Last Updated on November 9, 2022 by Stephanie
They are low-maintenance plants that thrive with poor care. If youre a novice gardener or would like to cut down on time by planting plants that take care of themselves , then lavenders are an excellent option.
Lavenders are easy to cultivate and maintain:
- They are drought-resistant and dont require to be watered often.
- Lavenders dont require fertilization because theyre adapted to soils with low fertility.
- Pruning lavender is fast and simple and only requires to be performed twice each year.
- Lavenders can be planted in pots, outdoors or indoors, depending on your preferences.
- English lavender is immune to disease and are cold-hardy and can withstand winter.
English kinds of lavender tend to be the hardesty and resistant to disease, so they are the easiest to take care of, while other varieties that arent English kinds are vulnerable to damage from frost in winter and must be kept in warm climates.
All lavenders need full sun, well-draining soil that has been amended with sand , and prefer soils that are alkaline.
If you are aware of the best practices and have the right conditions it is extremely easy to cultivate. Read on for some clear information you should be aware of to make it easy and effective lavender cultivation…
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Lavenders Need Watering Infrequently
Due to their Mediterranean tradition, the lavenders are well-adapted to dry climates with only a small amount of rainfall.
In reality, the lavender that is established in the majority of climates will require no irrigation in any way. The most common problems arise when the lavender is over-watered and fertilized, so the restriction of watering to two times every week during the growing season is crucial.
They also require draining soil that is not able to retain water. A mix of 30 percent sand and 70% compost can provide the perfect soil structure, which will ensure that excess water drains away, and the roots of the lavender are dry during periods of irrigation.
The lavenders that are placed in soil that is damp will be susceptible to roots rot therefore ensure that the soil drains properly. If you have an naturally boggy garden that is an ongoing wet soil, then plant lavenders in raised beds or pots is the most effective option.
No Need to Fertilize Lavenders…
The majority of species (such like roses) are heavy feeders and require frequent dosages of fertiliser as well as soil that is rich in nutrients.
Lavenders are in the opposite direction of this, and need low to moderate fertile soils and English varieties, in particular, do not require additional fertilizer.
This might be against the nature of a gardener, however lavenders have evolved to a medium to low nutrition and have the most beautiful flowers and the strongest scents when planted in soils that are poor.
The addition of fertilizer to lavenders can encourage growth of the foliage but at the expense of the aromas and flowers, and the leaves may change color to yellow (a indication of too much nitrogen If this happens check out my article on how to deal with lavenders that have yellow leaves).
Grow lavenders in soil which has been amended with lots of gravel or sand to mimic their soils low fertility conditions. They will flourish.
Pruning Lavenders is Easy
Pruning lavenders is an simple task that takes just 5 minutes twice each year:
- All you have to do is grab an sterile pair of shears or pruners to cut off 1/3 of the green growing from the laurel.
- Pruning the plant to an elongated mound to ward off winter cold more efficiently.
- Do not cut back into that brown growth of wood because it will not rejuvenate. Be sure to stay within the growth that is green when trimming.
Pruning can slow down the growth that grows woody and prolongs the life of the lavender, and encourages the growth of more shoots that create more blooms.
Prune the lavender one time at the beginning of spring when new leaves are emerging from the bottom of the shrub.
A second light pruning should be done towards close of the summer, when youre removing the flowers that have died and preserving the mounds shape until the winter.
Check out this YouTube video to get a useful guide:
Lavenders can be Grown Indoors, Outdoors or in Pots
Lavender plants are a great choice for growing indoors, outside or in pots placed on balconies and patios.
The most important considerations to make when choosing where to plant your lavender should be whether it receives sufficient sunlight (lavenders require more than 6 hours of sunshine every day) and if they are able to be planted in soil that is porous , allowing the water to drain quickly since the roots of lavenders tend to dry out between irrigation.
Lavenders thrive best in pots because they provide perfect drainage conditions. However, you must ensure that there are ample drainage hole at the bottom of the pot to ensure that the water doesnt get sucked up in the bottom.
Check out my guide to growing lavender in Pots to learn the best methods to ensure that your lavender flowers and flourishes.
To grow indoor lavender, it is recommended to choose one of the smaller varieties like Lavandula Angustifolia munstead because they are the best for indoor use and will not take up all the window space!
The care for lavenders in the inside is like taking care of them in other places however it is recommended to stay clear of rooms that have humid conditions like the kitchen or bathroom as lavenders like dry, shady foliage.
Indoor lavenders are an excellent method to experience the distinctive scent of flowers in your home.
Check out the following guideline: Growing Lavenders Inside to learn the best methods and care guidelines
English Lavenders are Winter Hardy and Disease Resistant
The varieties of English lavenders, (popular kinds are Munsteadand Hidcote) are among the most durable lavenders capable of withstanding winter in climates with temperate temperatures which are subject to frosts.
Indeed, the varieties like Lady Lavender and Hidcote Superior can stand up to temperatures that are as low as 30 degC (-20 degrees Fahrenheit).
If you reside in a climate that is mild and does not reach freezing temperatures in winter , then youll be able to cultivate the more fragile Spanish, French and Italian lavender varieties as in addition to English.
If there are unseasonably cold snaps, then youll have to safeguard the non English lavenders in the winter by placing them in pots and then bringing them inside or by using the Cloche.
For easy, low-maintenance lavender that is disease-resistant it is recommended to choose the English varieties since they are the strongest and most reliable of all.
So long as English lavenders grow in well-drained soil and get plenty of sunlight They will be capable of surviving the cold winters and snow, and will be ready to flower the following year.
Pruning is a crucial as part of preparations for the outdoor lavender in winter. during winter, since cut lavender is more resistant to frost and snow damage.
Read my article for more information on preparing lavender for winter.
- Lavenders are drought-resistant plants and can easily withstand dry times if you dont keep them hydrated.
- The lavenders can be adapted to the poor soils , and dont require fertilization or feeding. Actually, feeding lavenders could frequently cause the growth of plants becoming leggy and a deficiency of flowers, so it is best to avoid fertilizers.
- Pruning lavenders takes only five minutes and needs to be done once each year to ensure the health of the plant.
- Based on the conditions of your home The lavenders can be grown effectively indoors, outdoors, or in pots, and produce plenty of fragrant flowers.
- English lavenders are able to withstand cold winters and are disease resistant. Root rot, a fungal infection could be avoided by planting lavenders in a well drainage soil and making sure that you dont overwater the plant.
- Pick a sunny location to grow your lavender that has at least six hours of sunlight. The more sunshine you get, the more scent and oil your lavender is in the position to produce.