Planting Guide and Seed Saving Notes for Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula)

The classic multi-purpose herb! Not only are the plants a lovely ornamental, you can use the dried flowers for arrangements, in aromatherapy applications, as a bug repellant, for culinary uses, and to make a potent essential oil.

How to Grow Lavender from Seed

Bed Preparation

Lavender is a perennial or tender perennial (Zones 5-8) that prefers full sun and somewhat dry, well-drained soil.

Planting

For best germination, expose seed to cool, moist conditions (stratification) for 2-3 weeks before sowing. The refrigerator works well for stratification. Sow seeds indoors several weeks before the last frost. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 70°F. Sow seeds 1/16” deep and 2-4” apart. Seeds will germinate in 21-40 days. Space mature plants 12-24" apart. Transplant outdoors once the danger of frost has passed.

Harvest

Harvest above ground parts, with or without flowers, once plants become established. Cut stems, leaving 3” of growth above the soil. If using only flowers, snip flowers without cutting the stems. Lavender is quite versatile; use fresh or dried in cheeses, baking, soap, etc.