Plant Care Lavender


3.8 out of 5 (15 experiences)

Lavender has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Lavender has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About 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 😴!


Lavandula stoechas

Also known as

Spanish Lavender, Topped Lavender, French Lavender and butterfly lavender

How to care for Lavender


How often to water your Lavender

Water needs for Lavender
0.5 cups
every 9

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 Lavender

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Lavender in your home

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

Lavender love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Lavender does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Lavender

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for 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 Lavender after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

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
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Lavender



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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

Lavender has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Lavender has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Lavender has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Lavender has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Lavender has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Lavender has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Lavender has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
@ekgreggie avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 1,297 XP

Lavender is one of my favorite smells in the world, so I thought; I need them in my house 🤩
I’ve had my lavender for approximately 2 months and I cannot bring him back to life. After having him for one week he took a turn for the worse and died. Lavender requires heavy light, so I put him In the brightest area in my house, but for some reason he wasn’t happy and died. I watered him when needed, but seems like anything I did failed to help.

@00Severijn avatar
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 4,044 XP
globe Irvine, CA

No idea why I’ve failed so badly with my lavender… good luck, everybody.

Browns easily Browns easily
@mehervaankh avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 98 XP
globe Lombard, IL

once you figure out how often you have to water it, its easy!! its a great beginner plant, she’s very simple to take care of, i just water her and i have her in an east facing window and its great!!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
@expiredpeach avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 250 XP

I killed 2 but 1 is doing great 😁

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Nicole avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 27 XP
globe Oswego, IL

Frustrating for new planters

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Haylee avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 8 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA

It takes a while to sprout but once it does it grows rapidly

Survivor Survivor

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