Lavender is a beautiful, fragrant flower that has been used for centuries in perfumes, soaps, and potpourris. The plant is native to the Mediterranean region, but it is now cultivated in many parts of the world. Lavender oil is also popular in aromatherapy and has a calming effect when inhaled.
So, if you’re looking to add a touch of elegance to your home, then look no further than lavender! This fragrant herb is perfect for containers, and with a little care, it can thrive indoors or out. Here’s what you need to know about growing lavender in containers:
Growing Your Lavender
The key to success with lavender in containers is good drainage. This plant doesn’t like to stay wet for long periods, so it’s important to make sure your container has drainage holes and that you’re using a well-draining potting mix. You can also make your own by mixing equal parts sand, perlite, and peat moss.
To get started, choose a container that’s at least 12 inches wide and 12 inches deep. If you’re going to grow multiple plants in one container, choose one that’s at least 18 inches wide and 18 inches deep.
Once you’ve chosen your container, add some gravel to the bottom for drainage. Then, fill it with a well-draining potting mix.
Planting Your Lavender
Once your container is ready with potting mix and gravel, it’s time to plant your lavender. Place the plant in the container and backfill with soil, tamping it down gently around the plant. When you’re finished planting, water it well.
Choose A Warm, Sunny Spot
Lavender is a sun-loving plant, and it thrives in hot, sunny locations. This herb needs at least six hours of direct sunlight each day to grow and bloom properly. When grown in too much shade, lavender tends to be leggy and produce fewer flowers.
So, if you want your lavender to look its best, make sure to give it plenty of suns!
Caring For Your Lavender
Watering Your Lavender
When it comes to watering, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all, this is a very drought-tolerant plant, so you don’t need to water it very often. Overwatering is one of the most frequent difficulties people have with their lavender plants. So, when you water your plant, make sure to give it a good soaking and then allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again.
Another important thing to remember is that lavender does not like wet feet. This means that you should never let the roots of your plant sit in water for extended periods. If you do, the roots will start to rot, and your plant will eventually die. So, make sure to drain any excess water away from the roots of your plant after watering.
Pruning Your Lavender
Pruning is an important step in keeping your plant healthy and ensuring that it continues to produce fragrant blooms. The best time to prune is in the early spring before new growth begins.
Start by removing any dead or damaged stems, as well as any stems that are longer than about 12 inches. Next, cut back the remaining stems by about one-third. Be sure to make your cuts at a 45-degree angle, just above a leaf node.
Once you have finished pruning, give your plant a light trimming with shears to tidy up the shape. Lavender plants respond well to being pruned and often produce even more flowers after being trimmed back.
Fertilizing Your Lavender
Fertilizing is an important step in keeping your plant healthy and vibrant. While lavender is a relatively low-maintenance plant, it does need to be fertilized every few months to ensure optimal growth.
When selecting a fertilizer for your plant, consider one that is high in nitrogen and phosphorus. These nutrients will help stimulate healthy development and flowering.
Apply the fertilizer around the base of the plant, being careful not to get any on the leaves or flowers. Water the plants well after applying the fertilizer to help them absorb into the soil.
Pests And Diseases to Look Out For
Lavender is relatively disease- and pest-resistant, but watch out for powdery mildew, spider mites, and whiteflies. If you see any pests on your plant, remove them by hand or treat them with an appropriate insecticide.
Growing lavender in containers is a great way to enjoy this sweet-smelling herb indoors or out. With a little bit of care, your lavender plants will thrive and provide you with plenty of beautiful blooms all summer long.
Do you have any tips or tricks for growing lavender in containers? Let us know in the comments below!