In addition, lavender plants also can brighten up your entire house with its vibrant purple flowers and it’s fresh, spicy aroma! Growing lavender inside is simple and easy as long as you follow the appropriate steps.
The first thing to do when planning on how to grow lavenders indoors is to determine the size of the pot you are going to need. Your lavender plant will grow up to four feet or so and depending on the space you have, you should buy an appropriately sized pot. Some people mistakenly think that larger pots are more compact but that isn’t always true. You can get a great deal of space when growing lavender indoors and you don’t even have to use a huge pot; a 4-inch pot is just right.
What Kind Of Pot You Will Need To Start With
After deciding what kind of pot you will need to start with, the next step is to choose the proper spot to put your plant. If you have enough room, your plant can grow on its own in a large window. However, if space is limited, you can still give your plant a nice shady spot in a corner of a room. If you are planning on growing lavender plants in a home office, the best choice is to get a pot with a built-in saucer for extra light and moisture control.
Before you put your plant in the ground, check it over carefully to make sure there aren’t any major problems. Look for any brown or dried out spots that may indicate a mildew or disease. Thatch or leaf mold indicates that the plant has not been given the moisture it needs and could possibly be dying. Check the bottom of the container to make certain the roots are spread evenly throughout. A root mat will prevent this from happening. You should also note if the soil is loose and the roots are showing, this could mean that the plant hasn’t been watered enough.
Lavender Needs A Lot Of Sun To Thrive
Once you’ve determined the health of your plant, it’s time to purchase the pots that will house it. Lavender needs a lot of sun to thrive, so purchase pots with good drainage holes and a wide rim so it can soak up as much sunlight as possible. Make sure to buy a dark colored pot so it won’t show off the purple flowers. The best thing to do is to keep your new plant in a dark room and only expose it to sunlight when the plant needs it.
Your next decision is what kind of pot you will purchase. If you are growing a lavender root ball, make sure the pot is at least ten inches wider than the root ball. Lavender roots grow very wide, sometimes twelve inches wide or more. To compensate for the width increase your pot size by an inch or two. It’s important that the inside of the pot is lined with moist soil. Also, make sure you use a well ventilated potting soil mix.
How You Are Going To Water And Fertilize Your Plant
When you have purchased your pots and have decided how you are going to water and fertilize your plant, it’s time to begin preparing your indoor lavender plant for the move. You should follow the directions on your potting mix, but make sure you use slow-release fertilizer. You want your fertilizer to stay on the roots for a few weeks after you bring them out of their potting media. Most indoor lavender plants have their fertilizer ready to go when they are brought out of their pots. If you don’t have a potting mix, your slow-release fertilizer can be dissolved in water or you can prep your indoor plant by making a light mixture with one part commercial fertilizer to three parts water.
In late winter or early spring, place your indoor lavender plants in a large window, or in a large pot that will allow air to circulate, for a week or two. Your plants will need a cooling off period after they have had their growing season.
If you place them in a pot in the yard, it is important that the pots have good drainage so water does not pool on the floor and mold could grow. It is also a good idea to move your English lavender plants indoors during the cold months if you live in a mild or tropical climate. English lavender grows well indoors but you will find it is a bit more difficult to grow because it is not used to cool as it is when it is grown in its natural environment.