7 Essential Facts About Growing Lavender Plants
Learn helpful tips about growing and caring for lavender plants, including how much sun they need and how long they bloom.
Lavender Comes From a Big Plant Family
Lavender plants are part of the mint family and boast more than 450 varieties found throughout the world. There’s sure to be one that’s right for your flower garden!
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Lavender Plants Have a Long Bloom Time
Depending on the species and season, lavender plants may bloom for up to eight weeks. So you’ll have a long time to enjoy their beauty and fragrance in your garden.
Lavender Plant Care: Specific Soil Needs
Aromatic lavender plants need well-draining and neutral soil with a pH of about 7, which mimics their native Mediterranean habitat.
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How to Plant Lavender: Give It Space to Grow
Space lavender plants at least 12 inches apart when planting to give the beautiful, wand-like blooms room to spread out and thrive.
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Where to Plant Lavender: Full Sun
Don’t put lavender in your shade garden. To truly flourish, a lavender plant needs at least six hours in the sun per day—longer is even better.
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Lavender Plants Produce an Essential Oil
English lavender plants might produce only 1/4 teaspoon of lavender oil per pound of flower heads. Luckily, other lavender species and cultivars produce much more oil.
Look for Lavender Down Under
Want the ultimate lavender experience? One of the world’s largest privately owned lavender farms is Australia’s Bridestowe Lavender Estate, with 260 acres of blooming purple beauty.
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