Plant Care Common Lavender

Common Lavender

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Common Lavender has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Common Lavender has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

About Common Lavender

Found in anything from soaps to lattes, lavender is known worldwide for its gentle aroma and ability to lull people to sleep 💤. The essential oils contained in their blossoms can be toxic in extremely large doses, but is recognized as generally safe for consumption (GRAS) by the FDA. They're used in top kitchens around the world as pairings for goat cheese, tea, and as garnishes. We're getting sleepy just thinking about the smell 😴!

Taxonomy

Lavandula angustifolia
Lavandula
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

Also known as

English Lavender, English Lavender, Narrow-Leaved Lavender, Lavender and Lavender Tree

How to care for Common Lavender

💦 Water

How often to water your Common Lavender

Water needs for Common Lavender
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Lavender needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Common Lavender

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for English Lavender in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Lavender: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Common Lavender love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Common Lavender does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Common Lavender in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Lavender

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Common Lavender: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Common Lavender after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Common Lavender can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!


💦 Water Needs

Common Lavender prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

English Lavender Water Frequency →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Common Lavender requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

English Lavender Light Requirements →

English Lavender Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Common Lavender is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

English Lavender Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Common Lavender enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

English Lavender Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Common Lavender is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!


💩 Fertilizer

Common Lavender should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize English Lavender →


🌎 Native Region

Common Lavender is native to Old World.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Common Lavender bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

English Lavender Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Common Lavender grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Common Lavender can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

English Lavender Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Common Lavender can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Common Lavender, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Common Lavender

Common Lavender

Common Lavender


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Common Lavender has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 23
Common Lavender has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 21
Common Lavender has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 18
Common Lavender has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 12
Common Lavender has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
Common Lavender has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
@AllieBee avatar
@@AllieBee
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 410 XP
globe Inverness, Scotland
03/27/2022

You can do so many things with lavender! It’s also pretty and smells wonderful :)

Fast grower Fast grower
@caleb avatar
@@caleb
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 4,840 XP
globe Austin, TX
01/03/2022

Really temperamental when pot-growing, difficult to balance water and light needs

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Ayman avatar
@Ayman
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 67 XP
globe Thornaby, England
11/05/2021

Hard to maintain - not good with change - started browning two days after bringing it home!

Browns easily Browns easily
Hannah avatar
@Hannah
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 111 XP
globe Fort Worth, TX
09/05/2021

It took a while to sprout but super easy to keep up with

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@tryingnottodrown avatar
@@tryingnottodrown
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 149 XP
07/29/2021

looks and smells beautiful but i’ve always been terrible at keeping flowers alive and lavender is sadly no exception. began browning the week after i got it, i wouldn’t recommend as a starter plant

Browns easily Browns easily
Skye avatar
@Skye
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 34 XP
07/27/2021

It’s gorgeous

Blooms easily Blooms easily
@00Severijn avatar
@@00Severijn
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 4,290 XP
07/26/2021

I’m clearly doing things wrong.

Browns easily Browns easily
@Charleae avatar
@@Charleae
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 95 XP
globe Addison, Ontario
07/20/2021

Takes forever to bloom!!!

@Plantaddiction avatar
@@Plantaddiction
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 307 XP
06/08/2021

Smells amazing but easy to kill

Browns easily Browns easily
@vanwoes avatar
@@vanwoes
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 478 XP
globe Houston, TX
06/05/2021

Not recommended for beginners. This is a very picky plant and will begin drooping if not in the right conditions. Especially if the soil does not have proper drainage. Smells very good though.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@suds avatar
@@suds
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 105 XP
05/26/2021

It’s one of my favorite herbs to make lemonade with.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@oedekoven06 avatar
@@oedekoven06
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 261 XP
globe Cheyenne, WY
05/23/2021

I just love my plant :)

@addi avatar
@@addi
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 114 XP
globe Olive Branch, MS
05/23/2021

smells good!

Fast grower Fast grower
@Plant_daddy69 avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Listowel, Ontario
05/18/2021

They smell so good and are so pretty. They also don’t die very quick so it easy to maintain

Blooms easily Blooms easily
@MichaelLJ2 avatar
@@MichaelLJ2
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 73 XP
globe Sparks, NV
05/15/2021

I keep my large English lavender plant outside in my backyard and I just water it when the dirt gets dry about 3 inches down. It’s been working for me so far

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Kaya avatar
@Kaya
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 7 XP
globe Colorado Springs, CO
04/30/2021

Likes to stay dry, hard to grow indoors

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@remorrison03 avatar
@@remorrison03
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 256 XP
04/22/2021

you have to be very careful with watering, they can’t go long past the date they need to be watered or they will get droopy and they love direct sunlight

Fast grower Fast grower
@Nerskine avatar
@@Nerskine
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 3,196 XP
04/09/2021

Smells great, grows quickly and she’s easy to fill in with propagation. She needs major sun, though!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Cmmnsnse avatar
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leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 639 XP
globe Pinellas Park, FL
04/08/2021

Gorgeous and easy to care for!

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 24 Plants
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globe Eau Claire, WI
02/13/2021

It’s pretty and has magical properties

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower

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