English Lavender | 4" pot
I first started propagating this lavender with gray green foliage and narrow leaves two years ago. Last year was a failure. But this year, I am proud to offer these lavender from our cutting garden, grown in a combination of organic ProMix soil and Daddy Pete's sandy loam.
A native of the Mediterranean, Lavandula angustifolia has delicate, slim, and pale purple flowers – perfect in a summer bouquet and for drying. The ones I've bundled up last year look great and are still fragrant!
What do they need to thrive?
Lavender loves full sun, good drainage, and with a pH between 6.5 - 7.5. If the soil is too acidic, the Lavender will not thrive; if too alkaline, the plant will not be able to access enough nutrients since they will be "tied up" in the soil.
In the Carolinas where soil tends to have more clay content, I recommend growing it in a pot with drainage holes or planting on a mound in your garden beds.
Last but not least, it is not to be confused with the Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas), which are sometimes labeled as French Lavender, since it grows wild in France and commonly harvested and processed for oil in perfumes.
Can I grow lavender indoors?
Lavender can thrive indoors too, given the right size container and plenty of sun from a south-facing window.
When growing indoors, choose a pot that is only one to two inches larger than the plant's rootball. If the pot is too large, the soil around the plant could become waterlogged easily and cause the lavender to sit in its wet feet, which they detest and will wilt as a result!
What about soil?
Lavender loves lean soil. Fill the bottom of your pot with an inch or two of limestone gravel for drainage and alkalinity, and top it with a basic soilless mix made for containers.
Optional: Blend a tablespoon of lime into soil to give it more of an alkaline edge. Monthly, blend dried and ground eggshells into the top of soil to add lime.