Let’s start off with a few basics…
Spanish lavender, or Lavendula stoechas, is one of around 40 varieties of this sun-loving purple plant. Native to the Mediterranean, this herb thrives in hot, dry climates, so you’ll want to make sure that your new plant pal gets LOTS of rays and just enough water to keep it happy. At the top of each flowering stem of Spanish lavender are longer, lighter bracts that almost resemble bunny ears, giving it a unique appearance compared to the more common English lavender - how lovely!
OK - you’ve popped the box and taken a few selfies (don’t forget to tag us!). What now? Whether this is your first foray into living lavender or you’re a seasoned pro when it comes to plants we’ve got a pro tip (or ten!) to share with you to get your new aromatherapeutic arrival off on the right foot.
Less is more when it comes to watering your Spanish lavender. This plant is very sensitive to overwatering and will have a hard time recovering from being waterlogged, so adding just a bit of water at a time is key.
Pro Tip: For easy watering, the plant ships potted in a plastic grower’s pot that nestles within the decorative vessel. Just pop it out, place it in the sink, and water it as needed! Leaving it in the sink until the water has fully drained will help ensure that your lavender isn’t being overwatered.
Location, Location, Location
Help your Spanish lavender live its best life by giving it the direct sunlight and extreme heat it craves. In fact, getting too little sun and heat can dramatically shorten your lavender’s lifespan and prevent those fragrant flowers from blooming. Got a patio or balcony? An outdoor table in full sun is a prime location for your new plant pal!
If you have a sunny yard, try transplanting your lavender! You’ll be most successful if you live in the right climate - hot, dry environments with mild winters are ideal. If possible, it’s best to wait until the spring to minimize transplant shock, but summer or early fall will do if you’re eager to get started.
Look for a spot that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and has well-draining soil - adding sand and grit can help with that!
When you’re ready, carefully remove your lavender from its pot (roots, soil, and all!), and replant it in your chosen location. Water it diligently for the first year as it adjusts to life in your garden. If kept happy, you’ll be able to enjoy your Spanish lavender’s lovely fragrance and sweet blooms for countless summers to come!