Taking inspiration from RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we're in the gardening spirit here at Heathcote & Ivory. And to prove it, here's another 'how to grow' article so you can make your garden smell as delightful as our toiletries! This time it's everyone's favourite, and the star behind our Wild English Lavender collection...
How to Grow Lavender
- Lavender can be grown at any time, but the best time to sow is between April and May when the soil temperatures are increasing gradually.
- You can grow lavender from seed or from cuttings. Seeds can be started indoors a couple of months before the warm weather starts – it's a hardy garden perennial plant, but whilst germinating from seed it needs looking after until established.
- Lavender thrives in poorer thin soil, that is free-draining and alkaline. On heavy, rich soils it is best to incorporate gravel around the plant to improve drainage and increase lifespan. Also ensure there are adequate drainage holes.
- When growing from seed in pots, moisten the soil until it is damp (not wet) and place the seeds ½ inch below the surface, covering lightly (this allows some light through to help germination). Don't compact the soil down. Use a spray bottle to achieve the right level of moisture.
- It can take from between 2 weeks to 1 month for seeds to germinate and sprout. Keep warm and in a well-lit area with a minimum of ten hours of light a day.
- When the lavender develops multiple sets of fully established leaves, it is ready to be transplanted into a larger pot outside in a sunny location. Ensure that it is regularly watered in summer, but keep slightly dry during winter. Lavender should be pruned every year to keep compact.
We hope you enjoy the scents of Heathcote & Ivory in your garden this summer - take a look at our other articles How to Grow Sweet Peas and How to Grow Freesias if you haven't already done so. Happy growing!
Article updated: 13/05/15
Originally published: 24/05/13