How to Plant Lavender Bushes

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How to Plant Lavender Bushes
Lavender bushes start small but grow to over 1,000 stems in about three years. (lavender image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Planting a lavender bush is an easy project. Lavender can be planted as a single plant in the garden or as a hedge along a walkway or in back of a flower bed. It takes about three years before a well-formed bush is created. Check with the local garden centre to find out what type of lavender grows best in the area; there are many varieties and some do better in warm weather while others are hardy and get through winter without much trouble.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Gravel
  • Trowel
  • Bonemeal
  • Powdered lime
  • Garden shears

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plant lavender in spring after all danger of frost is over. A fall planting is also feasible so long as there are two months before the first frost hits the area.

  2. 2

    Locate an area that has well-drained soil. Sandy soil or soil that has gravel is also suitable for lavender, but amend clay soil so that it drains. Soil pH should be between 6.5 and 7.5. Choose a sunny area that gets six to eight hours of sun a day.

  3. 3

    Remove all weeds from the area. Lavender does not compete well with other plants.

  4. 4

    Water the lavender plant while still in the nursery container about one hour before planting. Let the excess water drip out the bottom of the container.

  5. 5

    Dig a hole with a trowel that is a little larger than the root ball of the plant. Place 1 inch of gravel or stone in the bottom of the hole to promote good drainage. Sprinkle in a little bonemeal and lime if the soil pH is low; mix them into the soil.

  6. 6

    Prune the top and sides of the plant with garden shears. Remove it from the container and remove as much planting material as possible. Lavender does better being planted with bare roots. Spread out the roots.

  7. 7

    Sprinkle some soil in the hole and place the roots at the bottom. Start to fill the hole with soil and keep filling until the hole is full and it comes to the stem of the plant that was above ground in the original container. Press down to secure the plant in the ground

  8. 8

    Water the plant well. Keep the ground moist for one week after planting.

Tips and warnings

  • Space plants about 35 inches apart to allow for growth and good air circulation.
  • If soil pH is above 7.5, lavender will not bloom. If it is too alkaline the plant will not be able to absorb nutrients from the soil.

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