Does lavender need ericaceous compost?

Lavender’s growing requirements include neutral to slightly alkaline soil with pH values of 6.5 to 7.5. Well-draining soils are essential. Plants don’t grow well in clay soils, highly organic soils or acid soils. If you use acid soils, lavender probably won’t die immediately, but it will likely be short-lived.

Can I prune lavender in February?

A light trim in late February / early March – right about now at the time of posting. A hard trim after flowering, sometime in August.

Can lavender survive a freeze?

Cold hardy lavender does actually exist. The English varieties can withstand temperatures of -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-29 C.) while the French can only withstand temperatures of 10 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 C.) or higher.

What is the best compost for lavender?

Growing lavender in containers Use a loam-based compost (John Innes No 3), mixed 50-50 with grit. A small dose of slow-release fertiliser in the spring of the second and subsequent years should see it flowering like mad. Remember: more fertiliser means more leaves, not flowers.

Why is my newly planted lavender dying?

The most common reasons for a Lavender plant dying are improper watering, over-fertilization, acidic soil pH, diseases, pests, or inadequate sunlight. Few plants are more inspiring because of their appearance, fragrance, and usefulness than the tenacious Lavender.

Can lavender be left outside in winter?

Lavender grows best outdoors, but you can also keep these aromatic gems alive over the winter. Plus, lavender is not only pretty, but also brings a sense of calm to every room.

What is the hardiest lavender to grow?

English lavenders are the hardiest of all lavenders species as they can tolerate snow during winter, drought in the summer, resist deer and rabbit predation and live for many years with the right care. Hidcote superior is the most cold hardy lavender surviving temperatures as low as -30 °C (-20 °F).