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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 😴!
Also known as
Spanish Lavender, Topped Lavender, French Lavender and butterfly lavender
How to care for Lavender
How often to water your Lavender
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.
Water 0.5 cups every
Check the growing potential in your area
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
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
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.
Lavender can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!
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.
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 🏡.
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.
Lavender doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.
Lavender does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Lavender grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
Lavender is native to Old World.
Yes, you may see your Lavender bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.
Lavender grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Lavender can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
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 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 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!
Care Summary for Lavender
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 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.