I hope you can agree with me when I say:

 Whether you want to grow lavender as part of a mixed border, or a pretty low hedge, this is one adaptable, versatile flower that’ll fit right in wherever you choose to put it. 

Lavender is as beloved by the avowed ascetic trying to grow it in rows of neatly clipped balls to the cottage gardener content to let it froth through borders. And what’s more, bees love lavender too! Do your part in the fight to save our pollinators by planting a few sprigs wherever you’ve got room.

These lovely flowers may not look it, but like succulents, they’re definitely masochists; lavender loves it best when conditions are barren, hostile and very dry so as long you don’t stick them in a dark corner or a soggy plot of soil, you’re all set. Being a Mediterranean plant, lavender needs loads and loads of sun and fast draining soil! Wet soil makes lavender sulk and die, and it prefers poor, dry or moderately fertile soil. The more chalky and alkaline, the better.

Feeling a little intimidated? Don’t be! I’ve done all the research so you won’t have to. I’ve also included some tips on caring for lavender and growing it! Without further ado, here’s a list of the eight best potting soils for lavender on the market.

Best Soil for Lavender in Pots 2021:

Potting Soil for TomatoesRating
Miracle-Gro Potting Mix
9/10 (Editor's Choice)
Espoma Organic Potting Soil9/10
Black Gold Soil For Tomatoes8/10
Miracle-Gro Potting Soil Mix
9/10
Miracle-Gro Seeding Potting Mix 8.5/10
Black-Gold Organic Tomato Soil>10/10
Jiffy Organic Soil Mix9/10
Miracle-Gro Tomato Plant Food 7/10
Jobe's Tomato Fertilizer Spikes 8/10
Osmocote Smart Release Tomato Food 8/10

Tips And Tricks:

1. Professional Grower Mix Soil Succulent and Cactus Soil Mix 

Why we love it:

  • Relatively dry, no problems with fungus
  • Fast-draining
  • Won’t stay moist

ProsCons
✅ Drains well❌ Sometimes attracts gnats
✅ Cost effective

2. Espoma AP16 16-Quart Organic Potting Mix

Why we love it:

  • Suitable for other plants too
  • No added fertilizer
  • Espoma is a very reputable brand

ProsCons
✅ pH balanced❌ Complaints of fungus
✅ Ready to use right out of the bag

3. Premium Organic Potting Soil Mix – 1 Gallon (4 Dry Quarts) Great for Planters, Flowers

Why we love it:

  • Very light
  • Excellent drainage
  • Very portable

ProsCons
✅ pH balanced❌ Complaints of fungus
✅ Ready to use right out of the bag

4. 8 Quarts xGarden Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix

Why we love it:

  • Potent
  • Cost effective
  • Rot-resistant

ProsCons
✅ Very little❌ None
✅ Excellent drainage

5. Houseplant and Tropical Classic Potting Mix

Why we love it:

  • Fast draining
  • No fungi
  • Won’t attract insects

ProsCons
✅ Gnat free❌ Expensive
✅ Rot-resistant

6. SPONGEASE Coco Coir Brick

Why we love it:

  • Very cost effective
  • 2 gallons of soil
  • Eco-friendly

ProsCons
✅ Great drainage❌ Not suitable for other plants without nutrients
✅ Minimal nutrients

7. Esbenshade’s Professional Potting Soil (44 Qt)

Why we love it:

  • High quality soil
  • Won’t retain moisture or become soggy
  • You can re-wet it, unlike other peat soils

ProsCons
✅ High quality peat❌ None
✅ No sogginess

8. Black Gold 1302040 8-Quart All Organic Potting Soil

Why we love it:

  • Good for other plants
  • Black-gold is very reputable
  • Good price point

ProsCons
✅ Excellent blend❌ You'll want to add extra perlite
✅ Potent

Conclusion:

Wondering where to start when it comes to growing lavender? Look no further! I’ve compiled a list of the best lavender potting soils on the market to aid you on your search.

Planting And Caring For Lavender In Pots:

Lavender care:

How can I care for my indoor lavender plant? What about wintering lavender plants? Can I grow lavender in pots from seedlings?

First thing’s first: I learnt the most about gardening through a peculiar, haphazard combination of accident and negligence. So will you. Don’t worry about making mistakes, or killing your first plants, because it happens to the best of us!

It plants wonderfully by itself, but plays stupendously well with others, too! In containers and borders, we love it with a little bit of sparkling, silvery silverbush (Convolvulus cneorum), some vivid, eye-catching golden marguerite (Anthemis tinctoria), or some red California poppies ‘Red Chief’ (Eschscholzia californica ‘Red Chief’) for an arrangement that’s truly stately.

Whether you like it best grown fresh, preserved in a vase, drunk as an herbal tea, or left as an offering to the bees and butterflies, this is one little flower that does it all! There are 3 varieties to choose from: hardy, half-hardy and tender. The half-hardy and tender varieties, such as Lavendula stoechas, should be grown in sheltered spots. Ideally, you should cut them back after flowering keep your stems from becoming woody.

Where to grow lavender:

Your lavender will flourish in an open site, in direct sunlight, in a well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil (got acid soil? Try French lavender, Lavandula stoechas, instead). They cope very well in drought conditions (they even look as though they’re enjoying them) and hate heavy, wet soils, especially in the winter, which is a particularly bad time for seedlings.

Half-hardy and tender lavenders, such as Lavandula stoechas, are best grown in pots so that you can shift them to drafty, sunny spots in the winter-time.

How to plant lavender in pots:

You’ll want to choose terracotta pots with drainage holes, and pop in some grit for extra drainage. Pick a sunny spot, away from other overhead shrubs and such!

The best time to plant tender lavender is in spring, from March through to May. If you have heavy soil, improve drainage by adding horticultural grit to the planting hole before planting. Planting on a slight mound can also help prevent water-logging. Plant lavender at the same depth it was in its pot. Add a sprinkling of bonemeal to the planting hole, place the plant in the hole, backfill and firm in. Be sure to water well, and voila! Your very own lavender.

Different varieties:

Hardy lavenders can do well with temperatures down to about -15°C, so you can feel at ease leaving them in your garden year round. Anticipate a round of pruning following flowering, in August. Don’t be shy: cut back hard, but be mindful of old wood, you don’t want to reduce your lavender’s flowering potential. Stay away from green shoots entirely or you’ll kill your plant.

Half-hardy lavenders, such as Lavandula stoechas, flower for a long season but may not survive winter. Prune after their first blooms have faded but avoid pruning any later than early September.

If growing the more tender lavenders, such as Lavandula denata, deadhead and prune only if the plants become messy looking.

So dig out your gardening gloves and get going!

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