Spicy Fridays with Lynn Quire: Growing LavenderDATE: February 26, 2021
Growing lavender in Louisville
Lavender is a great perennial to grow because it has so many uses. You can get started growing lavender in Louisville in your yard or a container. Lavender likes lots of sun and is heat and drought tolerant. It needs to be planted in light sandy soil that is well-draining, as it doesn’t like wet feet.
Now is a great time to start your lavender. There are a few things to remember. For the best germination rate, it is suggested you use a process called cold stratification. Take your seeds and place them in a damp paper towel or even some seed-starting soil and put them in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.
When ready, place the seeds in your seed starting pot filled with a good quality organic seed starting soil (see my favorite recipe below). This can be any type of container that has good drainage. If you use something like a yogurt container, be sure to add holes on the bottom. Spread the seeds in the container and just lightly cover them with soil. They don’t need to be planted more than ⅛” deep, mist well with water.
Place your container in a sunny window and keep moist. The seeds can take up to a month to germinate. You can transplant outside well after any threat of frost. Individual plants should be planted approximately 18” apart. They will spread over time, so give them room.
Best time to harvest lavender blooms is early morning after the dew has dried but before the heat of the day settles in. Once established harvest early spring you should get another round to harvest in the late summer or fall. To dry, lay the blooms on a screen and place where there is good air circulation. Or tie them in a small bunch and hang upside down. The bunch should be small so air can circulate throughout so mold doesn’t form.
Here is my favorite seed starting soil, which is great for growing lavender in Louisville:
Four parts organic compost, sifted*
Two parts organic coconut coir
One part organic perlite
I get my compost from another cooperative called Louisville Compost Co-op. I highly recommend if you don’t compost yourself, you check them out.
Disclosure: I am not a doctor and all information found here is for educational purposes only. All bodies are different and these suggestions may not work for all. It is up to you to work with your healthcare professional to find the right options for you.