I often get questions about growing lavender in Texas. Everyone wants to grow it, but this fragrant shrub can be surprisingly difficult to keep alive in our state. Depending on the variety, lavender is sensitive to too much humidity, heavy rains, extended cold periods and excessive heat. It's no wonder that, by my reckoning, the average life span of backyard lavender is about 9 to 11 months.
If it's hard to grow in our home gardens, it's even more challenging for lavender farmers. To combat that, Texas Tech University has launched an in-depth study of lavender and how to successfully grow it in Texas.
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