How do I grow Lavender? 6 Secret Tips to ensure your Lavender Thrives!
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Lavender is known for its beauty, delightful fragrance and its endless amount of uses.
Many people try on countless occasions to grow it, only to have it wilt or not turn out as expected. If you follow our advice, your lavender will be flourishing in no time!
It is commonly thought of as quintessentially British, yet lavender actually originated on the coastal hills of the Mediterranean, where sunny days are the norm and their soil is rather dry. This is where it can be very easy to over water your lavender.
- Buying your Plants: When you purchase your lavender make sure that you pick the right one for your needs. We can of course help you ensure you choose the right lavender. With hundreds of variety’s there is plenty of choice!
- Location, Location, Location : Lavender adores sunshine and decent drainage, so planting your lavender in an area where it can get as much sun as possible would be ideal! Now I know sunshine is not a common occurrence in the UK, so don’t panic, Lavender can indeed survive and thrive in areas of shade as well, as long as you avoid areas under trees or leafy canopy’s your lavender will be fine. If your soil has a clay like consistency add some sand to improve the drainage for your Lavender plants.
- 3) Planting you Lavender Plants : Now that you have found the perfect spot for your lavender, we would advise planting them on a cool day instead of in the blazing sunshine, then dig out your spaces for your lavender (ensuring that the plants are firmly in the soil) you can then stand back and marvel at your hard work!
- 4) When to water : We always recommend watering your lavender plants for the first 3 weeks giving your lavender a chance to establish itself, of course if there are torrential downpours use your own judgement. Lavender requires very little maintenance, so don’t be tempted to over water them.
- 5) Hungry? : There is no need to feed your lavender with any plant food or anything else.
- When to trim your lavender : You want to be cutting back your lavenders after the lavender has finished its flowering for the summer, in the UK this is usually around the end of August to the start of September. We recommend trimming about half an inch above the hard word, you should then see the new growth reappearing within a few weeks.
You too can have thriving lavender plants that will provide decades of beauty along with the well known timeless scent of lavender.