As you continue to transition some of your outdoor landscaping inside for the winter, you’re probably wondering what plants can be grown indoors, and how that care may differ from your typical outside gardening routine.
If lavender is one of your favorite plants, you’re probably wondering if you can even grow lavender indoors.
Luckily, growing a lavender plant indoors can be manageable, as long as you follow the right steps.
We’ll explain the benefits of growing a lavender plant indoors, and give you tips for how you can cultivate one in your living room or kitchen to add a pop of color and a fresh aroma to your house.
Growing Lavender Indoors
If you’re wondering how to grow lavender indoors, you’ve come to the right place.
Lavender is a good plant to grow indoors because it does well in pots and doesn’t need that much attention or maintenance. Lavender plants can also brighten up your home with their purple flowers and its fresh aroma!
But if you don’t want your lavender plant to be indoors all year-round, it’s easy to keep inside from the late fall to early spring, and then transition back outside to your herb garden in the summer to catch some bright rays.
We’ll give more tips for how you can care for your indoor lavender plants later on, so keep reading!
Benefits of Growing Lavender
There are numerous culinary, medicinal and other benefits to growing lavender indoors.
Lavender first became popular over twenty-five hundred years ago in the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. It was named after the Latin word ‘lavare,’ which means to wash. Ancient Romans used lavender to freshen up the smell of the bathwater in their bathhouses.
Taking after history, lavender is still used for its aroma today. Both lavender plants and essential oils, specifically lavender oil are used for aromatherapy, stress relief, relaxation and sleep aid.
Dried lavender flowers can be used to make scented sachets or potpourri, and can even be added to candles, soaps and bath bombs.
Lavender flowers can also be added to desserts and beverages as a garnish or for extra flavor.
Growing Lavender Indoors From Seed
Growing your own lavender indoors from seed is an inexpensive way to grow a beautiful and aromatic lavender hedge.
In order to make sure your lavender seeds are properly germinated, learn more about growing plants from seeds by visiting our article. (link to article — I couldn’t find it)
Lavender House Plants – Indoor Lavender Plant
You may have heard about English, French, and Spanish lavender but did you know that each of the lavender varieties has its own unique characteristics?
Before you start your own lavender hedge, it’s important to distinguish between each type of lavender, so you can choose what kind best suits your needs as a gardener.
English lavender is the most common type of lavender and also the most aromatic, making it perfect for producing essential oils and other scented goods.
The most popular kinds of English lavender plants include lavandula angustifolia, lavandula hidcote, and lavandula munstead.
English lavender can be grown in areas with clay soil and humid weather or with a light snowfall in the winter, making it one of the most cold tolerant types of lavender.
Other types of lavender that can be grown in cold regions are the lavandula x intermedia ‘Provence’ and the lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso’.
In comparison to English lavender, French lavender is less common and has a softer scent. French lavender also blooms the longest and is known for growing into a large plant with a big, blooming flower head.
The most popular kinds of French lavender flowers are lavandula heterophylla, lavandula stoechas, and L. Jean Davis
Spanish lavender has the softest scent out of each type of lavender, which makes it most suitable for landscaping, not oil production.
The most common types of Spanish lavender plants include lavandula dentata, fathead, anouk, and L. latifolia.
Before you pot your lavender seeds or plant, make sure to strategize where the best place in your house to put your plant is, so you can make sure that it receives enough sunlight.
Ensuring your lavender plant soaks up plenty of sunlight is the first step of lavender plant care.
Other key aspects of lavender plant growing conditions include temperature, watering, and fertilizing.
We’ll cover each of these topics later on to give you all the essentials for lavender plant care.
Best Soil For Lavender
The best lavender soil type is well-drained and slightly alkaline, with a pH between 6.7 and 7.3. If you’re following your own DIY lavender soil mix recipe, you can also add builder’s sand and lime to improve drainage and add the right amount of nutrients to your plant’s potting mix.
If you’re growing your lavender outside, plant it in a raised bed. But for the sake of this article, let’s review the best ways to grow lavender indoors in pots.
When potting your lavender, try to find a pot that is 2-4 inches wider in diameter than the lavender root ball. You should also choose a pot that has drainage holes in the bottom to prevent root rot, or your lavender plant from being overwatered. Good drainage is essential for growing a lavender plant!
If you don’t have a pot with holes in the bottom, you can place an inch or two of gravel or styrofoam at the bottom of the pot instead. When planting your lavender, dig a hole in the potting soil that is big enough to cover the roots of the plant, but don’t bury the stem with soil.
Once your lavender is planted, prepare to thoroughly water your lavender plant once a week, or whenever the top inch of soil is dry.
Best Fertilizer For Lavender
Good compost is generally the best type of fertilizer for lavender plants because it provides essential nutrients to the plant, without giving it too many nutrients.
In addition, you could also give your lavender plant a slow-release fertilizer for more nutrients. Slow-release fertilizers can be purchased on Amazon.
When To Fertilize Lavender
You should plan to fertilize your lavender plant once a year after the first flowering in the spring to keep it fresh and cared for. This might not seem like enough, but it’s important that you don’t over fertilize your plant because that could hurt it and keep it from flowering.
How To Fertilize Lavender
If you decide to fertilize your lavender plant using compost, all you need to do is put down an inch of compost around your lavender plant.
However, if you use a slow-release fertilizer, put a small amount of fertilizer down on your plant and then leave it alone. If you fertilize it too much, your lavender plant can be damaged.
So remember when you fertilize, a little goes a long way!
Best Light For Lavender
If you’re worried you don’t have enough natural light in your house to successfully cultivate a lavender plant, it might be a good idea to invest in some LED grow lights.
Here’s our favorite LED lights to grow your own lavender plant:
- HQRP 14W 225 LED Blue + Red Grow Light Panel for Growing Herbs Basil, Lavender, Rosemary, Serrisa, Oregano, Sage + Hanging Kit + Sun Meter
- LED Grow Light for Indoor Plants, 4WDKING 40W Full Spectrum Plant Growing Lamps with Auto ON/Off Timer 10 Level Brightness 3 Switch Red/Blue Modes
- Plant Grow Light, VOGEK LED Growing Light Full Spectrum for Indoor Plants, Plant Growing Lamps for Seedlings, 3 Switch Modes 10 Brightness Settings
- Future Harvest Developer SBL1600200 Grow Light Garden, Black
- LED Grow Light for Indoor Plants, Relassy 15000Lux Sunlike Full Spectrum Grow Lamp, Dual Head Gooseneck Plant Light with Replaceable Bulbs, Professional for Seedling Growing Blooming Fruiting
- MARS HYDRO TS 600W LED Grow Light 2x2ft Coverage Sunlike Full Spectrum Grow Lamp Plants Growing for Hydroponic Indoor Seeding Veg and Bloom Greenhouse Growing Light Fixtures Four for 4×4 Footprint
How Much Light Does Lavender Need
Whether you grow your lavender plants inside or outside, it is crucial that they soak up full sun as much as possible, especially when indoors or in the winter.
Typically, lavender plants grow best indoors when resting on a windowsill or near south facing windows where they can receive as much light as possible. Lavender plants should soak up at least 3 to 4 hours of direct sunlight each day, but 8 hours maximum would be preferred.
Try to keep your lavender plant at a temperature between 45 to 50 degrees F at night and 60 to 65 during the day in a room with nice airflow and no humidity. No matter where you decide to grow your lavender plants, try to rotate the pot weekly so each side of your plant can grow strong in the sunlight.
Indoor Garden Tips
Now that you’ve learned everything you need to know about growing lavender plants indoors, it’s time to expand your kitchen garden with even more indoor herbs.
Think about your favorite kinds of plants and herbs, and put them under your LED light next to your lavender hedge. Good luck growing your indoor garden!