How Often Do I Water Lavender?

The frequency at which you need to wash lavender is contingent upon a variety of aspects, including how the lavender was planted, if the lavender is planted in a pot or the ground, and how much rain has fallen in a period of two weeks and at what time of the season it is.

How often should you water lavender? is a delicate balance during the initial month following plantation, but following the initial year,, watering lavender is easy and easy to maintain due to its drought-resistant nature due to its Mediterranean heritage.

In reality, lavenders are more prone to adverse consequences from excessive watering than they are under watering.

Gardeners who water their lavender too often are one of the most frequent reason why lavender plants die..

To make the process as simple as I can, I’ve created an Excel spreadsheet that can be used as a reference for the frequency of watering lavender in its different life stages and under different circumstances.

Always soak lavender in an ample amount of water in order to allow roots to develop and grow and. If the lavender is not watered regularly and the root system is not watered regularly, it will develop further away from the soil and will have less access to nutrients and water.

This recommendation is based on the assumption that lavender is grown in the proper soil with an open, friable structure that lets water be able to drain effectively. It is important to note that soil can be amended using coarse sand to create the ideal structure.

How often should you water newly planted lavender?

The newly planted lavender needs the greatest care and attention in regards to watering. The reason to soak newly planted lavenders in more water than other types is simply to reduce transplant shock.

It may take a while for the roots of lavender to establish in a new setting regardless of whether they are in a pot or within the gardens. The lavender is prized for its ability to withstand drought, however this is not the case when the lavender is established for more than one year.

Plant new lavender right after planting, and then make sure to water it once every two days during in the initial week. Reduce the frequency of watering following the first week, to once every three or four days.

Two weeks after planting, it is possible to water the lavender one time per every week during the initial 3 months.

If you have experienced an excessive amount of rain and a lot of overcast days, and the soil is feeling damp then it is recommended to not water for a few days in order to avoid overwatering.

lavender close up

Always make sure to use a large quantity of water to water your lavenders however, more important than the specific amount of water you use is the soil’s ability to quickly drain the water and not hold and absorb in the water like the soils with rich soils do.

The soil must be porous and lets water escape to ensure that it doesn’t accumulate within the roots and cause root rot. The lavender plant is always under risk of over-watering than under watering as they have evolved to thrive in dry conditions as well as weather as well as soil.

Lavender that is over watered droops in appearance, and the foliage changes to brown or yellow in an indication of stress, that can be confusing as the plant appears like it is in need of water. For more details, read the article I wrote: Why is my lavender drooping?

How Often to Water Potted Lavender

Potted lavenders can be a bit more difficult than the lavenders that are grown on the soil.

Potted lavender should be watered every two weeks in normal conditions. I suggest watering the potted lavenders even if there was rain within a two-week period since pots dry faster as they sit above ground.

Lavender needs full sun for the most beautiful flowers, oils and fragrance. However, direct sunlight and heat can dry out the soil inside the pots, which is the reason it is important to water your pots more frequently regardless of the amount of rain.

Do not water when the soil is distinctly damp following rainfall, up to finger’s depth, otherwise it is important to water the lavender thoroughly.

Be aware that too much water can be more damaging than inadequate since lavenders are used to growing in extremely dry and hot environments, therefore, don’t water your potted lavender more often than once every two weeks since excessive watering can be one of the most frequent cause of lavenders dying.

The potted lavenders don’t require to be watered frequently during winter, since they are in a state dormancy, and they will receive sufficient water due to the climate.

(See for more information on how to care for lavender in the winter months).

How Often to Water Lavender in Winter

Lavender is a drought-resistant plant that enters an inactive state during winter , so you won’t have to water it very often, if ever, during the winter months.

The risk is that in winter, soils that are cold don’t dry out as quickly. The roots of lavender hate being sitting in wet, cold soils, and it is during this time of year when they are the most susceptible to root decay.

The most effective way to reduce the risk is to make sure the lavender is planted in soil which has been amended with lots of sand or grit since these materials offer excellent drainage and will not hold and absorb water the way as soils with rich organic content contain a large amount of organic material.

When you choose the lavender plant is cold-resistant (English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia is the sole cold-tolerant species) and is left outside during the winter, it will get enough water from the elements and you won’t need to water them in any way.

If you’ve planted lavender in pots indoors to provide Winter protection against frost (French lavenders aren’t cold-hardy) it is possible that you will need to water it at least once or twice during the winter months to ensure that it doesn’t completely dry out. A couple of times a week will suffice most of the time.

How Often to Water Lavender in Raised Beds

It is recommended to water lavender each two weeks on the raised beds in the spring and summer months, in the event that there is no significant rainfall over the two weeks preceding. Do not water when the soil is damp to the point of a finger.

Raised beds are like pots in the sense that the soil is likely to dry up a bit faster than when lavenders were placed in the soil.

Lavender requires drainage that is quick, and it likes to have dry roots due to its Mediterranean roots, which allow it to grow in sandy soils that receive very little rain.

So a strict routine of watering every two weeks should be adhered to in the event of significant rainfall, and the soil appears to be damp to the fingers deep.

If the soil remains wet due to rainfall, then stop watering for a couple of days, and then check the soil once more to determine if it has dried up a bit. It is important to stress that lavender is drought-resistant however it cannot endure a prolonged period of wet soil, so be careful not to excessively watering lavender at any cost.

How Often to Water Indoor Lavender

French lavender (Lavandula Stoechas ) cultivars thrive indoors , and need to be watered every two weeks throughout the summer and spring months since they do not get the benefits of rain.

It is possible to water your indoor the lavender more frequently based on the temperature of your room. Warm rooms or the draughts of air conditioning could cause drying effects on your lavender, so make sure to avoid placing your lavender near a high-speed air flow.

However, Lavenders are tolerant of occasional airflow (from the open windows,, for instance) between the leaves, therefore it’s everything about balance.

If the temperature in your room is particularly high, it’s a good idea to test the soil’s water levels to about a finger depth every now and then. In the summer, when temperatures are particularly hot, of the year, you might need to water your indoor lavenders every 10 days, as opposed up to once every 2 weeks.

Pots are more prone to drying, and smaller indoor lavender in smaller pots will contain less soil , and thus less moisture for the roots to draw from.

(Read the article I wrote for helpful advice on taking care of the indoor plantain).

Key Takeaways

  • Lavenders are typically regularly watered in the growing season (spring as well as summer).
  • The outdoor lavenders won’t require irrigation in the winter months or during the fall because they are in a dormant stage and can get sufficient water due to the weather.
  • The plants are drought-tolerant that like dry, fast draining soils. If you water your lavender too often, it can cause root rot, which is the main reason why lavenders die.
  • Lavenders that are newly planted require frequent watering during the first 3 months to prevent the shock of transplantation.
  • If it has been raining heavily in the two weeks between watering, then hold off the watering process for a couple of days until the soil feels less dry.
  • The indoor lavenders usually require watering once every two weeks during the growing season, but they may require regular watering every 10 days since pots dry faster and temperatures in the indoor space can be higher.
  • If you’ve brought indoors lavenders to protect your plants from winter, then they should be watered every 4-6 weeks to ensure that they don’t completely dry out.
  • It is essential that lavender plants are grown on soil which is permeable and lets water drain quickly. This is more crucial for the longevity of lavender plants than an exact schedule of watering.


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