Lambs Ears (Stachys byzantina) are such a joy to have in the garden. Their soft grey furry leaves are so inviting to touch over and over again, making them a favourite planting for kids or for therapeutic gardens. Great for borders in sensory gardens or in pots. These plants are a real crowd pleaser!


How to grow Lamb's Ears in a garden

  1. Choose a full sun to part shade position with well drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised doughnut shaped ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions, allowing to dry out slightly in between waterings. 
  7. During the growing and flowering season feed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
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How to grow Lamb's Ears in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 300mm wide.
  2. Position in full sun to part shade and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  3. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions, allowing to dry out slightly in between waterings. 
  6. During the flowering season apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. Throughout the year apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Lamb's Ears hate wet feet. Avoid planting in damp soils or during periods of high rainfall. For best results, allow the soil to dry out in between waterings

  • To reduce the risk of fungal diseases avoid overhead watering.

  • Lamb's Ears don’t like humid conditions and heavy rainfall areas. If in heavy rainfall areas, grow the plants under shelter or in an area otherwise protected from excessive rainfall.

  • Ideal for Mediterranean or otherwise dry gardens.

  • Great plant for kids gardens and therapeutic gardens due to their soft and velvety foliage.

  • Tall purple spikes of flowers are produced from spring to summer.

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