How to Grow and Care for Lavender Munstead Properly

Lavender “Munstead” ( Lavandula angustifolia) is a perennial sub-shrub with a woody appearance that is loved by commercial and gardeners. Lavender ‘Munstead’ is among of the most durable varieties of lavender that is that can withstand extreme temperatures and cold conditions and releasing a pleasant scent throughout the year.

Munstead’s compact size works to attractive hedging, container gardening and also as an attractive plant for a boarder.

Stay tuned for more information about where to plant and how to take care of the lavender Munstead…

Plant profile:

Where do Lavender “Munstead” grow?

  • Locations that have the full sun
  • The cold hardy ( hardy to USDA zones 5-9)
  • Can tolerate drought and heat and can be found in high rainfall zones as long as there is adequate drainage of the soil.

Lavender Munstead is a perennial plant which is admired for its hardiness to cold and is able to thrive in various climates. Munstead is able to withstand snow, ice and frigid temperatures in winter and last for a long time. This is different from French lavenders that be dead by winter’s first freeze with no winter-proofing.

Munstead is also drought-resistant and is able to thrive in areas of high temperatures with low rainfall due because of its adaptions to the home Mediterranean climate.

Munstead is a plant that thrives in areas with high rainfall. It is extensively cultivated throughout California to towards the Pacific north west and commercial lavender farmers in Washington where the climate is characterized by more rainfall. It is also well-known cultivation in England.

If you reside in a region that has heavy rainfall, it is vital that you have drainage-friendly soil. You also need to are aware of when and how to water your lavender, which is explained further in this post.

The lavender can grow, bloom and release scent and oil in a variety of environments provided it is in full sunlight. Like other lavenders, ‘Munstead’ does not grow well in shade..

The amount of flowers that your lavender plants and the quantity of scent is directly related to the amount of sunlight therefore, always select an area with plenty of sunshine.

Munstead is also able to thrive in windy and open areas because it is similar to their natural habitat in the coastal regions in southern France, Italy and Spain.

There isn’t a lavender variety or species that thrives in regions with high humidity. High humidity conditions increase the likelihood of lavenders developing pathogen roots rot.

Longevity

English lavenders have the distinction of being the longest-lived lavender species, by a substantial amount. While French lavenders can bloom more than others, they can only last between 4 and five years, even with the best maintenance.

English lavenders like “Munstead” are among the most durable and longest-lived. If properly cared for and under the right conditions, lavender “Munstead” can last up to 15 years.

So, lavender ‘Munstead’ is an excellent value-for-money and will be able to spread its sweet scent through the garden for a long time.

The most crucial methods to ensure that the lavender lasts for a long time is, regular pruning, well-drained soil, and full sun. The annual pruning of the lavender is vital to stop the woody base of the lavender to prevent it from growing.

Check out my article for more ways to extend the life of a lavender’s duration.

Flowering and Fragrance

Lavender munstead isn’t just grown by gardeners due to its toughness, but also commercially because of its oil and fragrance.

English lavenders possess the most delicious scent of all lavenders, and their scent is stronger than French varieties. The aroma is emitted throughout the year from the leaves, but especially when the flowers bloom during the summer.

The flowering time will be contingent on the weather and climate conditions however ‘Munstead’ usually blooms during the middle of June as well as blooms for about 4 weeks..

Regularly deadheading faded flowers can stimulate more blooms to be created and will keep the lavender neat.

lavender munstead in field

How do you care for lavender? Munstead

While ‘Munstead’ is a type that is a variety of English lavenders, the plant is actually a plant that originated from the Mediterranean region of Europe like all lavender species.

So, to take care of Munstead within your yard,, you must recreate the conditions that the plant has in its indigenous to the Mediterranean environment. This is especially important to ensure the soil’s preference as well as the ability to get sunlight.

But you don’t need an Mediterranean climate to cultivate “Munstead” due to its toughness and ability to adapt in colder temperatures.

The ideal conditions to grow “Munstead” is simple and, once you have recreated those conditions the plant will be extremely low maintenance.

Soil preference

The most crucial aspect in taking care of lavender ‘Munstead’ is soil kind.

“Munstead” requires that the soil to have pores that allow the water to drain from the roots swiftly. Lavenders are tough, resistant to disease, but they are susceptible to root rot , which is caused by persistently moist soil, which is why they require for rapid drainage.

The stony and sandy soils of the native lavender Mediterranean do not just drain quickly, but they also don’t retain and absorb the water like rich organic soils do.

Lavender ‘Munstead’ is excellent choice for those living in colder temperate climates due to its ability to withstand cold temperatures. In colder climates with heavy rainfall, a sharp draining soil is crucial to ensure that the plant can survive the winter months when evaporation is less as well as the plant is an inactive state.

When you plant the lavender ‘Munstead’, it is vital that you amend your soil using gravel or sand to mimic the soil conditions of the lavender’s natural environment. Check out my guide to find out more about the best way to make the ideal soil mix for lavenders.

Fertility of soil: contrary to what you think the lavender variety ‘Munstead’ can thrives in soils that are not nutrient-rich. If you plant the lavender directly into organic, rich soils that are rich in nutrients, it will encourage the growth of leggy, sagging foliage which can be detrimental to the growth of the flowers.

“Munstead” requires an average to low fertility soil in order to thrive blooms, and produce fragrance and flowers and last for a long time.

Do not use enriched compost, fertilizer or manure when you are making the lavender soil. All you need is a general potting mix, which is amended with about 1/3 the builders sand, or even gravel. Mix of soil for lavendars.

This creates the ideal soil structure, and the sand doesn’t contribute nutrients to soil, and thus helps to balance the soil’s fertility to ensure that it is the ideal soil for the growth of lavender.

Soil pH: tough English lavenders like the lavender varieties of Munstead and Hidcote can cope with soils that are moderately acidic with a pH around 6.5 (pH 7 , which is neutral) more than the French lavender varieties. But all lavenders prefer soils with a slight alkaline pH with a pH of 8 or higher.

The soil that is too acidic (with less than 6.5) can cause lavender stress because they are unable to absorb certain nutrients due to this degree in soil pH. If you’re not sure of the pH of your garden soil, check out my article on lavenders and soils with acidic pH that explains how you can quickly measure soil pH and the process to alter soils that are acidic.

Watering Munstead lavender

One important aspects of taking care of munstead lavenders is to water them properly.

Be aware that lavenders are a product of hot, dry climate that is characterized by intense sunshine and a tiniest amount of rainfall.

So lavender only requires frequent watering.

  • Established English lavender called ‘Munstead’ requires watering once every two weeks during the spring and summer seasons and only when there has not been any rain.
  • Do not water for a couple of days if there was a significant amount of rain in the past two weeks since the last time you watered your lavender. Examine the soil that surrounding the plant. If you detect moisture, then allow your soil dry out before watering it again.
  • The lavender plants that are newly planted require extra attention and care to prevent shock after transplant. The plant should be watered once every two days during in the initial week. Following the initial week,, water each three to four days during one month. After three months, resume regular watering at twice each two weeks.
  • Don’t water ‘Munstead in winter when it is in dormancy because it is during this time that lavenders are the most vulnerable to root rot. The plant will get sufficient moisture from the surrounding environment.

All lavenders are drought-resistant which means that more problems arise from excessive watering than they would from under watering.

The signs of an over-watered lavender include a look of drooping with brown leaves, which appears to be the way you think an under-watered plant to appear, but do not be deceived. (Read my article to find ways to revive your the lavender).

The best way to grow lavenders is with the’soak and dry’ method of watering, where they get an ample amount of water in one sitting. This encourages roots to develop and grow into the soil, which will further increase the plant’s resistance to drought.

Pruning

All varieties of lavender benefit from a sharp cut every year.

The advantages of pruning lavenders include:

  1. Pruning prolongs the life of lavenders by reducing the unproductive growth on the base of the woody plant.
  2. A regular pruning can maintain the shape of a compact mound to the lavender, which can help to ward off dangerous winter weather (snow or ice) and also looks neater.
  3. The flowers of lavenders are only produced when the new growth begins. Pruning encourages the development of new stems that allow for the growth of more flowers.

Experts as well as commercial farmers is split on whether to prune in the Fall or Spring.

Personally, I have witnessed the most positive outcomes from trimming English lavenders in spring because it stimulates new growth, which is what yields the highest number of flowers.

The best pruning time is when the new green growth begins to appear at the base of the tree.

Cut off the upper third of the last season’s green growth. Shape it into a mound using either pruners or a pair of shears.

Make sure to cut the growth that is flexible and not into the bottom of the plants. The base of the woody plant does not grow back after being cut, and is more prone to split, so be sure that you cut only the top third that is flexible of your lavender.

Check out this YouTube video to find out more about pruning, as well as a visual illustration of what the lavender will look after being cut.

What is the ideal moment to start a garden?

The most ideal moment to start planting lavender “Munstead” is in the springtime (April/May) because the soil is warming up.

The time to plant is ideal because it allows the plant time to adapt to the new environment and establish itself prior to the flowering time in June.

You can plant ‘Munstead’ during the season of growth, but when it is planted in July or June the shock of transplanting will reduce the number of times the plant blooms , and you must wait until next year to see a great blooms.

The possibility of planting after the flowering season ends in August is another option, but you’ll need be extra careful in the watering your plants after the planting season due to the warmer temperatures and less rain.

The fall planting season is more risky since it gives the plant less time to establish before the blooming of the lavender during winter.

If the lavender doesn’t get the time it needs to grow in the new soil prior to winter, then it’s at a greater risk of developing root rot because winter soils are typically damp and cold for long durations of time.

Munstead is a good choice to plant in the fall in warmer climates that don’t have frosty winters and also have less rainfall since the chance of root rot isn’t as high.

How far apart should you plant?

  • Plant ‘Muntsead’ about 18 inches apart to create decorative hedging and about 2-3 feet for boarders.

Lavender munstead is a well-known variety of lavender that is used to create decorative hedges due to its small size, exquisite fragrance and toughness.

In bloom, the flowers create a dazzling bloom of gorgeous purple flowers , which makes an impressive design in any garden.

Plant lavender munsteads at intervals of 18 to 2 inches when you are planning to create a hedge for decoration. This is the ideal distance to create a continuous display of flowers in the summer season, while still allowing for airflow around the plant.

Every lavender requires some space to let the occasional breeze through the leaves to lessen the risk of fungal diseases.

The more closely spaced the lavender “Munstead” is planted, the importance of a quick draining soil and low humidity will rise which is why it is important to amending the soil using sand or grit prior to planting.

The planting of lavender in pots or raised beds is an excellent method to increase drainage and create the possibility for airflow around the lavenders ‘ foliage.

In borders plant ‘Munstead’ every 2-3 feet for best results. This ensures that each plant gets enough light.

Pots and containers for growing

Lavender munstead is among the most beautiful lavenders to grow in containers and pots. Pots provide the ideal drainage that the lavenders love as well. Munstead is a great small size, so they are to be great decorative plants in pots.

Containers and pots are excellent options to grow lavender in the event that your garden is not dry enough or acidic, as you can customize the soil to suit your lavender’s preferences.

Be sure the pot is 16 inches in diameter as well as has drain holes at the bottom.

The pot of this size will have enough soil to guarantee that the roots are insulated during winter, ensuring that there are sufficient nutrients and water to the lavender roots. Check out my guide to selecting the right pot to grow lavenders.

The guidelines for caring for lavenders in containers and pots are similar to those for growing in soil for garden. The advantage of containers and pots is that they provide more airflow around the lavender foliage , which reduces the risk of fungal diseases.

Mulching

There is no reason to include organic mulch like leaves mould, compost or even leaf mold to Munstead lavenders since this can create conditions that are not favorable to the preferences of lavender.

Munstead lavenders favor low to medium fertility soils as well as dry soils, so a mulch like wood bark is helpful in the control of the growth of weeds.

Certain commercial growers utilize white stones as mulch to reflect sunlight onto the lavender, which intensifies the amount of light and decreases humidity so that the flowers remain healthy.

The additional light can aid in promoting blooms and boost oil yields However, this isn’t always required in gardens that are ornamental.

Key Takeaways:

  • “Munstead” can be described as undoubtedly an English lavender that blooms for four weeks, typically around mid-June. It is a favorite among gardeners and commercial growers due to its scent.
  • This perennial is hardy and can be grown in cold climates, able to withstand frost, snow and ice in winter, as well as hot climates, and can withstand drought. The lavender can last up to 15 years if given proper care.
  • It’s a compact lavender that measures twelve inches (30 centimeters) high as well as 18 inches (45 cm) wide, making it suitable for hedges with decorative features as well as pots and containers, and in boarders.
  • “Munstead” requires the full sun and well-drained soil. The ‘Munstead’ variety is adapted to sandy soils that have little nutrients, and it is in these conditions of extreme hardship that it is the one that produces the highest number of flowers.
  • In the season of growth, only plant establishments are watered twice a week, in the event that there is no rain.
  • The lavender should be cut once a year in spring to prolong the lifespan and to keep the lavender tidy.
  • The ideal moment to start planting is in the early spring. Plant “Munstead” 18 inches apart to hedge and a distance of 2-3 feet in boarders to get the most effective results.

 

Stephanie

Stephanie

Went from a bad gardener to a half-decent one over 10+ years. Super happy to share my tips and tricks with you :)