Despite its appearance, lavender is not a very delicate plant. In exchange for some care, you can enjoy its exquisite and relaxing aroma in your garden. Read on to find out what care lavender needs in terms of watering, substrate, lighting, fertilizer and pruning. Discover here everything you need to know.
Basic lavender care
Where should I place my lavender plants?
First of all, we want to recommend that you plant your lavender in your garden. Yes, it is true that you can grow lavender in a pot indoors. But the lavender plant is happier outdoors. This is because it is a plant that needs a lot of sunlight. And it will be easier to get it if it is in your garden or in your backyard.
Place your lavender in a place where it gets direct sunlight for at least six or seven hours a day. If you find it impossible to grow lavender outside, you can still grow it in a pot indoors. But for it to grow well, you should place it in a place where it receives as much natural light as possible.
Lavender will grow best in medium temperatures. That is, not too hot or too cold. Both extremes can damage the plant. In addition, your lavender plant should be placed in a place with good airflow.
Soil of the Lavender Plant
When growing lavender it is very important to take into account the ph of the soil. Lavender needs to grow in a relatively high pH soil. In other words, it needs a substrate with alkalinity. If you think you are meeting the needs of your lavender plant well and it is still starting to wilt, it is likely that the soil where it grows is not suitable.
Also, as with many other plants, excess water in the soil can rot the roots of the lavender. This is why lavender needs a light, oxygenated soil that can easily drain any excess water. To achieve this, it is ideal to include sand in the substrate mix.
As we have already told you, lavender is not a plant that is considered particularly delicate. For that reason, it is quite simple to water it. First of all, we must tell you to forget to water daily or too often. Lavender is a plant that is used to drought, so you will damage it if you water it too much.
You can water your plant weekly if the weather is hot. One way to know if you need to water your plant is to look at the substrate. If it looks dry, you can add water moderately. If the weather is cold, water even less frequently.
Remember to only water the soil where your plant grows. Avoid watering the foliage and branches.
As we mentioned, excess watering could put your plant’s health at risk. By watering it too much, you expose it to excessive humidity and with it, bacterial and fungal diseases.
How to fertilize lavender?
It is not necessary to fertilize the soil of your lavender plant. Lavender grows best in soil that does not provide it with too many nutrients. In fact, the less nourished the soil is, the more concentrated its fragrance will be.
If you have grown your lavender plant in a pot, you can add some fertilizer to it. Avoid fertilizers that are composed of organic material. It is best to acquire some liquid fertilizer that can be dissolved in the water you use for watering.
Keep in mind that through pruning you can give your plant the shape you want. You will determine the right time to perform the pruning by guiding you through the lavender’s flowering season. Prune before or after this time. Use pruning to remove any dry leaves, stems, or flowers that might make your plant look bad. You will see that with a good pruning your plant will grow healthier and more resistant.
Finally, we would like to mention that having a lavender crop at home can be very beneficial. Lavender has medicinal properties that can help you reduce stress or end your insomnia problems.
Besides, there is nothing more relaxing than smelling the fresh scent of lavender in your garden. Tell us what you think about our advice.