Growing lavender in pots is a great way to add color and fragrance to your home. The plants can be grown indoors, in containers, or even hanging baskets. This blog post will walk you through the steps you need to know to grow beautiful full containers of lavender that you can enjoy year-round. To grow lavender in pots takes a bit of know-how to get it right, but we have you covered with all the tips you need.
Having fresh lavender around the home is wonderful for drying, adding to cooking, crafts, or just hanging in your closet to freshen it up! Or check out our full post on 15 ways to use lavender around the home.
Does lavender grow well in pots?
Lavender can grow well in containers so long as a few key needs are met.
The first need is to ensure that the pot has good drainage. Without drainage holes, you run the risk of waterlogging your lavender and causing root rot.
The second thing you need for your lavender to grow well in pots is light & water. But not just light and water, we need to ensure that the plant has the right levels of both to grow healthy year after year.
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What size pot should I buy?
It would be best to look for pots larger than 12 inches for a showy display, but you do not need deep pots. For example, 6-8 inches deep is adequate for lavender’s short root system.
Plant 1 lavender plant per 1 square foot of potting space.
How much soil should I put in my pots?
For containers, use about six inches deep of good quality garden soil.
Note: It’s best not to pack down your soil too hard when planting because it can cause problems later down the line. Lavender plants can become “root bound,” stunting growth and stressing the plant. Stressed plants tend to succumb to diseases and pests far more than healthy plants.
What is the best soil to use?
Any well-draining type of soil is suitable for planting lavender.
One popular option is a cactus or succulent mix, which typically contains a mixture of sand, peat moss, and perlite. These three ingredients are necessary because they all provide different benefits that make them perfect for growing plants such as lavender.
What tools do I need to plant my pot?
In addition to choosing your soil, you’ll also want some garden stakes or stones (to weigh down the pots) and plenty of good quality compost so you can start fertilizing from day one!
You may even consider adding in a few slow-release organic fertilizer pellets. A few extras you may want to consider:
- Garden gloves
- Plant Markers
Or check out our post on all the must indoor gardening or outdoor gardening tools!
How much light will my container lavender require?
Lavender plants require full sun.
For indoor plants, it’s best to place them in the sunniest southern facing window or under a grow light.
For outdoors, be sure to add them to any spaces in your yard that receive at least 8-10 hours of sun.
How often should I water my Lavender pots?
Overwatering is one of the leading causes of failure when growing lavender! So it’s best if you check the soil regularly.
The key to watering your plants is moderation: make sure they don’t get too dry or overwatered (you’ll know when it’s time to water again because there will be roots coming out of the drainage holes in the bottom!) The general rule of thumb is once every two weeks.
What are some of the best varieties of lavender to grow in pots?
Some of the most popular lavender types for pots are:
Every type of lavender has its characteristics and benefits, but they’re all great plants to grow in containers.
The best way is to choose based on colour preference. For example, if you like purple flowers, then the “Grosso” variety will be perfect for you because it’s a deep lilac shade. On the other hand, if you want something more blueish or greenish, get an “English Lavender.” And some people love the scent of Provence lavender. There are tons of fragrant varieties out there, but these three types are the most popular.
How do I start lavender from seed?
If you want to start lavender from seed, then you need the freshest seeds possible. You can find them at your local nursery or on a reputable website like Amazon.
To grow lavender from seed, you’ll need to prepare your pots ahead of time. First, fill them with potting soil and then sow the seeds on the top. Next, press them into the soil very gently and then sprinkle with potting mixture.
Lavender seedlings require lots of light to germinate, so be sure to use a sunny window or use grow lights.
Water the seeds daily and keep them moist at all times, but don’t overwater! Instead, water only when they need it.
Then wait for about four weeks before planting outside or moving on to your containers.
How do I take cuttings from my lavender plant?
If you want to take cuttings from your lavender plant, then all you need is a few inches of stem. Cut the stems off below where it meets the leaves and place them in a container or jar filled with water.
Put the lid on loosely so that some air can escape without letting any bugs get into it.
Keep these watered regularly until they start sprouting roots. Once the cuttings have grown roots at least 2 inches long, go ahead and plant on in your containers. Remember, each lavender plant will require at minimum 1 square foot of space.
Once established in its new potting mix, keep well watered and fertilized as needed.
How do I harvest Lavender?
Cut freshly bloomed lavender stems with a clean pair of gardening shears or sharp sanitized scissors. It would help if you cut the stem close to the bottom of the lowest branch.
Make sure to cut at least an inch off from the top of the soil. This cutting method helps prevent bugs and mold from getting on your lavender plant.
You can strip away the lavender buds and use them fresh in baking (so long as You used no pesticides during their growth cycle)
I often dry my lavender in my dehydrator; you can also tie a bundle and hang it upside down in a dry, warm spot.
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How do I store Lavender?
Store dried lavender by putting it into an airtight container filled with cotton balls. Keep this stored away from light and heat, which will make it lose its scent more quickly than if left exposed to open air.
Some interesting facts about lavender:
- Lavender was used as a scent for perfume in ancient Rome.
- It is the most popular essential oil and can be found at many grocery stores these days.
- The scent of lavender is said to be relaxing, and studies have shown it to be mildly effective for insomnia and anxiety.
- There are over 20 species of lavender!
- Lavender is even edible. It makes a beautiful cooking herb. It’s delicious used in baking for custards, cookies, and even cakes! Lavender is popular in dishes from France.
- Lavender is one of the most used scents in bath and body products, from bath salts to soap, it’s the fragrance you can most easily find.
Growing Lavender In pots – Not as Hard as You Thought!
Growing lavender in pots may seem a bit challenging at first glance, but it’s easier than you think with these easy steps. If you follow these instructions, there will be no need for fear when growing lavender. Be sure to give yourself tie to enjoy this wonderful plant and all its wonderful uses.
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