How to Move a Lavender Plant

Updated February 21, 2017

Lavender plants can be used to add zip to desserts and main dishes, and dried lavender blossoms can perfume a room. There are many colourful lavenders you can add to your garden; some unusual cultivars even have yellow blossoms. As your lavender outgrows its pot, you will want to move it into a larger container or into a garden bed. With a little care, you can safely transplant your lavender into a more suitable home in a matter of minutes.

Prepare the soil in the new site. If you're moving lavender from a container to a garden bed, turn the soil in the garden bed over with a large shovel to aerate it. Remove 1/3 to 1/2 of the natural garden soil and replace with potting soil or compost. If you're moving your lavender plant from one container to a larger one, make sure the new container is clean and fill it halfway with fresh potting soil.

Prepare a hole if you plan to plant in a garden bed. The hole should be twice as large as your lavender plant's root ball.

Poke the soil around the base of your lavender plant with a small spade or garden fork. Keep your hand pointed straight down; don't jab inward or you'll hit the lavender plant's roots. You're trying to loosen the soil.

Grasp your lavender plant near the base. Tug lightly. The plant should start to break free from the container as its roots loosen. If you don't feel the plant moving, don't tug harder. Return to poking the soil with your shovel until you've loosened enough soil to remove the plant.

Place the lavender plant in the new container or garden bed. The plant should be at the same depth as it was planted in the previous container. Add or remove dirt in order to achieve proper planting depth.

Cover the plant's roots over with soil until the container or hole is full. Do not pack the soil down; the water will compact it for you.

Water the replanted lavender thoroughly.

Things You'll Need

  • Lavender plant
  • Potting soil
  • Large shovel
  • Small spade
  • Container (optional)
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