If possible, move the lavender before it sprouts
Garden lavender that has grown too large or plants that you simply want to (or have to) move to another location should be dug up and relocated in spring if possible. It is important that there are no frosts - especially no night frosts! - more are to be expected so that the roots can gain a foothold again without damaging disturbances. If, on the other hand, you want to transplant the lavender later, for example because spring was cold and damp, the last possible time for this is in July or at the latest at the beginning of August. Before the winter break, the roots need sufficient time to grow firmly into the new soil.
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- Combine lavender correctly
Putting lavender undamaged is not easy, because the plant not only develops a widely branched network of roots, but also very deep taproots. If the roots are damaged too much, the plant can die in the worst case. In most cases, however, it will recover after a year or two at the latest, provided that you have dug out the root ball as large as possible. And this is how you proceed when moving the plant:
- First dig a sufficiently large and deep hole in the new location.
- This should be about a third wider than the plant and twice as deep.
- If necessary, you have to mix a suitable substrate and provide drainage.
- The plant should not be pruned before excavating.
- Now dig up the plant to be moved.
- Start outside the crown of leaves and as deep as possible.
- Try to damage the roots as little as possible.
- After digging up the plant, carefully remove the soil and examine the roots for damage.
- If necessary, make a root cut, whereby the cutting edge should be as sloping as possible.
- Put the plant with the root ball in the new planting hole and fill this with soil.
- Press the earth firmly.
- Water thoroughly.
- You can now prune the lavender as usual.
You can then use the pruning for cuttings.
Repot potted lavender regularly
In contrast to garden lavender, with potted lavender it is relatively unimportant when you transplant it into a larger pot. It is only important that this does not happen during the winter rest, but either in spring or in summer. The new pot should always be at least a third larger than the old one - the widely branched roots of the lavender require a lot of space.
Tips & Tricks
Pots made of clay or terracotta are particularly suitable for pot lavender because excess moisture evaporates better from them than from plastic pots, for example. Plastic is particularly prone to the formation of waterlogging and is therefore not very suitable for lavender.