Tips for Growing Lavender in Your Garden

Tips for growing lavender at home by the Hunter Lavender Farm

Lavender is a very popular garden plant with beautiful blooms and fragrant aroma that soothes your soul, attracting bees and butterflies to come visit! Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can successfully grow lavender once you learn their specific needs. This article will provide great tips on how to successfully grow lavender! 

1. Lavender loves SUN.
If there's a single most crucial thing to remember about growing lavender, it is the fact that lavender requires a lot of sun. So, find a spot in your garden that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, grab your gardening tools and you’ll be good to go

2. Lavender doesn't like getting its feet wet.
For a plant that is native to the Mediterranean and thrives in hot, dry climates you would be right to assume that lavender doesn’t require a lot of watering, in fact, planting in soggy soil can cause root rot and kill lavender quickly. Because of this, it is ideal to plant lavender in well-draining soil. If your garden soil holds too much moisture, it's a good idea to plant in mounds or raised beds. You can also amend the soil composition by mixing in sand and organic compost to help improve the drainage of your soil.

3. Lavenders like soil with a pH level above 7.
One of the main reasons lavender plants don't thrive is because they are often planted in the wrong type of soil. Lavenders prefer sandy loam soil with a pH level above 7. You may amend the soil with lime or gypsum to get your soil to the right pH level.

4. Lavenders requires pruning.
During blooming season, enjoy the flowers in the garden or you can harvest them for floral arrangements or for drying. After blooming season, clip back spent flowers and prune stems to allow air to circulate and encourage new growth. You can remove about a third of all growth but make sure not to cut down to the woody area because buds will not sprout past that point.

If you are looking for a beautiful and low-maintenance plant to add to your garden, lavender is a great choice! By following these tips, you'll be able to enjoy lavender plants in your garden for many years to come.