the plants get enough air circulation and dry out the root properly

Pay more attention to lavender plants that are in pots when winter season comes around, as these plants will be 15 degrees colder then the lavender plants in the ground. Only water them in early afternoon sparingly (about once every week), and put a sheet over them at night so no remaining water freezes the plant.

Care For Lavender Plants

Provide a location with adequate drainage. Lavender needs well-drained soil to thrive. Too much moisture causes fungal diseases and root rot. Adjust the soil pH using agricultural lime to reach the desired pH level of 6.4 to 8.2 by following the instructions on the lime package. Prune the plant in the spring to shape it, removing up to 2 inches. Cut off flowers as they die to encourage reblooming. Lavender flowers in June and July and, if deadheaded, again in September through October. Lack of sun causes wilts in lavender.


Only water occasionally, when the soil of the plant feels very dry. Lavender plants are drought resistant and require very little water.

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