Lavender - Knowledgebase Question

Charlotte, No
Question by roseonnet
March 23, 2009
Just planted lavender in a garden soil/peat moss mixture. How can I get it to growly quickly? Fertilizer suggestions, how often?


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Answer from NGA
March 23, 2009

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Lavender doesn't need and actually doesn't appreciate fertilizer applications. When given the right growing conditions, lavender will grow beautifully. Mulch around your plant. Sand or pea gravel make better mulches than heavier barks. A mulch of sand will moderate the soil temperature and reflect heat and light up to the plant. Some think this helps to prevent fungal diseases. More heat creates more fragrant blooms.

Lavender is particularly drought resistant after they are mature and well established. However, during the first year, they need to be watered regularly, especially during the hottest summer days. Don't forget to keep watering into the fall if you encounter a dry spell. Most importantly, enjoy your beautiful plant!

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