Growing lavender has many rewards. The pleasant aroma of the plant has been used for many years to make perfumes and soap. This perennial is also a friend to bees and butterflies, and can be found in many different varieties such as Spanish, English or French lavender.
How To Plant Lavender
Lavender grows best when it is planted areas that have well-drained soil and full sun. Depending on the variety, lavender does well when it is used in USDA zones 5 through 10, and areas with similar climates. It should be noted that it will do better in areas that have hot summer climates when it is planted in an area that is shaded from the sun in the afternoon.
Most soils that have a moderate amount of organic matter will work fine for growing this perennial. However, it will perform best when slightly alkaline or neutral soils are used. If needed, lime can be added to the soil to raise the pH level to about 7.0.
When planting, a person will want to space them about 1 to 3 feet apart. The exact distance will depend on the variety that’s chosen. If spring planting is being done in any areas that are colder than zone 6, planting should be postponed until early summer or late spring.
In areas that are warmer than zone 6, it’s better to plant lavender in the early fall so that a root system can get established during the winter. Here are some steps that a person can follow when it’s time to plant:
- Begin by using a healthy plant that has a developed root system
- Take the roots and lightly loosen them
- Dig a hole that is twice as deep and twice as wide as the lavender plant
- Place the lavender into the hole so that both areas of soil are even
- If the lavender and condition of the garden is very dry, apply some water. Otherwise, it’s best to be left alone.
Taking Care Of Lavender
Once established, lavender will range from 1 to 3 feet tall and does not require staking. Depending on the variety, it will grow into a bushy, round shrub and doesn’t need much watering.
In fact, lavender can become stressed if it’s overwatered or fertilized. It should also be cut back a third during mid-spring if there is any winter damage.
As with any plant, lavender needs a bit of work for it to flourish. Get out your green thumb so you can enjoy the benefits of having lavender in your own garden.