Maintenance Tips For Lavender Perennial Plant


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The lavender plant is a perennial that can grow up to two and a half feet tall. Native to the Mediterranean, it has been used for thousands of years both as a medicinal herb and as an important ingredient in perfume. It was first introduced to England by Henry VIII’s French wife Catherine de Medici. Lavender plants are easy to care for if they are given proper attention during their growing season (roughly late spring through early fall). Following these tips will help your lavender perennial plants thrive year after year!

1. Plant lavender in full sun

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lavender perennial plants require six or more hours of direct sunlight daily to grow successfully.

2. Plant lavenders near your home for convenience

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lavender perennial plants thrive when they are planted within 100 feet of your house’s front entrance, as their fragrant flowers are best enjoyed up close! They also make lovely additions to entryways, patios, or sitting areas that are entertaining-oriented. If you have a large enough space available, plant several lavender plants together for an even more fragrant display.

3. Give them room to grow!

When it comes time to find the right spot to plant your lavender perennial plants take into consideration three things: ground coverage needed per plant (one square foot), heat and sunlight requirements (see above), and space availability for each plant. Your lavender perennial plants should never be crowded, so give them lots of room to grow!

4. Preparing your Lavender Bed

All lavender perennial plants need well draining soil in order to live a long healthy life. Amend any existing beds with 2-3 inches of organic compost prior to planting. Remove all weeds from the bed via hand or by using natural herbicides found in most garden supply stores.

5. Providing proper air circulation is essential when growing lavenders!

Periodically check your lavender perennial plants nearby perennials, trees, shrubs, etc., as these plants will compete for the same resources during their growing season.

6. Watering is an art, not a science!

When watering your lavenders always check the soil prior to watering; wait until the soil feels dry and give them a good deep drink. If planted in an area with scant rainfall (less than 20 inches per year) make sure you water regularly and deeply throughout their growing season (roughly late spring through early fall). A thorough watering once a week should be sufficient.

7. Deadheading is important when it comes to keeping your lavender plants healthy and happy!

It encourages new flowering growth, helps keep your garden tidy, and reduces any disease that may occur during the winter months (we’ll get into this later). Remove dead flowers by cutting back stems by one-third their length to the base of the plant. If you wait too long between cuttings, lavender plants will stop producing flowers and this leads to a weakening of the plants’ overall health.

8. Flowers should be harvested before 10:30 am when picking lavender for drying

Always choose healthy looking stems that haven’t begun flowering yet–lavender only produces showy blooms on new growth so don’t harvest anything older than 18 months! Cut stems about ¾ to 1 inch from their base and bundle them together, making sure there is no foliage touching the ground (if left upon the earth, organics begin decomposing and your dried lavender won’t dry as beautifully). Hang bundles upside down in a warm dry area with good air circulation. Drying time varies from weeks to months depending on the weather conditions where you live.

9. Pruning is a must for healthy lavender perennial plants!

Pruning your lavender perennial plants is an important aspect of proper care and maintenance, especially when it comes time to winterize your garden (we’ll get to this later). Lavenders are pruned by selectively removing approximately one-third to one-half of total stems each year, which encourages strong growth and better flowering. The best time for pruning is between mid-fall or right before spring’s new growth begins (late winter/early spring). Be sure to discard any diseased material as soon as possible, otherwise these issues can spread quickly and cause a significant loss of plants.

Conclusion

Lavender is a beautiful perennial plant that can add color and fragrance to any garden. However, it’s important to remember to give lavender perennial plants the proper maintenance in order to keep them looking their best. In this article, we have shared some tips on how to care for lavender plants. If you follow these guidelines, your lavender plants will be healthy and thriving for years to come!

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