Lavender Vera is also known as English Lavender and is thought to be the original. There are many varieties of lavender now with various scents and growing habits. Some lavenders are used medicinally and others in perfumes, air fresheners, soaps and decorations. Depending on the species, you can grow lavender plants in gardening zones 5 through 10, Lavender Vera being in the cold hardy range. These perennial bushes are very difficult and time consuming to start from seed, so most people tend to purchase one year old plants at garden centers and nurseries. They are easy to care for but will deteriorate after a few years, requiring replacing.
Choose a location that is in full sun and is slightly higher than most of the landscape. This will help with drainage, as these bushes do not like soggy soil. It will also help with air circulation, as English Lavender does not do well in heat and humidity. Space plants 12 to 18 inches apart.
Create a hole for the Lavender plant twice a wide as the container it's in and a couple inches deeper. Mix the dug out soil with compost to a ratio of 1:1. Compost not only helps with the nutrients in the soil but because of its uneven consistency, helps with drainage.
Gently knock off the soil and spread out the roots as you remove it from the container. Plant the Lavender in the hole at the same depth as it was in the container with the amended soil. Water in well to compact the soil around the plants roots. This will cause the soil to settle and you will need to add some more to bring it to the level of the surrounding ground.
Water when the top of the soil starts to dry out. Lavender will tolerate being slightly dry better than being overly wet, so don't over water.
Mulch around the plant with a pine needle mulch. This will keep the weeds down and supply the bush with nitrogen which will promote nice green, thick foliage. Keep the mulch a couple of inches away from the crown of the plant. Without proper air circulation, the crown will rot and the plant will die.
Harvest the first blooms to encourage another show of flowers. Cutting the flower stalks should be done when the weather is dry and cool. Mid-morning or or early evening are the best times.
Prune the bush back to keep it neat looking after harvesting the second bloom of flowers. After the third or fourth year, the plant will need to be replaced with a younger one.
Things You Will Need
- Lavender Vera plant
- Pine needle mulch
- Pruning shears