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French lavender
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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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • February
      • Sow Seeds

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

    • March
      • Sow Seeds

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

      • 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
      • Buy

          Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.

      • Plant

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

      • Sow Seeds

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

      • Fertilize

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

      • 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.

      • Mulch

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

      • Transplant

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

      • 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
      • Buy

          Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.

      • Plant

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

      • Sow Seeds

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

      • Fertilize

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

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • Mulch

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

      • Transplant

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

      • 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
      • Buy

          Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.

      • Plant

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

      • Sow Seeds

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

      • 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.

      • Mulch

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

      • Transplant

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

      • 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
      • Buy

          Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.

      • Plant

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

      • 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.

      • Mulch

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

      • Transplant

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

      • 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
      • Buy

          Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.

      • Plant

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

      • 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.

      • Mulch

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

      • Transplant

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

      • 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
      • Buy

          Buy when in bloom and readily available in the nursery.

      • Plant

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

      • 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.

      • Mulch

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

      • Transplant

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

      • 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
      • 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.

      • 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
      • 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.

    • December
      • Winter
        • Spring
          • Summer
            • Fall
              • 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!

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • 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?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • 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?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • 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?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • 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?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • 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?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • 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.

              • Mulch

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

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • 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.

              • Protect

                When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Pest/Disease Inspection

                  What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Treat for Pest/Disease

                    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • 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?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
                      •  Mar
                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
                      •  Jul
                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • 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.

                    • Propagate

                      When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
                      •  Mar
                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
                      •  Jul
                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • Harvest

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

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • 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.

                      • Special requirements

                        Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec

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