How to Grow Lavender in the Midwest
Tips for growing lavender
Here's what has worked for Midwest lavender farmers--and what should work in your home garden, too.
Plant in full sun. Lavender likes at least eight hours of sun a day.
Prepare 8-12 inches of well-draining soil for your plants. Lavender doesn't like the clay soils of the Midwest, which trap moisture. Prepare an ideal soil that drains well with one-third garden soil, one-third sand or pea gravel and one-third organic compost. When Deborah and Steve Nathe started their lavender farm, Winding Brook Estate, in Eureka, Missouri, just outside St. Louis, they literally added tons of sand to the soil. A mounded bed also helps provide drainage. Without good drainage, lavender will rot.
Plant in spring for best results. While lavender can be planted anytime from early spring to late fall, it has a better chance of thriving if it goes through a full growing season before winter.