How to Grow Lavender Plants | Growing Lavender

The robust smell and diverse shades of purple, blue, soft pink and white flowers, learn how to grow lavender in this article.

Lavender is a must grow old world plant. Every garden should have at least a few bushes of this beautiful, fragrant herb (if possible). Also, growing lavender is easy, however, there are some basic requirements and tips that must be fulfilled.

how to grow lavender

Usually, lavender blooms from June to September. Growing on long, thin stalks its flowers sway gently in the wind, spreading intoxicating aroma. An additional advantage is its slightly mossy and serrated silvery foliage that looks marvelous in landscaping.

Also Read: Landscaping With Lavender

USDA Zones – 5-9

Difficulty – Easy

pH level – 6.5-7.5

Requirements For Growing Lavender

All lavender varieties like full sun and, light well-drained slightly alkaline soil. Clay-rich waterlogged soil is harmful to lavender. Lavender does not tolerate competition. If it is planted densely, it doesn’t grow well. The plant requires good air circulation too.

3 Most Popular Varieties of Lavender

Lavandula Angustifolia (English lavender) – Grows to a height of 70 cm during the flowering time and about 50 cm without flowers, creating a rounded dome. It can be planted in intervals, or as a hedge, over which beneficial insects swarm and wonderful aroma wafts from it. This lavender variety grows well in the cold climate (USDA Zones 5-8).

Lavandula stoechas (Spanish lavender) – Comes from the Mediterranean countries, it is also called as topped lavender. It is a tender perennial, looks very impressive, nicely scented flowers have a purple or white color that forms a fluffy dome shape and carries the scent of camphor (USDA Zones 6-9).

Lavandula dentata (French Lavender) – A somewhat delicate scent between lavender and rosemary erupts from the whole plant. It has serrated silvery green colored foliage and purple colored spiky flowers. It is more suitable for subtropics and tropics (USDA Zones 8-10)

Also Read: Is It Possible To Grow Lavender In Tropics?

Planting Lavender


Sowing lavender seeds depend on the variety you’re growing and climate, basically spring is the best season to start this. Although you can sow seeds anytime during the growing season when the temperature ranges from 40 F to 80 F as this is the optimum germination temperature of lavender seeds.

Seedlings will germinate in two to four weeks after sowing; transplant them in a favorable location in a well drained potting mix using bone meal, lime and compost in equal amount in a total of ½ cup, you can also add sand if your soil is heavy and clay-rich. To read more on how to grow lavender from seeds, read this article.

Before transplanting, just make 18” mound of soil and plant lavender in it. This is the best technique to restrict soggy and water logged soil and to improve air circulation.

Take care about watering, water only when soil becomes dry. You don’t need to fertilize lavender often but if you want, add compost or manure in the beginning of growing season, that’s enough.


Pruning lavender is important to encourage new growth and flowers. You should prune it twice in a year: Once in a spring in the beginning of growing season (soft pruning) and once after the end of flowering as well.

If your plant is small and has no flowers, it doesn’t need pruning. But if the plant is big and shrubby, prune it after the flowering when the flowers lose their color in late summer; grab the bush and neatly cut it back to 1/3 of its height.

A Few Tips

  • Don’t cut down to its leafless wood.
  • After about 6 years of growing, lavender starts to look unsightly, you’ll need to rejuvenate it by heavy pruning or replace that plant with a new one.

Diseases and Pests

Lavender is a tough plant and repels most of the pests but due to lack of maintenance and inaccuracy in growing it suffers (especially in winter). Read this article to learn how to care for lavender in winter.

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The robust smell and diverse shades of purple, blue, soft pink and white flowers, learn everything you need to know for growing lavender!


  1. Couple things I learned about lavender: grows best where your auto sprinklers can’t reach. Loves ‘hot’. That’s why it grows nicely next to a sidewalk or a gravel path. If it’s happy, it seeds itself. Use tiny plants to replenish when old plants look tired. Trimming is essential if you want it be happy.
    And don’t do what I did only once, because all my neighbors thought I’d started a wild fire! Never use your ‘propane weed burner’ anywhere near lavender! It is full of oil and goes up like a bomb!
    Secondly, grow enough to share. Folks will stop and ask. It’s a great conversation starter. We’ve shared many a glass of wine on the front porch over lavender sharing! Enjoy!
    Did you ever notice how gardeners talk about plants as friends they cherish?

  2. I’m in hot, dry El Paso. I have sandy soil, but everything seems to wilt even after watering every other day. What can I do? 7% humidity here, at about 3700 ft.

    • I’m in EP too, i’ve tried lavender several times always died in the pot. I’m going to phone in and ask the master gardeners on the ‘good to grow’ radio program on Saturday morning at 88.5 fm

  3. Lucky you! I live in a zone 5 and planted about 10 lavender plants that were already fairly mature , They came iin plastic pots from a reputable nursery and we had two different types ( both purple) but one grew better than the other and even lost a few which we replaced. I was so excited to have a long and slightly curvy area to plant them with plenty of sun. One side was the concrete patio walkway and then two feet or so of dirt with a stone wall on the other side! Sounds good, right! Well, those poor lavenders did not do well at all!! I don’t know if it was the dirt or is oil insects or too wet but it was a sad 1st year! I am watching to see what Winter has done and will try again! I don’t know what we did wrong? I had grown lavender at a past house and that did wonderful! Any ideas or suggestions so we can have a walkway of lavender like the beautiful pictures show! Thanks and happy gardening!!!!

    • Maybe test the ph level of the soil it’s growing in. The article specified it liked a ph of 6.5-7.5 at the very top of the article.

  4. If you are in Windsor or south, you are south of Detroit which is Zone 5. Sandy soil mounded, mild trimming. The lake effect will help, but only with South winds. you may need more sun, so if indoors, South window.
    Intermitent water, never daily. Speciman plants best, no crowding. Ex-detroiter, now colorado.

  5. I am in South Carolina. For the first time I decided to buy couple of lavender plants. I put them in a pot of lofty soil and in the sun. I have had them almost two months now and they have not grown at all!!!!! They are literally doing NOTHING!!! About 6″ tall and holding! HELP!!!!!!

  6. I’m in Louisiana. How does lavender grow here? I love the smell and beauty of this plant. Any thoughts on my zone?


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