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Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Evergreen shrub prized for its fragrant foliage and purple, rounded bloom spikes. Requires full sun for optimum performance. Attracts birds and butterflies.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    February
    1. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds indoors. Keep the soil warm and moist but not soggy. Place in a sunny window.
    March
    1. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds indoors. Keep the soil warm and moist but not soggy. Place in a sunny window.
    2. Harvest

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

    Plant when the weather is warm in a location with good air circulation.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds outdoors in the ground or containers. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
    4. Fertilize

    Fertilize with a 1/2 strength application of a well-balanced organic food.
    5. Prune

    Prune plant back by 1/3 to 1/2 after first flush of blooms fade. This ensures thick, vigorous growth and continuous bloom into the fall.
    6. Mulch

    Mulch only with inorganic materials such as gravel or decomposed granite, as lavender performs badly with wet feet.
    7. Transplant

    Transplant in a location with good air circulation when the weather is warm.
    8. Harvest

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

    Plant when the weather is warm in a location with good air circulation.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds outdoors in the ground or containers. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
    4. Fertilize

    Fertilize with a 1/2 strength application of a well-balanced organic food if you did not do so in April.
    5. Water

    Water in-ground plants monthly and container-grown specimens every two weeks when the weather is warm. Avoid overwatering, as French lavender succumbs to root rot in continually wet soil.
    6. Prune

    If not done in April, prune plant back by 1/3 to 1/2 after first flush of blooms fade. This ensures thick, vigorous growth and continuous bloom into the fall.
    7. Mulch

    Mulch only with inorganic materials such as gravel or decomposed granite, as lavender performs badly with wet feet.
    8. Transplant

    Transplant in a location with good air circulation when the weather is warm.
    9. Harvest

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

    Plant when the weather is warm in a location with good air circulation.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds outdoors in the ground or containers. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
    4. Water

    Water in-ground plants monthly and container-grown specimens once a week when the weather is warm. Avoid overwatering, as French lavender succumbs to root rot in continually wet soil.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch only with inorganic materials such as gravel or decomposed granite, as lavender performs badly with wet feet.
    6. Transplant

    Transplant in a location with good air circulation when the weather is warm.
    7. Harvest

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

    Plant when the weather is warm in a location with good air circulation.
    3. Water

    Water in-ground plants every two weeks and container-grown specimens twice a week. Avoid overwatering, as French lavender succumbs to root rot in continually wet soil.
    4. Mulch

    Mulch only with inorganic materials such as gravel or decomposed granite, as lavender performs badly with wet feet.
    5. Transplant

    Transplant in a location with good air circulation when the weather is warm.
    6. Harvest

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

    Plant when the weather is warm in a location with good air circulation.
    3. Water

    Water in-ground plants every two weeks and container-grown specimens twice a week. Avoid overwatering, as French lavender succumbs to root rot in continually wet soil.
    4. Mulch

    Mulch only with inorganic materials such as gravel or decomposed granite, as lavender performs badly with wet feet.
    5. Transplant

    Transplant in a location with good air circulation when the weather is warm.
    6. Harvest

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

    Plant when the weather is warm in a location with good air circulation.
    3. Water

    Water in-ground plants every two weeks and container-grown specimens twice a week. Avoid overwatering, as French lavender succumbs to root rot in continually wet soil.
    4. Mulch

    Mulch only with inorganic materials such as gravel or decomposed granite, as lavender performs badly with wet feet.
    5. Transplant

    Transplant in a location with good air circulation when the weather is warm.
    6. Harvest

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.
    October
    1. Water

    Water in-ground plants monthly and container-grown specimens every two weeks when the weather is warm. Avoid overwatering, as French lavender succumbs to root rot in continually wet soil.
    2. Harvest

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.
    November
    1. Harvest

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    April

    Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.

    May

    Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.

    June

    Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.

    July

    Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.

    August

    Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.

    September

    Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    April

    Plant when the weather is warm in a location with good air circulation.

    May

    Plant when the weather is warm in a location with good air circulation.

    June

    Plant when the weather is warm in a location with good air circulation.

    July

    Plant when the weather is warm in a location with good air circulation.

    August

    Plant when the weather is warm in a location with good air circulation.

    September

    Plant when the weather is warm in a location with good air circulation.

    Sow Seeds

    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

    February

    Sow seeds indoors. Keep the soil warm and moist but not soggy. Place in a sunny window.

    March

    Sow seeds indoors. Keep the soil warm and moist but not soggy. Place in a sunny window.

    April

    Sow seeds outdoors in the ground or containers. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.

    May

    Sow seeds outdoors in the ground or containers. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.

    June

    Sow seeds outdoors in the ground or containers. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    April

    Fertilize with a 1/2 strength application of a well-balanced organic food.

    May

    Fertilize with a 1/2 strength application of a well-balanced organic food if you did not do so in April.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    May

    Water in-ground plants monthly and container-grown specimens every two weeks when the weather is warm. Avoid overwatering, as French lavender succumbs to root rot in continually wet soil.

    June

    Water in-ground plants monthly and container-grown specimens once a week when the weather is warm. Avoid overwatering, as French lavender succumbs to root rot in continually wet soil.

    July

    Water in-ground plants every two weeks and container-grown specimens twice a week. Avoid overwatering, as French lavender succumbs to root rot in continually wet soil.

    August

    Water in-ground plants every two weeks and container-grown specimens twice a week. Avoid overwatering, as French lavender succumbs to root rot in continually wet soil.

    September

    Water in-ground plants every two weeks and container-grown specimens twice a week. Avoid overwatering, as French lavender succumbs to root rot in continually wet soil.

    October

    Water in-ground plants monthly and container-grown specimens every two weeks when the weather is warm. Avoid overwatering, as French lavender succumbs to root rot in continually wet soil.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    April

    Prune plant back by 1/3 to 1/2 after first flush of blooms fade. This ensures thick, vigorous growth and continuous bloom into the fall.

    May

    If not done in April, prune plant back by 1/3 to 1/2 after first flush of blooms fade. This ensures thick, vigorous growth and continuous bloom into the fall.

    September

    Prune back by 1/4 to

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    April

    Mulch only with inorganic materials such as gravel or decomposed granite, as lavender performs badly with wet feet.

    May

    Mulch only with inorganic materials such as gravel or decomposed granite, as lavender performs badly with wet feet.

    June

    Mulch only with inorganic materials such as gravel or decomposed granite, as lavender performs badly with wet feet.

    July

    Mulch only with inorganic materials such as gravel or decomposed granite, as lavender performs badly with wet feet.

    August

    Mulch only with inorganic materials such as gravel or decomposed granite, as lavender performs badly with wet feet.

    September

    Mulch only with inorganic materials such as gravel or decomposed granite, as lavender performs badly with wet feet.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    April

    Transplant in a location with good air circulation when the weather is warm.

    May

    Transplant in a location with good air circulation when the weather is warm.

    June

    Transplant in a location with good air circulation when the weather is warm.

    July

    Transplant in a location with good air circulation when the weather is warm.

    August

    Transplant in a location with good air circulation when the weather is warm.

    September

    Transplant in a location with good air circulation when the weather is warm.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    March

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.

    April

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.

    May

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.

    June

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.

    July

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.

    August

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.

    September

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.

    October

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.

    November

    Cut foliage and flower spikes in the middle of the day. Display in a vase or dry hanging upside down in a cool, dry location.

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