How to Transplant Lavender Properly

Last Updated on November 2, 2022 by Stephanie

The ideal time to plant a lavender is in the early spring, as it will lessen the shock of transplant. It is possible to transplant lavenders into your garden or pots, provided you amend your soil to ensure adequate drainage and consistently water throughout the first year until the lavender is established.

It is nevertheless possible to transfer lavenders any time of the year, if needed however, it could have more noticeable effects on the quantity of blooms that are produced when it is transplanted outside of the ideal springtime window.

Transplanting in winter is not recommended as the winter is cold, and soils tend to hold more water during this time of year while lavender roots prefer to remain dry.

In order to successfully transplant lavenders, you must:

  • Make sure the soil drains fast by adding grit and sand. is often required.
  • Examine the pH of your soil The lavenders like a soil pH between 6.5-7.5.
  • The lavender should be watered regularly for one year (but not excessively) until the lavender is well-established in the new habitat.
  • It is recommended to add an edging of white stone to improve the suns exposure, which will boost blooms.
  • Pick the most sunny spot within the gardens (more than six hours of direct sunlight).
  • The lavender should be planted at least 2 feet from other plants in order to guarantee the best airflow and sunlight exposure.

Read on to learn the exact steps to transfer lavender and keep a note of helpful suggestions on how to reduce the impact of your lavender transplant as it adapts to its new surroundings.

Choose a Sunny, Dry Location for Transplanting

Lavenders need at least 6 hours of sunshine per day , but they will yield the most effective results when they are when they are in full sunlight.

The less light that a lavender gets, the less it blooms and create the oil responsible for its fragrance. Consequently, it is likely to develop a sagging and untidy appearance. When you place the flower is located in complete shade, it wont be able to thrive because it is incompatible to the Mediterranean conditions for which it is most for.

The full sun helps keep the soil, leaves and roots of the lavender dry , making it is less prone to fungal diseases.

The transplanting process to a pot can be beneficial as you will be able to transfer your lavender plant to the sunniest area and it will dry out faster than planting it in the ground which is beneficial to the roots.

Do not transplant lavender into low-lying or humid areas of your garden, which can become damp from the natural process or for long time after a rain.

Pots, raised beds or plant lavender in rockeries or mounds will all create more favorable draining conditions to lavenders, as alternative to beds with moist soil.

Plant lavenders about 2 to 3 feet apart to let air circulation through the foliage which reduces the humidity and prevent fungal diseases.

French Lavender

Dig your hole and amend the Soil

The next step to the successful transplant of lavender is to amend and dig the soil in order to improve drainage.

Lavender thrives in soils that are sandy, poor in fertility and drains quickly. It is a perfect replica of the soil conditions of lavenders native Mediterranean range.

If you move the lavender to fertile organic soil that is able to hold moisture, or into clay soils, then the lavender is likely to be affected by root rot, and the soil could be fertile enough (high fertility soils stimulate growth of the foliage and produce flowers).

The ideal soil should be between 30% of sand (or gritty) to 70 percent soil. Sand will ensure that the soil has the structure necessary for the water from the root as effectively as is possible.

Sand and grit do not provide any nutrients to soil, so it balances out soils that are rich, meaning that lavender will produce an attractive bloom.

The hole youre making or the container youre using must at least 18 inches deep and 16 inches wide , as it will allow for the lavenders root system once it has fully established.

If youre planting lavender in soil that is prone to hold water (clay soils, for instance) the larger the area that you can amend with sand , the more effective, so that the water doesnt just disappear from the amended 18-inch soil and get a foothold or flow too slowly out of the clay soil beneath.

Make sure to work the grit and sand into the soil using spades or a tiller, and ensure that there is a decent spread of sand across the soil.

In soils that have a clay content, gravel is more effective than sand in creating the proper structure for drainage.

Potted lavender can move the plant into the pot using 30% sand and 70 percent potting mix, or a well draining soil. It is crucial that the pot is equipped with drainage holes at the base, allowing the excess water to drain away.

Check your soil pH. If your soils pH is in the range of the pH range of 6.5 up to 7.5 then it is in the right range for growing lavender. The majority of garden soil falls in this range since the majority of organic matter, once fully decomposed will be at or near pH 7. (neutral).

If you do have questions, you can purchase an affordable soil testing kit on Amazon or at a garden store.

Solil tests are easy to conduct and you can do it multiple times, and theyre a less expensive than many lavender plants. In the event that your soil appears too acidic (below pH 6.5) then include some wooden ash or agricultural lime to bring the pH to a suitable level.

Lift the Lavender from the soil with a fork

I recommend using a garden fork while planting lavenders because they are less likely to slice through roots when digging compared to the shovel or spade that are more random.

Use your fork to work around the circumference of your lavender and tease it slowly, then lift it up using as much soil as feasible, as this will reduce the shock of transplantation (unless its already planted in clay soil that is not suitable for).

Top Tip. Make sure to soak the soil in an irrigation container prior to digging, as this helps the soil stay together more tightly around the roots. The more of the soil is held by a form around the roots, it is possible to transfer it with the lavender and the less likely that your plant is going to suffer from transplant shock.

Transplant shock refers to the time in which the plant undergoes after being transplanted to its new habitat. The shock of transplantation can impede the development of a lavender plant and make it less likely to flower that year, or even cause the plant to die. But with proper treatment, this is extremely unlikely.

The lavender plant should be planted in the hole you just dug and then cover your roots in soil.

The soil should be firmly pressed around the lavender with your hands to give the plant some stability, but dont apply too much force since the roots fight to grow themselves in the soil.

The best advice. The most common method used for commercial growers of lavender is to apply white stones or gravel mulch to surround at the bottom of their lavender. This helps keep the weeds at bay and also help reflect sunlight back to the plant, which to keep the plants foliage dry (to decrease the risk of developing disease) and helps encourage the growth of the lavender and bloom spectacularly.

Each week, water lavender is sprayed following transplant (Let the soil dry between watering)

It is essential provide the plant with a bath right after planting, in a large amount of water while it adapts to its new surroundings.

The plants of the lavender family are drought-tolerant that thrive on frequent watering and are more susceptible to suffering from excessive watering than a shortage of water since they have adapting to the hot, dry regions in southern Europe.

But a lavender which has just been transplanted may require more time and care until it is more established during the next season.

The most important thing to remember when you water your lavender is to not over-water. If you water your lavender often enough, it can become droopy in appearance, and the leaves may turn brown, which could be a sign of root decay. If you notice the signs of stress in your lavender, check out my article to find the remedy.

The watering of transplanted lavenders in pots requires more attention as pots tend to heat up during hot days, that dry them out fast, as well as the roots system is usually more exposed than it would be if planted.

However , transplanted lavenders usually thrive in pots since they offer the ideal drainage conditions. Check out my article on on watering the lavender plants in pots for the complete guide.

Always make sure to water the bottom of the plant. It is ideal to water it early in the morning since it will fill your plant for water for the next day. Watering late at night is a good way to attract insects like slugs, which are not a target for lavender, but could attack other plants in your garden.

After a year, the lavender will grow and youll only have to water during periods of drought.

(Read my article on on how you can plant lavender inside pots).

Additional Transplanting Tips

  • The species of English lavenders and their various hybrids are tolerant of cold, so they can be left out in the winter. However, if you own Spanish, French or Italian lavender varieties, I suggest moving them into pots and bringing the plants inside during winter, before they get their first frosts. Set them in the window that gets the most sunlight in your home.
  • The most effective kinds of mulch to transplant lavenders is wood bark, stone, or at least transparent white stones. Avoid using organic moisture-retaining material like grass clippings or leaf mould because they can cause humid conditions that could lead to the loss of your lavender plant due to root decay.

Summary of How to Transplant Lavender

  • Transplant lavenders early in the spring, if you can since lavenders are coming out of winter dormancy, and are less prone to shock from transplants than if they were transplanted in mid-season.
  • Pick a sunny area in your garden to transplant since lavenders thrive in full sunshine.
  • Make the transplant site or pot first , then alter the soil by adding lots of gravel or sand to aid in drainage.
  • Plant the lavender, then firm the soil to ensure stability, but dont make the soil compact.
  • It is important to water the plant immediately after it has been planted and then water every week for the next few weeks, with a good soak.
  • In the following four weeks cut back watering to once every two weeks. Only water if there is no rain.

If youve transferred your lavender to pots, then take a look at my complete guide that covers everything from pruning to winter care to ensure the highest bloom and growth from your potted lavender.

If your lavender appears unhealthy, take a glance at this article on ways to treat the dying lavender.



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