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Organic Grosso Fat Spike Lavender

Organic Grosso Fat Spike Lavender

Fragrant, Drought-Friendly, Lures Pollinators Effortlessly

Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' is a robust lavender variety with large deep violet flower spikes, earning it the nickname 'Fat Lavender.' Ideal for wands or sachets, the fragrant flowers maintain color when dried. Evergreen in warm climates, it forms a compact mound with silver-green foliage, thriving in full sun, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Drought-tolerant and a pollinator attractor, it blooms from mid to late summer, reaching 24-36 inches in height.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Choosing the Right Location

When selecting a location for Grosso Fat Spike Lavender, it's essential to choose a spot that receives full sunlight for at least 6 to 8 hours per day. This ensures optimal growth and flowering. Additionally, ensure the soil is well-drained to prevent waterlogging, as lavender plants are susceptible to root rot in soggy conditions. Grosso Fat Spike Lavender thrives in slightly alkaline to neutral soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. If your soil is too acidic, consider amending it with lime to raise the pH level.

Planting Grosso Fat Spike Lavender

Transplant starts outdoors after the danger of frost has passed, spacing them 12 to 18 inches apart to allow for adequate airflow. Plant them at the same depth as they were in their nursery pots and water thoroughly after planting.

Watering and Care

Once established, Grosso Fat Spike Lavender is relatively drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering. Water newly planted starts regularly to help them establish strong root systems, then gradually reduce the watering frequency as the plants mature. Avoid overwatering, as lavender plants are susceptible to root rot in waterlogged soil. Instead, water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Mulching around the base of the plants helps retain soil moisture and suppresses weed growth.

Fertilizing

Grosso Fat Spike Lavender is not a heavy feeder and generally does not require frequent fertilization. However, you can apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth and flowering. Avoid using high-nitrogen fertilizers, as they can promote lush foliage at the expense of flowers. Monitor the growth of your Grosso Fat Spike Lavender plants and adjust fertilization as needed based on their performance.

Pruning and Maintenance

Regular pruning helps maintain the compact growth habit and promotes abundant flowering in Grosso Fat Spike Lavender. Prune the plants lightly in early spring to remove any dead or damaged foliage and encourage new growth. After the first flush of flowers has faded, trim back the spent flower stems to promote reblooming. Avoid cutting into old wood, as this can damage the plants and inhibit regrowth. Additionally, prune Grosso Fat Spike Lavender plants lightly in the fall to tidy up the foliage and prepare them for winter dormancy.

Pest and Disease Management

Grosso Fat Spike Lavender is relatively pest and disease-resistant, but it may occasionally encounter problems such as aphids, spider mites, or fungal diseases. Monitor your plants regularly for signs of pest infestations or disease symptoms, and take appropriate action to control them. Insecticidal soap or neem oil can help eliminate aphids and other soft-bodied pests while pruning away affected foliage can prevent the spread of fungal diseases. Proper spacing and good airflow also help reduce the risk of pest and disease problems.

Overwintering

In regions with cold winters, Grosso Fat Spike Lavender may require protection from freezing temperatures. Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plants in late fall to insulate the roots and protect them from frost damage. Alternatively, you can grow Grosso Fat Spike Lavender in containers and overwinter them indoors in a cool, bright location until spring. With proper care and protection, Grosso Fat Spike Lavender can survive winter temperatures and thrive for many years in your garden.

Grosso Fat Spike Lavender is a beautiful and versatile herb that adds fragrance, color, and texture to any garden. By following the guidelines outlined in this guide and providing proper care and attention, you can cultivate healthy Grosso Fat Spike Lavender plants that will delight your senses and enhance your outdoor space. Whether used for culinary purposes, aromatherapy, or ornamental value, Grosso Fat Spike Lavender is a valuable addition to any garden.

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Description

Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' is a robust lavender variety with large deep violet flower spikes, earning it the nickname 'Fat Lavender.' Ideal for wands or sachets, the fragrant flowers maintain color when dried. Evergreen in warm climates, it forms a compact mound with silver-green foliage, thriving in full sun, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Drought-tolerant and a pollinator attractor, it blooms from mid to late summer, reaching 24-36 inches in height.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Choosing the Right Location

When selecting a location for Grosso Fat Spike Lavender, it's essential to choose a spot that receives full sunlight for at least 6 to 8 hours per day. This ensures optimal growth and flowering. Additionally, ensure the soil is well-drained to prevent waterlogging, as lavender plants are susceptible to root rot in soggy conditions. Grosso Fat Spike Lavender thrives in slightly alkaline to neutral soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. If your soil is too acidic, consider amending it with lime to raise the pH level.

Planting Grosso Fat Spike Lavender

Transplant starts outdoors after the danger of frost has passed, spacing them 12 to 18 inches apart to allow for adequate airflow. Plant them at the same depth as they were in their nursery pots and water thoroughly after planting.

Watering and Care

Once established, Grosso Fat Spike Lavender is relatively drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering. Water newly planted starts regularly to help them establish strong root systems, then gradually reduce the watering frequency as the plants mature. Avoid overwatering, as lavender plants are susceptible to root rot in waterlogged soil. Instead, water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Mulching around the base of the plants helps retain soil moisture and suppresses weed growth.

Fertilizing

Grosso Fat Spike Lavender is not a heavy feeder and generally does not require frequent fertilization. However, you can apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth and flowering. Avoid using high-nitrogen fertilizers, as they can promote lush foliage at the expense of flowers. Monitor the growth of your Grosso Fat Spike Lavender plants and adjust fertilization as needed based on their performance.

Pruning and Maintenance

Regular pruning helps maintain the compact growth habit and promotes abundant flowering in Grosso Fat Spike Lavender. Prune the plants lightly in early spring to remove any dead or damaged foliage and encourage new growth. After the first flush of flowers has faded, trim back the spent flower stems to promote reblooming. Avoid cutting into old wood, as this can damage the plants and inhibit regrowth. Additionally, prune Grosso Fat Spike Lavender plants lightly in the fall to tidy up the foliage and prepare them for winter dormancy.

Pest and Disease Management

Grosso Fat Spike Lavender is relatively pest and disease-resistant, but it may occasionally encounter problems such as aphids, spider mites, or fungal diseases. Monitor your plants regularly for signs of pest infestations or disease symptoms, and take appropriate action to control them. Insecticidal soap or neem oil can help eliminate aphids and other soft-bodied pests while pruning away affected foliage can prevent the spread of fungal diseases. Proper spacing and good airflow also help reduce the risk of pest and disease problems.

Overwintering

In regions with cold winters, Grosso Fat Spike Lavender may require protection from freezing temperatures. Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plants in late fall to insulate the roots and protect them from frost damage. Alternatively, you can grow Grosso Fat Spike Lavender in containers and overwinter them indoors in a cool, bright location until spring. With proper care and protection, Grosso Fat Spike Lavender can survive winter temperatures and thrive for many years in your garden.

Grosso Fat Spike Lavender is a beautiful and versatile herb that adds fragrance, color, and texture to any garden. By following the guidelines outlined in this guide and providing proper care and attention, you can cultivate healthy Grosso Fat Spike Lavender plants that will delight your senses and enhance your outdoor space. Whether used for culinary purposes, aromatherapy, or ornamental value, Grosso Fat Spike Lavender is a valuable addition to any garden.

Shipping Information

Cannot ship to the following states: AK, HI, PR, VI, GU

Shipping Weight: 0.5 lb

Dimensions: 6.0"L x 2.75"W x 2.75"H

Features

  • Attracts Bees/Butterflies
  • Container Compatible
  • Does Not Require Support
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Edible Flower
  • Fragrant
  • Good Cut Flower
  • Good for Drying
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Heirloom
  • Long-Lived
  • Open-Pollinated
  • Somewhat Drought Tolerant
  • Suited to Warmer Climates

Characteristics

Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
USDA Growing Zone: 5 - 9
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Fall
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Summer
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
Growth Habit : Bush
Life Cycle : Perennial
Plant Usage : Attracts Bees/Butterflies
Plant Usage : Culinary Herb
Plant Usage : Medicinal Plant
Plant Usage : Ornamental
Planting Time : Spring
Planting Time : Winter
Soil pH : 6.0 - 7.0
Sun Requirements : Full Sun
Useful Plant Part : Flower

Planting & Care

Soil & Water: Grow in well-drained soil with average fertility. 

Planting: Plant starts in late spring or early summer, once the soil has warmed up to at least 60°F (21°C).  Space plants 2 feet apart

Growing: Plants flower lightly during the first season and come into full bloom in their second summer. After the blooming season, prune and shape the plants while cutting off spent flower stalks. If their requirements are met, these sturdy plants will take more humidity than other lavenders. 

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We guarantee the perishable items we sell to be in good, viable condition when we sell them. Perishable items include, but are not limited to, garlic bulbs, flower bulbs, seed potatoes, onion sets & transplants, potted or bare root trees, vegetable crowns, etc. If your perishable item arrives in substandard condition, take photographs and please contact us within 3 days of the purchase date (or delivery date) and we will provide you with a refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping costs), or a replacement. Accordingly, we urge you to open any boxes marked as ""Perishable"" immediately upon receiving them and inspect the shipment thoroughly (do not crack open heads of garlic, we do not accept claims on cracked garlic). Because some perishable items can deteriorate very quickly, we cannot accept any claims beyond the 3-day time frame as it becomes too difficult to determine if these items were delivered in substandard condition, or if they turned into such substandard condition because of having been improperly cared for or stored once delivered.

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