How to Care for Lavender Plants in the Winter

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Lavender plants have some very specific considerations when it comes to taking care of them in the winter. Learn what you have to do to care for lavender plants in the winter with help from a landscape designer and horticulture writer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Marci Degman the aspiring gardener and today we're going to talk about caring for lavender plants in the winter. Now the one thing to remember is that you have to consider your climate. If it's a warm climate you probably don't really have a "winter" and your lavender plants probably just keep going. In my area they do go dormant, they don't die to the ground, but the flowers stop and the foliage gets a little bit brown, but it stays, it's generally evergreen. So I pretty much leave them alone in my climate where it does freeze. You don't want to go cutting on them or doing a lot to them during the cold months, you basically want to let them alone until the warm weather comes and then you can prune them and do things like that. But if you're in a really cold climate, that's maybe colder than a zone 8, you may either not be able to grow lavender or you'll have to protect it. And you can always really mulch it or you can put them in a container and then bring them into a sheltered area for winter. But the main thing you want to be careful of is standing water. No matter what your climate or how warm or how cold it is, lavender will rot in standing water. So the first thing you want to do is make sure the drainage around your lavender plants is really, really good through winter. If not, you need to move that plant and protect it. So the best thing you can do with your lavender plants in the winter is not to do anything until the weather warms up again. And that's how you care for your lavender during a cold season.

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