Winter Care For Lavender Plants
Preparations for Cold Weather Conditions
Lavender plants as easy as they are to grow under the right conditions will need some care during the winter months to assure a healthy start the next spring. Here you will learn what to do to help your Lavender overwinter with the least amount of stress and problems.
Begin in the fall by inspecting your plantings and prune off any dead, limp or unsightly growth. This is not the best time to give your plant a hard pruning for those of you with cold harsh freezing winters. If you are blessed with healthy plants you may not need to do any pruning until spring.
You also will want to make sure that there are no winter debris such as autumn leaves or plant material from nearby plants smothering your plantings. A pile of leaves will get dampened by winter precipitation and hold moisture causing disease, die back or totally kill your plant.
Even though it is winter you will need to see that good air circulation is maintained. Try to avoid leaving your plants under a pile of damp snow for very long.
Some of you live in areas where there is frequent freezing and thawing which creates dampness. If you planted your Lavender in fast draining soil then applying a layer of mulch will help regulate soil temperatures.
It's ok for the ground to be frozen for the cold hardy types. It's the freezing, thawing, freezing, thawing that sometimes causes problems due to all the moisture accumulation and water runoff around the roots. Container plantings may need to be moved inside or to a more sheltered location.
Taking the time to plant your Lavender correctly from the start with a good draining gritty soil is often times the best winter preparation of all to assure you see those purple flower blooms again come spring.
There are different varieties of Lavender and some are better suited than others for different geographical regions so don't despair if you have lost your plant. There are even some types that fair better for those of you in the south.
You can always grow your favorite Lavender in a pot and then overwinter it inside or in a sheltered garden shed as long as you provide an adequate light source. Learn more about growing Lavender indoors. Taking care to follow a few simple preparations allows you to return the favor and provide winter stress relief for your Lavender.