Lavenders are among the most beautiful flowers to grow, but they can sometimes be difficult to deal with, especially when they don’t bloom.
Why are your lavenders not blooming? It could be any number of things, from the climate to the environment, to the surrounding plants, and even to the level of care that it receives. The problem could even be as simple as a neighboring tree getting too tall or not giving the lavender enough water. The trick is to know what to look out for.
While it would not be completely unfair to say that lavenders are quite sensitive, you won’t really have much trouble with them as long as you know what you are doing.
How to Grow Beautiful Lavender
Growing lavenders is not the easiest job in the world, but it does not have to be that difficult, either. If you know the process and requirements of the project, you can easily make decisions based on those factors. Of course, there are also some considerations that go into the task of growing lavenders, which include:
· The type of lavender
· Other plants and flowers in the vicinity
· Soil quality and variety
· Climate, temperature, and weather conditions
· Pests, diseases, and harmful organisms
After considering these aspects and judging that your area is suitable for growing lavender, you can proceed to apply the necessary considerations for the task. As to what these are, you can refer to the details in the table below:
|Choose Lavender type||There are several types of lavender and you need to choose the ones that will work best for your climate, location, and considerations|
|Water and Care Immediately||After getting the seedlings of lavender from the store, farm, or wherever you may have gotten them, you need to water them right away|
|Choose the Location Carefully||Before purchasing your lavender, you will want to pick out the location where you will be putting it and it needs to be just right in order for the flowers to bloom|
|Prepare Accordingly||Everything from the soil to the container, to the mulch, and everything else must be ready for use ahead of time|
|Transplant Carefully||Transferring plants needs to be done carefully to spare them of additional stress, which can affect their development|
|Water, Feed, and Prune as Needed||Lavender needs to be cared for constantly and consistently, which includes providing them with enough nutrients and a clean environment|
|Clear When Necessary||When the lavender gets too wild, unkempt, and dirty, it needs to be cleared away or it will affect how well the blooms will come in|
Maintaining your lavender so that it blooms in a beautiful and vibrant fashion will require quite a bit of time and resources from you. As such, you will want to take a look at those considerations with more seriousness than you would with other plants.
Type – There is more than one type of lavender and choosing the right one can determine the quality of the blooms that you are going to get and how easy they will be to grow. The types that you will usually have access to are:
There are more you can find, but they are much harder to get and you will likely find that they are not worth the hassle anyway. So you would be better off sticking to those instead. As you might expect, though, they can come with different requirements in cultivating and you would do well to take those into consideration before making your choice.
In the case of English lavender, for example, it works best when the climate is colder and if there are fewer cases of heatwaves. French lavenders are a bit tougher than their English counterparts and they can grow in sunnier regions. As a result, this variety is also more fragrant and you can always count on it to provide an excellent showing for display gardens.
Spanish lavenders can work well in sunnier climates, as well, but you have to make sure that they are spaced further apart. This will basically ensure that the stalks will not compete with each other for nutrients.
Finally, you have Lavandin, which is a hybrid species. This is basically the perfect type that you can go for if you are living somewhere that experiences high temperatures and cold winter at various points of the year. While it does come with various conditions, it is generally considered the toughest variety of lavender.
It should be noted that some lavenders are edible while others can only be used as additives. Some types are also best grown in pots, especially in areas with colder temperatures.
Immediate Water – As soon as you manage to pick out the lavender that you are going to grow, it’s time to shop for them. Regardless of where you might buy the seedlings from, it is very important that you water them as soon as you get home. You cannot skip this step or you will risk drying out the lavender, which will then cause it to die.
Even if the lavender does not die right away, the trip from the source to your home would have likely caused it some stress. More than that, the travel time would have robbed it of quite a bit of moisture and this can affect the development of the flower. Depending on how long the travel time is or how far the distance between the source or your home is, the flower’s condition could be affected.
If this happens, you might not see your lavender blooms come out in time. Even if it does, the colors might not be as vibrant, the scent might not be as potent, and the overall presentation of the lavenders might not be as notable.
Location – After purchasing the lavender that you are going to plant, it is now time to choose where you are going to place them. Ideally, you should have already done this before making your selection because you won’t have much time later to choose the best one. The best place to plant your lavender blooms is that which gets a lot of sunlight, has little competition, and can be easily managed.
You can’t go with a location where it is always shaded by a roof or by taller plants. You will also want to avoid soil that is mostly composed of sand, grit, or clay. You will especially want to make sure that there are no weeds or anything of the sort that could harm your lavender by taking away nutrients from them.
Taking traffic, pests, and potential intruders into consideration would also be advised because you don’t want to end up finding your lavenders getting trampled by people or animals. Planting them in elevated positions would be the best option, with that in consideration.
Preparation – Getting your soil ready is very important when you are planting lavenders or any kind of flower and plant. This means infusing it with the kind of nutrients that your blooms are going to need. If need be, you can replace the soil that is already in your garden with store-bought versions that offer better conditions for your plants.
Whatever the case may be, you will need to prepare the appropriate much and fertilizer for the job. If there is a need to use pesticides and herbicides, be sure to do so weeks before you start planting. This will make sure that your lavender will not be affected by any residual traces of the chemicals used for killing pests and weeds.
Transplanting – With all of that dealt with, you can now start transplanting the blooms. You can do so by taking the stalks and soil from the trays or bio bags that you got the flowers in. It is very important that you handle the flowers with care, at this point, because this is one of the most stressful parts of the life of plants.
You cannot grab them by the stalks but rather, by the soil and roots. You will also need to hold them gingerly instead of grasping so that there will be no additional pressure on the plants.
Nutrients – After transplanting the lavender, it is now time for you to provide them with all the necessary nutrients during their development. You will need to water them on a regular basis and add mulch or fertilizers as necessary.
You will also need to make sure that the flowers get the necessary amount of sunlight. If there is anything obstructing the sun from nourishing your lavenders, you need to get rid of it right away.
Cleaning – Speaking of getting rid of things right away, you need to clean the lavenders and their surroundings on a regular basis. Anything that could weigh the blooms down, sap them of their nutrients, or obstruct their development must be cleared away. This is why you need to prune, pick, or apply chemicals, as necessary.
Why Your Lavender Is Not Blooming
With the information on how you SHOULD grow lavender already laid out, we can now focus on why your lavender might not be blooming. As you might have already surmised, though, there could be a lot of causes behind why this is happening. They could include:
· Choosing the wrong type
· Planting during the wrong season
· Having the wrong climate
· Bad soil
· Not enough nutrients
· Not enough water
· Too little cleaning
· Too much pruning
Starting with the type, it would only be reasonable to expect that the type of bloom that you choose to grow will have an impact on how well it produces flowers. If you chose the wrong type, which clashes with all the other aspects of your environment, it’s only natural that it would not bloom as well.
You will also want to take the seasons into account when you are planting flowers, especially something like lavender, which is sensitive to changes in the temperatures. If you plant at the tail end of autumn, for example, you will not be seeing that lavender grow that well.
As already mentioned earlier, some types of lavender thrive in colder climates while others love sunnier regions. Which one you get will have a major impact on how well it blooms. So you should take your location’s climate into account when planting flowers.
More than just your location, though, you should also remember that the quality of the soil that you are planting the flowers in will matter. Suffice it to say, the soil needs to be rich and it needs to be of just the right type. It cannot be just topsoil, which tends to be sandier and grittier, thus making it too loose.
Speaking of which, your choice of soil will affect the nutrients that the lavender will be getting. Aside from having enough water and minerals, sunlight will also be a factor. Even just a slight change in how much exposure your flowers get can affect how soon they bloom and how beautiful the results are going to be.
Then we have the matter of the actual maintenance of your lavender. It’s very important that you do quite a bit of cleaning and pruning of your flowers so that every single stalk is presentable. This is important because any obstruction can prevent blooms that might have otherwise sprouted from doing so. The more obstacles you remove from the equation, the better.
On that note, it is also essential for you to remember that pruning too much can also be a bad thing. You need to do things in moderation and only really do the necessary amount of cleaning. You certainly don’t have to do it every day because you might end up snipping the parts that are supposed to be where the flowers will bloom.
Lavender and Climate
Lavender has a very close relationship with climate, which is why it is important that you put some emphasis on making sure that you understand how your choice does in your area. If you are living somewhere sunny and warm, you don’t want to choose a variety of lavender that does better in colder places.
Naturally, the opposite is true for when the flower is unable to thrive in regions where you get less sunlight. This is why it is important to know what kind of lavender you are looking at and are available to you via your local sellers. If you can’t even get that part right, you can forget about being able to produce beautiful flowers for your garden.
Why Is My Lavender Floppy?
The biggest contributor to the lavender that you planted becoming floppy has got to be the kind of watering practice that you are doing. Simply put, if you are giving your lavender too much water, this would make the stalk too heavy as it sips the water and brings it to the top.
Will Dead Lavender Grow Back?
There are times when the lavender only appears dead because it has grown dormant due to the changing of the seasons. Once spring comes, you will likely find that it will start blooming again, but this only applies to lavender that has not actually withered. In such cases, it is actually dead.
Which Type of Lavender to Grow
At this point, you should already have a fairly good idea of what type of lavender you should go with. However, for the sake of just getting everything in order, let’s take a look at some of the factors that you may want to take a look at. We can start with the kind of climate that your current location has.
If it is a hot, dusty, and parched kind of environment, you might as well give up on the idea of growing English lavenders. You can still grow the other three, but you will likely need to do so in a pot and inside an enclosed space like a greenhouse.
For places where most of the year is chilly and winters can be quite harsh, you would obviously need to go with the one that can withstand such conditions. The hybrid can be a great choice here, but only if you don’t plant it outside and allow it to wither away in the cold.
You will also need to think about what you will be using the lavender for. If you are only interested in the aesthetic benefits that it can bring, you should definitely go with Lavandin. However, you plan to use the lavender for food, the other three would be more worth your while.
Why Grow Lavender
Speaking of which, you might be wondering why you would go through all the trouble of growing Lavander, at this point, and the answer is actually quite simple: it looks and smells amazing. If you have ever seen a field of lavender before, you will have no doubts as to the majesty that such a sight can bring.
However, this would only be the second thing you will notice if you were ever to come across such an exquisite place. The first is the smell, which will likely waft through the air as it is carried by a pleasant breeze. The smell of lavender is simply intoxicating, especially the Spanish or French type. This is something that you will want to take into consideration when making your choice.
Even if you only really have lavenders planted in pots, they can offer an undeniably beautiful look to your home, especially when placed alongside flowers with contrasting petals. The unique appearance of lavender will be quite a refreshing experience, especially when partnered with the large, wide blooms of other buds.
With this being the case, you would be creating a home that is a feast for the eyes and isn’t that something that you would want for the place you are living in? On that note, if such a thing is of no interest to you, you can actually add lavender to a wide variety of dishes, recipes, beverages, and cocktails.
Of course, this would depend largely on the type of lavender that you have, but the point still stands. You can even have an incense lamp and throw in a sprig of this wonderful flower into the chamber for an even more enticing scent. If you have ever gotten scented candles with the essence of lavender-infused in them, you will understand just how wonderful this can be.