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Growing Lavender Indoors: Step by Step Guide

Written by AgFunnel

​Lavender is a plant with many benefits. It has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy, and its uses are growing every day. Lavender needs very little care to grow indoors, but it requires some attention in order to thrive. This blog post will provide all the information you need to start growing lavenders indoors!

What is Lavender?

Lavender is a delicate flowering plant in mint family with different colors- purple, white, pink and blue violet and many soothing aromas. They represent to purity and calmness so these scents are said to promote health and happiness.

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Where To Buy a Plant or Get Lavender Seeds?

You can usually find Lavender plants or seeds at most garden centers. You may occasionally find indoor lavender plants for sale at local nurseries and even some grocery stores or in amazon.

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Why Grow Lavender Indoors?

You might be wondering why growing lavender indoors, here are the reasons why you should grow your own lavender indoors-

  • Growing Lavender indoors is a good way to bring the outside into your home
  • Soothing fragrances promote relaxation and happiness
  • Pests don't like lavender, so it's great for keeping bugs away from your house
  • Reduce anxiety, depression, insomnia or hair loss which makes it a perfect plant in anyone's home as well as hospital wards.
  • Lavenders calming scent has been shown to improve sleep and reduce agitation in those who suffer from dementia.

What Is The Difference Between French, English, and Spanish lavender?

Below are some of the most common Lavenders along with their characteristics:-

English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)​

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  • They have beautiful high quality scent 
  • Produce white, pink, and blue flowers
  • USDA Hardiness: Zone 5
  • Varieties: Royal velvet, Hidcote Superior etc

French lavender  (Lavandula dentata; also known as Fringed Lavender)

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  • They’re not as fragrantly potent as English lavender, but they adapt better to interior conditions
  • Flowers are not conspicuous
  • USDA Hardiness: Zone 8 or 9

​Spanish Lavender (Lavender stoechas)

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  • Big prominent flowers and comes in wide range of colors
  • USDA Hardiness: Zone 6 or 7
  • Varieties: Anouk

​French Lavender and Spanish Lavender can grow in warmer climate whereas English Lavender particularly prefers to grow well in cooler climate. 

English Lavender and Spanish Lavender are more suitable to grow and are well-known for their ornamental purpose. 

What Type Of Lavender Is Best For Indoors?

If you are looking to growing Lavender indoors, then Lavenders which grow in small bushes or tumbles, such as English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and French Lavender (Lavandula dentata) types, are the easiest because they do not require much space. 

How To Grow Lavender Indoors? What You Need To Get Started?

Lavender is a Mediterranean native popular plant. So if you're trying to grow it indoors make sure that the plant gets direct sunlight for more than 6 hours. Here are some of the things to get started for growing Lavender Indoors:-

Growing Lavender Indoors From Seed

To start a lavender plant from seed, purchase them from a reputable online retailer or online

Start the seeds indoors (around 70 deg. F) in a tray with peat moss or a mixture of perlite and vermiculite

Usually the seed sprouts in 12-14 days, after which your plants can be placed in sunlight. 

You can then transplant your seedlings into your garden.

Lavender Plant Care- How To Plant And Care For Lavender Plants?

Pruning

It is important to prune your lavender plants each year. 

Pruning maintains the shape of the plant and encourages blooming. It will also lead to a bushier and stronger plant, which is better for harvesting, drying, or extracting oils from. 

You can do so by cutting back about a third of the older stems at ground level or slightly higher if you want to keep some of them for longer harvesting. 

The types of tools you should use are loppers or shears 

Start in late winter before the buds emerge near a stem that was cut from the previous year for best results. 

Prune off any dead branches and take care not to damage healthy branches as much as possible during this process.

Soil: What Are The Best Soil Temperature And Conditions To Grow Lavender Indoors

​​In order for lavender to germinate properly, it needs between 18-21 degrees Celsius.

​Lavender plants will perform poorly in either excessive moisture on the soil or humidity. 

Lavender prefers a well- drained soil.

It will not grow in "wet feet" conditions or waterlogged soils types, which are more favorable to fungi and mosses than flowering plants.

Adding some sand to the soil before planting lavender will ensure good drainage. 

Watering: How Much Water Does Lavender Need?

Are you wondering how often should I water indoor lavender? 

Under normal conditions, Lavender plants need to be watered every two weeks. However since Lavender is fairly drought tolerant, there is no rule of thumb. 

It is better you check on the soil regularly and water if it is dry.

Check your soil’s pH

Lavender grows better in well-drained,  neutral to slightly alkaline soil with a pH between 6.7 and 7.3.

Fertilizer: When To Fertilize Lavender & How To Fertilize Lavender?

Use a water soluble plant food or liquid seaweed fertilizer once in early spring, and repeat in early summer if needed. 

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Avoid fertilizing at least three weeks before expected flowering to keep plants from becoming too soft.

Light: How Much Light Does An Indoor Lavender Plant Need? How bright should your grow light be?

Lavender is the sun loving houseplant and needs to be placed in south-facing window for at least 6-8 hours (day time)

If direct sunlight doesn't enter your house, LED grow light can be the best option.

Standard fluorescent tubes suspended 6 to 12 inches above lavender provide sufficient light for growth

It is recommended to use LEDs placing at 12 to 18 inches away from the Lavender plant.

Want to know more about LED grow lights for plants? Read here.

Propagation: How to Propagate Lavender?

Here's how to propagate Lavender plant.

Cutting Propagation

Cutting propagation is the easiest method of growing new lavender, which makes it ideal for beginner gardeners.

Select softwood or semi-hardwood cutting of lavender about 10 cm then using the sharp and sterilize blade cut it in angle.

Remove the leaves of bottom one third of cutting.

Make a pot with a moist mixture of half soil and half sand, and remember to use a pot with drainage holes at its base.

Put some rooting hormones at the cut end and bury in the potted soil and water it.

Keep the plant under warm, humid and bright conditions then root will start to grow after 1 or 1 and half months.

Seed Propagation

Lavender can also be propagated using seeds. See above.

Layering Propagation

  • Layering simply means to grow the new plants by using the stem of the old living plant or mother plant.
  • For this, take a low growing stem close to the ground or soil.
  • By using the sterilized blade make a small wound on its stem to be buried on the soil.
  • Then simply bent the stem and bury its mid part in the soil leaving its tip perpendicular to the ground.

Potting: Can Lavender Grow In Pots?

Yes, lavender is a versatile plant that can grow in any pot- plastic, clay or stone containers. The importance point is, it should have drainage holes on its base according to the size of pot to prevent root rotting due to wet or damp soil.

Container: How Big Should A Lavender Pot Be?

Container or pot for growing lavender indoor, should be at least 12 -14 inches deep.

Planting time: When Should I Plant Lavender?

Lavender can be planted outside in spring, when the soil gets warm up about 15 -20 degree Celsius.

For indoors, by maintaining appropriate temperature, proper light (natural or grow light) and care, Lavender can be grown all year around.

Harvesting: When & How Should You Harvest Lavender?

It is best to harvest lavender early in the spring, while they bloom and during the morning hours when they have high fragrant. As the day goes on scent of the flowers decreases.

Here are some tips on harvesting your lavender and storing it-

  • Cut the enough stems you required, just before the flowers open 
  • Then tie the herbs together with string or thread and hang to dry in a sheltered spot.

Drying Your Lavender: How to Dry Lavender?

Here are the tips on harvesting and drying your lavender flowers for use in cooking or other crafts, including making soap, sachets, potpourri, oil infusions and more

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Some of the best way to dry lavender are:

  • Hang lavender to dry.
  • After cutting the lavender stems with the flower buds, tie it together with the rubber band or rope and hang it in cool place.
  • It is important to protect the bundle from sunlight as sunlight can fade the actual color.
  • A drying rack can be used. A drying rack is a great way to dry your lavender. Drying racks are usually made of wood and wires and can be found at many hardware stores or online.

What are the Other Uses for Lavender Outside of the Home

Lavender is a versatile plant that can be used in any recipe or craft. 

For example, lavender flowers are great for making soap and sachets/potpourri to keep your home smelling fresh. 

Lavender oil infusions make wonderful fragrances. It is also great for making essential oil.

How To Make Lavender Essential Oil?

To collect Lavender essential oil, steam distillation process is used. The basic equipments are:

Distillation utensils
Dried Lavender buds

  • The process of steam distillation for lavender involves heating the plant (usually buds) to boiling point.
  • The lavender plant is kept in the pot above the boiling water,
  • Then the plant get vaporized capturing the essential oil vapors as they rise, then cooling and condensing them into liquid so that oil can be collected.

Is a Lavender Plant Poisonous to Dogs? Are lavender plants toxic?

The lavender plant contains compound called linalool and linalyl acetate, which is toxic to both dogs and cats. However, problems arise only if a dog ingests large quantities of the lavender.

You can minimize the problem by keeping lavender oil and plants away from your pet. 

FAQs

Can lavender be an indoor plant? Will Lavender Flower Indoors?

Yes, Lavender can be grown indoors. With the proper care such as appropriate temperature, drainage pot and most importantly direct sunlight or supplementary grow light for 6-8 hours can help the plant to bloom indoor.

Can Spanish Lavender Grow Indoors? Where You Place Lavender Indoors?

Yes, Spanish lavender can be grown indoors. It should be placed in a south facing window or near balcony where direct sunlight will hit the plant 6-8 hours a day.

How to maintain a lavender plant indoors?

Maintaining lavender is not so hard. You just have to find the space where direct sunlight can reach for more than 6 hours (or use grow light). You really don't need to water it frequently and you pot should have drainage hole at its base.

How do you get lavender to bloom indoors?

Lavenders are adapted to low nutrient sandy soil. It can tolerate drought so water it once or twice a week. This really help in blooming indoor lavenders.

How long does it take for a plant to grow from seedling stage into full bloom phase ?

Lavenders usually takes 1-2 years for the plant to grow from seedling stage into full bloom phase.

What is the best time to move lavender outside from indoor pots?

When transplanting a lavender outside from indoor, early spring is the best time to do it, when the climate is cool as lavender don't need too hot climate to survive.

Can lavender grow in pots?

Yes, lavender can be grown in pots. While choosing size of pot, you should have good knowledge about your plant variety, how large it can grow and how large you want it to grow. Buy the pots which is 12-14 inch more than the root ball for your indoor lavender.

Can my indoor lavender plants be moved outside?

Yes, of course. But you should do it in early spring .

Where to grow your Lavender plants? Where Should I Plant Lavender?

Plant your lavender where direct sunlight can reach either indoor or outdoor.

Does lavender grow back every year?

Under the right conditions, lavender will thrive for several years in your garden.

Is Lavender Hard To Maintain?

Lavender plants can survive in low-maintenance and requires minimal watering and pruning. You can prune the matured stem so that plant grow vigorously to bloom new flowers.

How long do lavender seeds last and how to store them?

Lavender seeds are viable for 1-2 years. However the germination capacity or rate falls as the seed gets older. Seeds should be stored in airtight container and should be kept in cool place or away from the direct sunlight.

When to water your plants and how often they need water?

Lavenders are best to be watered early morning. As Lavenders are drought tolerant plants, they don't need much water. So, once or twice a week is enough.

Can You Grow Lavender Indoors? What conditions are best for growing lavender indoors?

Lavender needs direct sunlight or supplementary light for at least six to eight hours a day and soil that drains well so it doesn't get waterlogged in winter months.

Growing lavender in pots: how to care for lavender plants in pots?

Some are the things to care while growing lavender indoor in pots are the pots should have drainage holes so as to prevent water logging. Buy pot 2-3 inches more deeper than the root ball so that it get limit space to grow for indoors. If it is for outdoor, use the pot according to the varieties of plant and their growth.

When it's time to harvest and how much you can expect from a single plant?

Early spring is the best time to harvest Lavender. Amount of lavender buds or flowers from harvesting depends on the size of plant and care that you give to your plant.

How to store dried flowers of Lavender?

Lavender flowers can be stored in container jars or in any airtight vessels. Place it away from sunlight.

Why French lavenders are best for growing indoors?

French lavenders are best to grow indoor as they adapt better to interior conditions.

Does Lavender need direct sunlight?

Yes, Direct sunlight is the most important condition which helps to thrive the lavender.

How many hours per day do your Lavender plants need under a grow light?

Grow light is supplementary to natural light. For lavender, grow light can be used for about 6-7 hours a day, maintaining distance nearly 12-15 inches above the plant.

What are the reasons why Is My Potted Lavender Plant Dying?

Some of the reasons may be: Overwatering, lack of drain soil and proper drainage hole, lack of direct light (natural or artificial)

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