Does lavender have to be winterized? - Knowledgebase Question

williamsfield, Il
Question by countrygirl18
January 6, 2010
I received some lavender that was in pots this fall. I have brought them in for the winter in and put them in a sunny southwest window sill. Do I have to bring them in every winter or are they hardy enough to brave the cold? Thanks

Answer from NGA
January 6, 2010


Lavender is generally hardy to zone 4 (you are in zone 5) so your plants should winter over in your garden. The most important consideration is excellent drainage. If the roots get waterlogged during the winter months the plants will die. Now that you have them indoors, keep them in until the weather warms in the spring. Then plant them in a sunny site with fast draining soil and they should be fine next winter. Best wishes with your lavender plants.

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