How To Plant Lavender In Georgia

Congratulations on wanting to plant lavender and enjoy it’s amazing beauty and aroma for yourself.  It’s not easy to grow lavender in Georgia or any part of the South. Our hot humid with rainy days are not suited for lavender. Also lavender does not like our acidic clay soil. I didn’t let this stop me though. I just had to do all I could to make my yard conducive for growing lavender. And remember the two important keys for lavender.
  • 1. They don’t like getting their feet (roots) wet.
  • 2. They don’t like neighbors, so give them air space. 
To get started. When to plant lavender in the South. Spring!! Between mid April through till June. July - September is too hot. We never plant in the fall unless you want to have to cover them all winter and making sure the winter cloth never touches the lavender. They just do not have enough time for their roots to get established and our icy winters are sure to kill them. 
* We will have organic lavender plants for sale every Spring.
  1. Be sure your soil pH is 6.5 - 7.5. You can make it more sweeter by adding lime to your soil, since Georgia is more of an acid pH. This will take time to adjust, so be sure to add in winter or late fall for Spring planting.
  2. Add to our clay soil -  a natural compost to help aerate the soil, so the roots can move out. Then till into soil well and about 12 inchs deep.
  3. Mound your soil twice as tall as you want to allow drainage. Add weed barrier if you don't want to weed as much. Do not use wood mulch as it tends to retain moisture and this can kill your lavender. 
  4. Be sure your lavender plants are all organic. They do not like fertilizers or pesticides. So we recommend purchasing your lavender from only organic nurseries.

What your lavender will look like after a few months in the grown.

 

  1. Dig a hole that is twice as big as your root ball.
  2. Add about a tablespoon of bone meal to the bottom of the hole.
  3. Add in your planting mix to hole, so the plant does not all its roots to come in contact with the bone meal.
  4. Add your plant to the hole making sure you split the roots at the base.
  5. Fill in with more planting mix.

Best of luck! Keep fingers crossed and by following these steps you are on your way to enjoy your own home grown lavender. 

We have classes on How to Grow Lavender in the South in April and May. Check our website for class sign ups beginning in March.