How to properly grow your new lavender plants for 2020 planting:
McKinley Lavender Farm wants to ensure you have the most success with your new lavender plants for 2020 planting. Whether you are growing lavender for your own personal use and enjoyment or your starting our own lavender operation, there are some basic tips to help you get started.
Best time to plant lavender plants: When the last frost has finished and you begin to feel the soil warming up you can begin to start digging holes for your plants. If you are running behind in your planting schedule try and hold off until the fall when the plants are slightly larger. This will help to ensure they survive the cold winter months ahead.
How to plant lavender: We suggest you plant your fresh lavender plants 2 to 3 feet apart. Mature plants typically reach between 1 and 3 feet in height and can equal the same in spread. Plant in groups of 3 or more for the most impact in your landscape. Using fabric will help keep weeds and grass to a minimum.
The best soil conditions for lavender: Lavender thrives in any poor or moderately fertile soil. If you have heavy or clay soil, add some organic matter to improve drainage. Lavender loves the heat generated from rocks. We suggest adding some gravel or river rock to your lavender patches to encourage heat retention.
Watering your Lavender: Lavender likes to be dry, so don’t over water. Some of our biggest highest producing bushes are not manually irrigated at all!
Harvesting your Lavender: Just like choosing French or English for your lavender variety, when to cut your lavender can also be considered a matter of preference. All lavender should be hard pruned back to the wood when cut. This will help to produce more blooms the next season. In some varieties you will also be able to produce a second bloom later in the season, so don’t be afraid to cut it!