A Guide to Growing Lavender in Containers: Tips for Success

Lavender is a beautiful and versatile plant that has been grown for centuries.

It’s well-known for its beauty, fragrance, and medicinal properties.

While it’s commonly grown in gardens, lavender can also be grown successfully in containers indoors and outdoors.

In this blog post, I will share my expertise on how to successfully care for lavender plants in containers.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty and benefits of lavender in your home or garden.

Let’s dive right in.

The Right Container

Choosing the right container for your lavender plants is essential for their growth and health. Here are some tips for selecting the right container:

Firstly, consider the type of container – clay, plastic or wood. The material should be porous enough to allow proper drainage, and strong enough to support the weight of the plant. Clay pots are good for lavender as they allow the roots to ‘breathe’ and the soil to dry out properly between watering.

Secondly, the size of the container is important as it will determine how large your lavender plant can grow. Lavender does not thrive in smaller sized pots, so make sure you select a container that is at least 12 inches in diameter. Also, beware of selecting too large of a container as this can cause root rot and damage.

Thirdly, ensure your container has adequate drainage holes. Lavender does not like wet feet, and proper drainage will allow excess water to escape and prevent root rot.

In summary, when selecting the right container for your lavender plant, choose a porous and strong material such as clay, ensure an appropriate size for plant growth, and ensure proper drainage to avoid root rot.

Soil Preparation

Before planting lavender in containers, it is important to prepare the soil properly. Lavender plants prefer well-draining soil, so it is important to choose the right soil mix and amend it if necessary.

You can buy soil mix specifically designed for container gardening at your local nursery or garden center. Look for a mix that includes perlite or vermiculite, which will help improve drainage.

If you prefer to make your own soil mix, you can mix equal parts of potting soil, sand, and perlite or vermiculite. Be sure to sterilize the soil mix before using it to prevent the introduction of pests or diseases.

Once you have your soil mix, you can amend it with organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure. Adding organic matter will help improve the soil structure and fertility.

Before planting, fill the container with soil mix up to the level where the lavender will be planted. Do not add soil on top of the plant. This will help ensure that the plant is not over-watered and that the roots have enough space to grow.

In the next section, we will discuss how to choose the right lavender plants for container gardening.

Lavender Plant Selection

When it comes to selecting lavender plants for container gardening, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure success. First, it is important to choose a lavender variety that is suited for container growing. Some of the best varieties for this purpose include Hidcote, Munstead, and Phenomenal, as they grow well in confined spaces.

When selecting plants, look for those that are healthy and vigorous, with plenty of green leaves and a strong stem. Avoid plants that have yellow leaves, black spots, or other signs of damage or disease, as they are less likely to thrive in a container environment.

It is also a good idea to consider the size of the container when selecting plants. Larger containers can accommodate larger plants, while smaller containers are better suited for smaller plants or young seedlings. Keep in mind that lavender can grow quite large, particularly if it is not pruned regularly, so choose a variety and size that will work well with your container and your home décor.

Planting Lavender in Containers

Planting lavender in containers is a straightforward process, but it’s important to follow a few guidelines to ensure success. If you’re starting from seed, fill the container with seed-starting mix and sprinkle the seeds on top. You don’t have to cover them as they need light to germinate. Water the container from the bottom to prevent displacing the seeds.

If you’re planting established plants, first make sure the potting mix is damp. Then, tip the container to the side and gently loosen the plant from its container with your fingers. Place the plant in the new container and position it so that the soil level is even.

One important step is to make sure the crown of the plant is level with the surface of the soil. If the crown is buried, it can cause the plant to rot. Once the plant is in the container, gently press the soil around it to hold it in place.

After planting, water the container thoroughly until water comes out of the drainage holes. Water the plant as needed, but be sure to let the soil dry out slightly between waterings. Overwatering can cause root rot, and lavender does not like to be wet all the time.

In addition to proper watering, a well-draining potting mix is necessary to keep the plant healthy. Lavender must have good drainage to prevent the roots from sitting in wet soil, which can lead to disease issues.

Lavender Plant Care

Growing lavender in containers requires proper care to ensure healthy and thriving plants. Here are some tips for taking care of your lavender plants:


You should not overwater your lavender plants. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other problems. To keep your lavender plants hydrated, you should water them deeply when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. Be sure to allow the soil to dry out between watering sessions.


Lavender plants do not require much fertilizer. You can use a slow-release fertilizer during the growing season to provide necessary nutrients. Avoid using chemical-based fertilizers as they can harm the plant. Instead, use organic fertilizers such as compost or manure.


Pruning helps in stimulating the growth of fresh leaves and flowers. You should prune the plants once a year after the blooming season, doing this will aid in maintaining the desired shape of the plant. Prune at least 1/3 of the lavender plant’s foliage to increase the chances of producing flowers the following year.

By following these tips, your lavender plants should remain healthy, strong, and beautiful. It is always a good idea to periodically inspect the plants for signs of distress or disease.

Identifying and Treating Pests and Diseases

Lavender plants grown in containers may be more prone to pests and diseases than those grown in the ground. Because of this, it is important to be vigilant in monitoring your plants in order to identify and address these issues as soon as possible.

Common pests and diseases

Some of the most common pests that can affect lavender plants include aphids, spider mites, and thrips. These insects feed on the sap of the plant and can cause damage to the leaves and flowers.

Lavender plants can also be susceptible to fungal diseases such as root rot, powdery mildew, and gray mold. These can be caused by overwatering, poor air circulation, or high humidity.

Organic pest and disease control methods

If you do notice pests or disease on your lavender plants, there are several organic methods that can be used to control them.

For pests, a strong spray of water can help to knock them off the plant. You can also use insecticidal soap or neem oil to control aphids and other insects.

For fungal diseases, it is important to remove any infected plant material and improve air circulation around the plant. You can also use a fungicidal spray or copper sulfate solution to control the disease.

By staying vigilant and addressing any issues promptly, you can help to ensure a healthy and thriving lavender container garden.

Harvesting and Using Lavender

Harvesting lavender can be a rewarding experience, especially when you know how to do it right. Timing is everything when it comes to harvesting lavender. If you harvest too early, the blooms won’t have enough oils and won’t be as fragrant. If you harvest too late, the flowers will have dried out and lost their aroma. The ideal time to harvest lavender is when the blooms are fully developed but haven’t yet started to dry out.

To harvest lavender, cut the stems just above the leaves, leaving a few inches of stem attached to the flowers. If you wait too long to harvest, you will need to prune the shrub back to the buds to ensure healthy growth the next year.

After harvest, it’s essential to store the lavender appropriately. The best way to do this is to hang it upside down in small bundles, letting it dry completely before storing it in an airtight container. The dried lavender can be used in so many ways, including sachets, potpourri, and essential oils.

Lavender can also be used for cooking and baking. Lavender sugar and lavender syrup are easy to make and can add a unique flavor to desserts, cocktails, and tea. Just be sure to use culinary-grade lavender when using it in cooking.

In conclusion, growing lavender in containers is an excellent way to beautify your home and create an aromatic environment. Harvesting and using lavender is equally exciting and offers a myriad of benefits. When done correctly, these activities can be very fulfilling, and that’s why I encourage you to try it out.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, growing lavender in containers is a great way to add color and fragrance to your outdoor space.

Not only is it easy to grow, but it also requires minimal care and maintenance.

With the right container, soil, and care, you can grow lavender plants that will thrive for years to come.

So, which tips from today’s post are you most excited to try out?

Let me know by sending me a message - I’d love to hear about your gardening success!

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Together, we can spread the joy of growing lavender and creating beautiful outdoor spaces.

Author: Scott Sanders


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