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Lavender Potting Mix

Potting Soil Requirements


    The best potting soil mix for Lavender grown or planted in containers is a loose friable mixture that allows for excellent drainage of water.

     The best soil mixture for Lavender in containers has a alkaline ph between 7.0-8.0 and mimics its natural growing conditions. Lavender likes sandy, gravelly, rocky almost poor soil (NOT the rich black type we all want in our vegetable gardens.) Keep this important fact in mind when growing Lavender or you will have more than a few problems with your plants.

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     Use a good commercial potting mix such as Kelloggs but without the added fertilizer as this is sometimes too much for this plant.

     You may add a handful of sand and a bit of lime and mix well. Sometimes I mix regular potting mix with another mix intended for cactus.


                         

Making your own potting mixture for Lavender


    Below is a good potting soil recipe for growing Lavender in pots.


You will need:
  • one part finished compost
  • one part pumice or perlite
  • one part coarse sand
  • one part fine soil
  • lime to adjust ph to at least 7.0 (depends on amount of mix prepared)
  • a few crushed eggshells (optional - provides alkaline ph as they degrade)


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