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How to grow lavender or lavender in the garden, orchard or in pots

Growing lavender  or lavenderLavandula officinalis , in the garden, orchard or in pots on a patio or terrace can be very simple with these tips that we give you in this article. As we already know, the medicinal properties of lavender are highly valued and in addition to being an aromatic and medicinal plant, it is a very beautiful ornamental plant with a very pleasant color and aroma. Not forgetting that we can use lavender in many home remedies, such as to make this lavender hand cream .

If we want to create a garden of aromatic plants, lavender or lavender cannot be missing. So don’t hesitate and go ahead and plant lavender.

Lavender is a perennial shrubby plant native to the Mediterranean area. The lavender belongs to the botanical family of the Labiadas . Lavender has violet flowers that grow in very characteristic spikes that are different from other flowers.

Lavender is a relatively rustic plant that can adapt well to different environments, so  growing lavender can be a good option for people just starting out gardening or with little practice.

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How to grow lavender in the garden, orchard or in pots

grow lavender Sowing and multiplying lavender

We can start the cultivation of the lavender in protected seedbeds at the end of winter in areas with cold climates or we can sow it directly in the orchard or garden in early spring. However, if you are in a temperate climate, you can grow it practically all year round. To multiply the lavender by cuttings , we will do it preferably in autumn and spring. See how to make cuttings .

Due to its shrubby growth and since lavender can grow to a meter and a half in height, take this into account when planning the space that lavender will need to grow well and have enough space, whether you plant lavender directly in the ground or if you do it in pots.

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Substratum

Lavender prefers rather dry soils, it does not require substrates rich in organic matter, but they must be loose and have good drainage to avoid constant humidity. Regulate the waterings well and do not overdo it with the assiduity or with the amount of water. Lavender requires deep soils, so if you grow this plant in pots or cultivation tables, they should be at least 30 cm deep. Making a fertilizer with earthworm humus or similar annually is enough.

Watering the lavender

It is a plant that does not need many waterings, rather the opposite. It is preferable that we stay short with water because it withstands droughts well than we spend with water.

Light

The lavender prefers direct exposure to the sun, although it can also be in semi-shade. It will adapt well in either case.

Temperature

As I said before, this plant is rustic and very adaptable, as it shows to say that lavender can survive temperatures of -10ºC. Although its optimum cultivation temperature is between 15 and 30 ºC.

Pruning the lavender

If we cannot, the plant can grow too large and invade the space of other plants. To keep it healthy, promote aeration and keep it in good shape, we will prune the plant once a year, preferably in spring. Throughout the year we can remove damaged branches or withered leaves.

Lavender Harvest

From the second year we can begin to harvest the lavender flowers to dry them or use them fresh in home remedies.

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