When and How to Transplant Lavender

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Transplanting lavender can be beneficial for its growth and overall health. Plants that are gangly and all spindleshanks probably aren’t getting enough sunlight. These plants need about eight hours of sun each day. These can therefore be transplanted to a new location if necessary, but it is important to choose the right time for transplanting.

The best time to transplant is in very early spring and in late autumn/early winter when the weather is mild and the plant is not actively growing. Fall transplanting allows the lavender plants to establish their roots before winter sets in.

Try not to transplant during periods of extreme cold when the ground is frozen. In northern climates, avoid transplanting lavender in the fall as there may not be enough time for the roots to establish before winter

Make sure to transplant at least one month before the first frost, so the roots have enough time to develop in the new soil. It is also best to transplant lavender before the plants form any buds to minimize stress.

How to transplant lavender

Transplanting lavender should be done with care to ensure the plant’s successful relocation. Here’s a guide on when and how to transplant lavender:


Before transplanting, prepare the new planting location. Choose a spot that receives full sun and has well-draining soil. Amend the soil with organic matter, such as compost, to improve its fertility and drainage.

Water the lavender plant thoroughly a day or two before moving it to a new position and trim off any flowering material (you want the plants to concentrate their energy on root development). This will also help the plant establish moisture reserves and make it easier to remove from the ground.

Digging up the plant

Carefully dig around the base of the lavender plant, ensuring that you dig deep enough to get the entire root ball. Use a garden fork or shovel to loosen the soil around the plant, taking care not to damage the roots.

After you dig the plant up, lift it out of the ground, keeping the root ball intact as much as possible. Gently shake off any excess soil from the roots. You can cut back and trim any damaged roots.

Transplanting in the ground vs container

Place the plant in a prepared hole in the new location, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Backfill the hole with soil, gently firming it around the root ball. Water the transplanted lavender thoroughly to settle the soil and eliminate any air pockets. Add more soil if needed to ensure the plant is secure.

Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the transplanted lavender to help conserve moisture and suppress weeds. Leave a small gap around the stem to prevent rot.

Care after Transplanting

After transplanting, monitor the lavender plant closely for the first few weeks. Water it regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Avoid fertilizing immediately after transplanting, as this can stress the plant. Once the lavender has established itself, resume regular care and maintenance.

Remember, lavender plants may take some time to adjust to their new location after transplanting. Be patient and provide them with the necessary care and attention they need to thrive. With proper care, your transplanted lavender should continue to grow and flourish in its new home.

Also, transplants usually won’t flower much the year they are transplanted, so use this to your advantage; keep trimming off any flower spikes and you will get a larger, fuller plant the following year.

Can you transplant lavender in the summer?

Transplanting lavender during the summer months can be challenging due to the heat and increased stress on the plant. Lavender prefers cooler temperatures and is more likely to experience transplant shock during hot weather. However, if you need to transplant lavender in the summer, choose a time early in the summer before the hottest days arrive, when temperatures are milder.

Additionally, transplant it quickly into the prepared hole, keeping the root ball intact and also provide temporary shade and protection from direct sunlight for a few days after transplanting. Also, make sure you water the plant regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist.

Spring Transplanting

Transplanting lavender in spring allows the plants to establish their root systems before the hot summer months. It is recommended to transplant when the ground is warm and the plant is not yet flowering.

Can lavender be divided and transplanted?

Dividing lavender is typically not recommended because the process can be challenging and may not always be successful. Plants with multiple stems can be divided, although this is not the typical growth habit for most lavender varieties; it is a sub-shrub with a single stem and root system.

Dividing and transplanting lavender can be challenging and may have a high plant mortality rate. Other methods such as seed propagation, layering, or taking cuttings are generally easier and more successful for propagating lavender plants.

You should therefore look for woody shrubs that have formed offsets (new plants) when one of their branches makes contact with the ground and forms roots. Then, use a sharp, sterile knife to carefully cut between the rooted stem and the original plant, then dig up the new plant and transplant it elsewhere.

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