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 is fine if not 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. The best varieties here in the North Georgia Mountains is Grosso, Munstead, Provence, and Stoechas. If you are in Atlanta or south I only recommend Grosso or Stoechas.
Once you know where to get your plants - hold off. You still need to get you pH adjusted in your soil. That takes about a season. So start this in the fall for your Spring planting.
Now Spring is here recheck your pH. Then follow the steps below to plant.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mound your soil and add weed barrier if you don't want to weed as much. Do not use wood mulch as it dends to retain moisture.
Now your plant is ready to be planted!
- Dig a hole that is twice as big as your root ball.
- Add about a tablespoon of bone meal to the bottom of the hole.
- Add in your planting mix to hole, so the plant does not all its roots to come in contact with the bone meal.
- Add your plant to the hole making sure you split the roots at the base.
- Fill in with more planting mix.
*Remember that lavender does not like fertilizer!
Water your baby plants ever few days, but do not over or under water plant. Once your plant is mature, we water thoroughly and then let it dry out, then water thoroughly again and let it dry out. If it rains - skip watering.
The first year be sure to nip off any flowering buds before they bloom. This will allow your roots to grow better and your plant to become establshed. You should have more blooms the second year by doing this.
Winterize - be sure to always cover the Spanish variety of lavender. The others will need to be covered if your temeperature goes below 9 degrees F.
Best of luck! Keep fingers crossed and by following these steps you are on your way to enjoy your own home grown lavender.