Indoor Lavender Plant Care

Not all of us have outdoor space, and even if we do, bringing a lavender plant indoors can add color and fragrance to a space all summer long! But how exactly do we get our lavender plant to grow (and flower!!!) indoors?! It can sometimes be tricky with this plant, so be sure to follow this advice carefully!

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Indoor Lavender Plant Care: Light Requirements

One of the biggest challenges with growing lavender indoors is providing it with enough sunlight that it can produce a good amount of flowers (instead of just a bunch of stretched out leaves). If you live in a region with mild winters, you might be able to get away with placing your lavender plant on a south- facing window ledge. However, for those of you in colder climates (that have shorter day lengths in the winter), you will need to purchase a plant light to shine over your lavender. This is because lavender plants need about 8 hours of sunlight a day to grow without stretching. You can find my favorite natural-looking and cheap plant light here!

Indoor Lavender Plant Care: Water Requirements

Lavender plants are used to being in hot, dry conditions… which means that the worst thing for them is to have their roots soaking in water. Keeping this in mind, only water your lavender plant when the top 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the soil is dry. Also make sure that your soil and pot has good drainage so that it dries out a couple of times each week. This is especially important in the winter as most people water their plants the same way throughout the year and end up drowning their plant in the winter when the plant uses only a fraction of their normal water.

Indoor Lavender Plant Care: Additional Tips

Another thing that helps lavender plants to grow is a slightly alkaline soil. To achieve this, you can dry and crush up eggshells. Then sprinkle these on the top of the soil. Next, remember to prune your plant in the fall or the spring in order to keep your plant from getting woody. I’ve included a video below to demonstrate exactly how to do this. Then as a final tip, be sure to harvest the flower stalks before the last flower has opened in order to get the scent and the oil at its most potent moment!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these care tips! And enjoy growing your own lavender indoors! Feel free to leave any comments and questions below. I love hearing from all of you! And once again, if you’re planning on growing your lavender outdoors (even if it’s only during the summer), be sure to check out my Outdoor Lavender Plant Care post!

Happy Digging!

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2 thoughts on “Indoor Lavender Plant Care”

  1. Thanks Mia for letting me know you are interested in lavender pruning! I’m going to update my post now with the best video I could find about how to prune your lavender plant!

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