Aromatic plants

Grow Lavender

How to grow lavender

To start growing lavender you need to choose a spot well exposed to sunlight, as a Mediterranean plant grows in warm and sunny places. We choose an area of ​​the garden or terrace where the plant is in full light for at least eight hours a day. The chosen place must be, if possible, in a sheltered area that also protects it from the winds of winter. It might be a good idea to plant it near a stone or wall, to give it more warmth and protection. Let’s make sure that the earth drains water properly and does not stagnate, otherwise it would not be a suitable soil for growing lavender. Let’s check the pH level of the earth. This plant grows best in slightly alkaline places: it prefers a soil with a pH between 6.7 and 7.3. To carry out these checks it is necessary to find a test probe in horticultural shops. If necessary, to increase the alkalinity of the culture medium we can add calcium oxide. 70 grams of lime are enough per quarter of a cubic meter of earth. Source: us.123rf.com

What variety of lavender to choose


Make sure you buy the right type of lavender, as there are many different varieties that can be grown at home. Some of the most vigorous species are Munstead and Hitcote, but the one found in local stores should be fine. In case of doubt, it will be sufficient to ask the staff for information. We could also grow lavender starting from the seeds, but this procedure is not suitable for the less experienced as it would take a month to germinate. Let’s now move on to planting: dig a hole large and deep enough to accommodate the roots. This plant, in reality, lives better in a small space and therefore we must not exceed with the dimensions. To give an example: if you have to put the lavender in a vase or container, let’s choose one suitable to contain the roots, adding 2 or 3 cm per side. Source: media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com

How to plant lavender


Prepare the soil by adding two handfuls of stones of about 2 or 3 cm in size and mix the stones and the soil properly. The gravel will help drainage while the calcium oxide will make the pH optimal. Adding some fertilizer, the lavender will have what it needs to start growing. We water the plant while it is still in the pot with which we bought it. This must be done at least an hour before planting and will allow the roots to be hydrated but not moist. Let’s remove a few leaves of the lavender before planting it. This procedure will facilitate the passage of air between the stems, encouraging their growth and will not allow the central part of the stem to thicken too much, which often happens with lavender. Prepare the roots by gently removing the seedling from the pot and shaking it lightly to remove the soil from the roots. To grow lavender, the plant must be placed with bare roots in order to facilitate rapid rooting to the new environment.

Grow Lavender: Caring for the plant


We place the lavender in the hole by placing it gently on a light layer of earth, right above the mixture prepared previously. We check that the roots are slightly detached from the mixture. We fill the areas above and around the roots with soil compacting it slightly. If more than one specimen is planted at a time, it is good to calculate 90 cm of space between one plant and the other for the purpose of good air circulation and the right space for growth. Now let’s see how to care for the plant. Lavender doesn’t need a lot of care and will only need fertilizer once a year. A thin layer of mixed compost and calcium dust in early spring is enough. During the summer we can also use fish oil with herbs and seaweed two or three times. We water in moderation, as, lavender does not like standing water. To prevent weeds and winter frosts we use colored mulch at the base of the plant: coarse sand, stones or chopped shells of molluscs are fine. Finally, we repeat the pruning process at least once a year. Source: upload.wikimedia.org

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