Potted lavender care advice
There are few aromas in the world as recognizable as lavender. Lavender not only smells wonderful, but it is also very practical and is often used in teas, foods and to deter insects. Although these plants are usually grown outdoors in the garden, the good news is that you can grow them in your home too. Here are some care instructions to ensure you get the most out of your potted lavender plant:
Step 1: What to Look for in a Container
Make sure the container is large enough for the lavender plant to grow. You should also make sure the pot is filled with soil to hold plenty of water. If the container is light in colour (like white, for example), it will reflect the light and help keep the plant cool. Darker containers attract heat and can really heat up your poor potted lavender plant in the summer months. The container should have enough drainage holes so that the plant does not remain in soggy soil after watering. Sturdy pots that widen towards the edge are ideal.
Step 2: Ideal pot conditions
Whether you order your lavender from your local florist or nursery, you’ll be sure to receive it already potted. There is no need to disturb the plant if all its preferred conditions are already met. A soil-less potting mix is ideal for growing potted lavender. You can sprinkle a little lime into the potting soil, but be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Before placing soil in the pot, you should line it with newspaper to retain some water and insulate it from cold and heat. However, do not cover the drainage holes. Scatter some pebbles on the bottom of the pot to aid drainage. Fill it ¾ full with potting soil and place your lavender plant in the pot and fill it with potting soil to the level where the plant was previously planted. Water your plant and make sure the water is drained. If the water does not drain properly, use a stick to gently move the stones away from the bottom. Add about a half inch of mulch on top of the potting soil to help retain some moisture.
Step 3: Regular care
Use a liquid fertilizer every time you water the potted lavender plant. Soil is extremely porous and quickly loses nutrients. It is essential to maintain a healthy environment if you want your plant to thrive. Remember to water early in the morning or in the evening so your plant can fully enjoy the water and nutrients you provide. Keep an eye on your plant for the first few weeks to make sure it is getting enough water. Be careful during the winter months and do not leave the lavender plant in a room that is too cold. Lavender also enjoys good air circulation, so avoid placing it in corners or similar parts of the house that don’t enjoy regular air movement. Prune about a third of the plant after each flowering to encourage healthy growth.
As you can see, growing potted lavender does not need to be a demanding chore. As long as the plant’s basic needs are met, you will enjoy all the benefits of these beautiful, aromatic blooms. Remember, lavender has many uses around the household so you will not only enjoy the appearance of the plant but the benefits of its flowers too.