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Growing Lavender

The unseasonably warm days of February have us thinking about planting more lavender!  We have staked off a new section and are preparing to plow it up soon so we can plant when the danger of frost is over. Very exciting!  Some of you have asked about planting your own lavender shrub so we are sharing some basic growing tips in this blog.  We hope it helps you to have a thriving lavender plant for years to come!
There are many varieties of lovely lavender.  It's important to choose a plant that has already proven to do well in your particular area.  We are in zone 7 and have had the most success with Munstead, Province, Grosso and Phenomenal. 
As you choose your planting spot remember lavender loves full sun!  Give it at least 8 hours a day and you will be rewarded for it.  Don’t even think of planting them in the shade!  Some lavender can eventually grow to a width of 4-5 feet!  Make sure you allow plenty of space for your variety.
Lavender is a Mediterranean plant so most of us will have to adjust our soil accordingly.    The perfect PH balance is in the neutral range 6.5-7.5.  It’s important to test your soil and add lime as needed. Lavender does not like to be fertilized on a regular basis, but mixing in bone meal or watering with a liquid fertilizer initially will aid in a good start to your plant.
Make sure your soil is well drained.  Mix sand and organic matter with clay-like soil to make it looser.  Place a thick layer of rocks in the bottom of the hole before planting.  Plant lavender in hills or on a slope to further aid in draining.
After choosing the perfect spot and preparing the soil, dig your hole larger than the size of your pot of lavender. Loosen the soil and make sure your additives are mixed in well.  Water well after planting. 
Lavender is drought tolerant, but, it’s important to regularly water new plantings. After their roots are established, watering once every two weeks seems to do just fine.  Overwatering can be deadly!

Regular pruning is necessary to keep your plant from getting woody and encourage growth. We pruned in the fall of the year and trimmed our plants in a ball shape.  Plants can also be pruned in early Spring before blooming. Always leave about two inches of green leaves on the stems.
Lavender plants fully mature in their 3rd season.  They can live over 15 years!  This is truly a shrub that gives and gives.  Happy planting!

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  • Sandra on

    I am very interested in your lavender products. I have found that lavender oil has really helped me with sleep issues. I can now use it at night and I am having vey good results. I work at the Patrick County Family Practice and I want to know how to purchase . I could drive to your farm.
    Thank you

  • Joy Lavender Farm on

    You’re welcome, Cindy! Maybe you can plant some lavender soon:)

  • Joy Lavender Farm on

    Thanks for your comments, Janie! I will keep you posted about future plants we might have available. It takes awhile to grow a farm…even a small one…so for now we’re having to stick with off site sales events. I would love to have something in your area…especially since I’m down there so often. Maybe this summer when I have fresh lavender… I’ll be thinking on that. Regardless, we need to get together! Blessings!!

  • Janie Killian on

    This is so interesting! I want to cut some older shrubs from the front of my house & would love to try lavender in that area. Not sure if there is full sun all day though so I’m gonna watch it to see before I plant. When you have plants for sale please let me know so maybe I could get a few for somewhere in my yard. You should do educational tours like the vineyards do & open a little shop for sales right there on site…you know I’d be the first in line! Are you planning to do any sales in this area…I’d make sure I got there with lots of friends in tow! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m so happy we’ve found each other again!

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