How to Grow Lavender – A Beginner’s Guide

lavender plant growing in garden
Lavender, which are known botanically as  Lavendula Vera, are a type of herbs that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing lavender as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Lavender

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the lavender seeds  spring, once all chances of frost have passed. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when lavender are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.

How to Plant Lavender the Right Way

There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing lavender in your home garden.

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your lavender grow. Generally, your soil should be  chalky and alkaline soils. Soil PH levels should be around 6.7 to 7.3.

12″ apart. 18″ apart. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about  .125″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.

Begin thinning your lavender seedlings thin or transplant plants to 18 inches apart when they are 3 inches tall.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Lavender

How Much to Water Lavender

How Long Does it Take Lavender to Germinate and Grow?

When to Harvest Lavender

The best time to harvest your lavender is when about half of the buds are in bloom. 

Lavender can grow up to about 20 to 24 inches tall and wide.

What Can Lavender Be Used For?

Food Use: oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage, and savory

Flavor Profile:  floral with hints of mint and rosemary.

Can Lavender Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, you will ideally need a 12″+ containerfor each plant. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

It also gives you the flexibility to move your lavender around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.

Are Lavender Safe for Bees?

Yes, lavender are safe for bees.

According to, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing lavender is bee-friendly.

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