How to Transplant Lavender

Updated July 19, 2017

The appearance of Lavender in your garden is a definite sign that spring has arrived. Its lovely fragrance and delicate, graceful blooms are a beautiful addition to any landscape. If you’ve decided to transplant your Lavender from one garden spot to another, here are a few important facts that will help you prepare for the big move.

Wait until your Lavender sprouts are about 3 months old before transplanting them into small pots if you’re starting from seeds. Wait another 3 months before transplanting them into larger pots or into the ground.

Pay close attention to soil drainage when choosing a new garden spot for your Lavender (if you’re starting with mature plants). Poor drainage is the primary reason why Lavender transplants fail. Consider transplanting to a raised bed to assure proper drainage. Water regularly, but not too frequently. Lavender tells you when it needs water--its leaves begin to droop.

Clear the new spot of all weeds before transplanting your Lavender. Weeds are a huge nuisance to small Lavender plants, as they are stronger, faster growers and will take over the site. If you wait until after the transplant, the chore of weeding can become tedious and will take much longer to complete.

Prepare the new site. Dig a large hole for the transplant, as Lavender plants have very large root balls. This is also a good time to divide your Lavender to create more plants. Place a little limestone gravel in the new hole before planting the Lavender. This will help maintain the pH between 6.5 and 7.5, where Lavender thrives.

Mulch with either limestone or compost, but don’t let the mulch touch the trunk of the plant.

Lavender likes to be crowded into small spaces if you're planting in pots. If you maintain your Lavender in pots, you’ll probably have to transplant it into a slightly larger pot each spring so it will have room for additional growth in the upcoming year. Use fresh potting soil each time you repot for the most abundant and dazzling shades of Lavender you can imagine.

Things You'll Need

  • Sunny garden spot with good drainage
  • Shovel
  • Garden gloves
  • Limestone gravel
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Susan Steen graduated from the University of New Orleans, where she earned a B.A. in sociology and a certification in social work. She has been a freelance and contract writer for 22 years. Her work has been published in “Evidence Technology Magazine,” “Louisiana Bar Journal,” the Cobblestone children’s educational publications “Faces” and “Appleseeds,” the Waterford Literacy Program, and a variety of websites.