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Learning how lavender grows indoors

by Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES 05/19/2024

Learning how lavender grows can be your ticket to a calming and fragrant home. While lavender is frequently planted outdoors, it can also grow successfully in containers inside. If you’re interested in growing a lavender plant indoors as a houseplant, here are the most important things to know:

Light requirements

Growing lavender requires plenty of direct sunlight. Lavender plants thrive where they can get at least six hours of full sunlight per day. When growing lavender indoors, place your plant in front of a south-facing window. Otherwise, you may need to move the lavender around to follow the best possible sun exposure.

Soil preference

Lavender plants genuinely like “poor” quality soil without any organic matter. Lavender likes to have well-drained soil that’s more sandy than soft. This makes normal indoor potting mix perfectly fine for growing lavender, especially formulas meant for cacti and succulents. You can always add sand or other amendments to improve drainage.

Temperature & humidity

Lavender plants typically grow best in hot, dry environments. When growing it indoors, this means you’ll want to keep it somewhere temperatures are consistently high but with plenty of airflow.

Too much humidity is more of a risk than lower temperatures, however; keep your lavender somewhere with good air circulation and out of steamy areas like bathrooms and kitchens.

When to water

Because too much moisture can cause problems for lavender plants, it’s best to water only when the soil feels dry. You can use a moisture meter to test below the surface to ensure the soil is draining properly.

The only exception to this is when the plant is brand new and first becoming established: during the first growing season, water frequently instead of letting the soil dry out too long in between.

Pruning & ongoing care

Lavender flowers and buds will grow naturally as long as the soil is sufficiently lacking in organic matter. Adding fertilizer or compost will instead encourage the plant to focus energy on its gray green foliage and structure rather than blooms. For the best lavender flowers, prune every spring to encourage new buds to form.

If you want to plant lavender and enjoy its aromatic blooms inside your home, following these tips will help you achieve your goals. With the right balance of warmth, light and well drained soil, you can grow lavender in containers just as well as outside in your garden.

About the Author
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Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES

Ann Marie Damashek has always been a natural at helping people prepare their homes for sale. She started out with a successful business selling goods for people on eBay. "Nine times out of ten they were hiring me because they were down-sizing,” Ann Marie says. "So I decided to get my license. I said, ‘Might as well sell their house too.’” The transition was a smooth one and for nine years she’s had a thriving full-time real estate business that allows her to marry her entrepreneurial spirit with her passion for helping others. With an office in Larchmont, New York, she serves all of Lower Westchester County, with her primary market in the Sound Shore region. The majority of her business is "sphere of influence” with former clients referring her to friends and family. A gifted communicator, Ann Marie quickly builds trust and rapport with her clients by being both thoughtful and responsive; she understands that during the purchase or sale of a home, a quick response time is crucial. "I am very accessible,” Ann Marie says. "I always make time for my clients. They can call me, text me, email me up until 10 o’clock at night and I will respond. I’m available on weekends. I get back to people very promptly. I’m very customer service-oriented.” Her clients appreciate her professionalism, passion and enthusiasm and as a result her repeat and referral rate continues to grow each year. While selling real estate is serious business, Ann Marie knows that at times humor and a moment of levity can be a relief to clients. While she has a laidback and easygoing personality, she can be assertive when needed on her clients’ behalf. She loves being of service to them, and the continually changing nature of the work keeps her engaged and fulfilled. "It’s never boring,” Ann Marie enthuses. "Every day is different. That’s probably what I like most about it. But I also enjoy helping people sell or buy and educating them about the process. I love helping them achieve their goals.” This ethic of service has resulted in well-deserved recognition. Ann Marie has received the Westchester Magazine Five Star Real Estate Agent Rating four years running, in 2015 and 2016 she was the #1 agent in her office, and she’s a Zillow 5-Star Premier Agent. To keep in touch with former clients, Ann Marie sends cards to mark special occasions or reaches out via email. To market her listings, Ann Marie uses Multiple Listing Services (MLS), as well as Listingbook.com, a service that allows both agents and their clients access to MLS data. She also uses a Facebook business page and ads to boost new listings or promote upcoming open houses. "That drives a tremendous amount of traffic,” Ann Marie says. She also uses the most popular real estate websites such as Zillow and Trulia. A strong believer in giving back, Ann Marie sits on the Board of Trustees of her church and is involved in a variety of social justice projects. She’s affiliated with Furniture Sharehouse, a furniture bank for Westchester County, which collects and distributes gently used furniture free of charge to those in need. "I love it on so many levels because as a realtor, it’s helps my sellers downsize through charitable donations. I like the environmental aspect of it as well. And it helps people who truly need things.” She’s also involved in Impact 100, a women’s philanthropic giving organization. In her free time, Ann Marie enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. For the future, Ann Marie wants to continue expanding her business and developing her brand, and she someday hopes to grow a strong team. But her main goal is to stay in the real estate business, helping her clients to achieve their dreams.