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Lavender (Lavendula spp.) are hardy perennial plants that are well known for their attractive clumps of silver-grey, aromatic foliage and purple to blue flower spikes. The flowers appear in late spring to early summer. However, due to long flowering periods which vary across a range of varieties, it is possible to have lavender in flower for most of the year. Lavender is fantastic for attracting bees into your garden, so great to have near the vegetable patch or fruit trees to promote better pollination.


How to grow lavender in a garden

How to grow from seed:

  1. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds, cover, firm down and water well. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don’t dry out. 
  2. While the seedlings are growing, choose a sunny spot in the garden and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.  If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well.
  3. Once seedlings have emerged, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.  Allow seedlings to grow to about 7cm before transplanting.
  4. When transplanting them into your prepared garden bed, ensure seedlings are well spaced – at least 30 to 40cm apart. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw and water in well.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food to ensure strong root development.

How to grow established plants:

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down.  Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food to ensure strong root development.

     
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How to grow lavender in a pot

How to grow from seed:

  1. Choose a pot that has adequate drainage holes and place it in a position that is in a sunny position.  
  2. Fill with a quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. 
  3. Wearing gloves, sow seeds in trays filled with Yates Seed Raising Mix and transplant into pots when seeds are 5cm tall. 
  4. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.  Allow seedlings to grow to about 7cm before transplanting.
  5. When transplanting them into your prepared pot, ensure seedlings are well spaced.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food to ensure strong root development.

How to grow established plants:

  1. Choose a pot at least 600mm wide. Position in full sun and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  2. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  5. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food to ensure strong root development.

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Growing tips

  • Lightly cut back after flushes of flowering to retain shape and promote young healthy growth.
  • Bee attracting plant.
  • Plant can suffer from stress and yellowing if overwatered. Limit watering to once or twice a week depending on your soil type and weather conditions.

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