Lavender is of Southern European origin so it has a
liking for warm, sunny conditions and a soil that drains well. They
also prefer slightly alkaline soil. Your aim should be to mimic these
conditions as much as possible.
If your soil is heavy, dig in as much well-rotted compost as
possible. Used mushroom compost is ideal if you can get you hands on
some. This will improve the drainage of the soil.
To make the soil more alkaline,
click here for
our page on acid and alkaline soils.
The best time to plant lavender is in early autumn or mid-spring.
Simply turn the pot upside down and tap the plant out of the pot into
your hand. Plant it so that it is at the same level with the soil as
it was in the pot.
If your soil is lacking in nutrient then feed at planting time with
a general purpose liquid fertilise. If you have normal soil there is
no need to feed lavender. If the soil is dry at planting time, give
the lavender some water but in normal conditions this is not required.
To help them lay down a good root system and develop foliage cut
off all the flower stems after planting. Another good tip is to pinch
out the tops of leaf and stalks which are taller than the rest of the
plant. This will encourage lavender to become bushier.
Allow enough room for the lavender when it is fully mature. For
spread at maturity see the previous page.
If planting for a hedge then subtract about 15cm (6in) from the spread
at maturity. This will ensure that the hedge is evenly packed.
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