Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia

When and how much to water lavender

Young lavender seedlings, especially on very hot days, should be watered daily and it is preferable to completely immerse the pot in a container containing water for a few hours. Once grown and transplanted in the garden or in its definitive container for the first two years it is necessary to water abundantly every 7/10 days. Only when it is well rooted does it become tolerant to heat and drought and watering can be reduced: from November to February you can even wait for the foliage to begin to yellow before lightly watering the soil, while air circulation must always be favored. and the leaves should never be wet. Summer watering is more frequent. Soil drainage is essential for the well-being of the

Lavender crop care

Lavender is a shrub plant cultivated for its colors and scents that gives a natural touch to any garden but in the southern regions it grows very well in pots, where it benefits from better drainage and optimal air circulation. These plants thrive in arid western climates and are considered annuals in the South. Most crop care for this plant is aimed at avoiding damage from waterlogging and humidity. River sand can be added to increase drainage to the soil and, whether in the open field or in the garden, you may prefer to plant it on the top of a slope, providing it with a raised bed. In pots, a mulch with stones or sand will cause faster evaporation. When cutting the flowers it is important that the plant is enlarged at the base of the foliage, so as to improve circulation. Another important care is pruning: this must take place when there is no longer any danger of colds at night and the plant has not yet begun to sprout. Lavender is pruned only once a year, being careful not to damage the woody part.

How to fertilize?

Lavender is considered a low maintenance plant. For large commercial crops it is essential to carry out two cycles or more cycles of fertilization, including the autumn one for plants grown outdoors, which sees the use of a fertilizer rich in phosphorus around the base to make the lavender stronger and more resistant to cold winter. For our pot or lavender bushes that we have placed in the garden in front of a warm wall, just add compost to the base of the plant before watering to have a beautiful bloom with intense colors. It is also possible to use liquid fertilizer once or twice during the summer but sparingly and properly diluted. Lavender loves slightly alkaline soils, and if necessary, the soil can be corrected by adding a little lime.

Lavender: exposure, diseases and remedies

Lavender is a plant native to the Mediterranean regions and thrives in warm and sunny places. A spot in the garden in full sun where the plant can receive at least 8 hours of sunshine a day is ideal. However, it should be sheltered from strong winds and colds at night. The presence of a large stone or wall can provide additional heat and shelter.This plant grown for its medicinal properties can be affected by various viral and fungal infections that attack the basal part and cause rot that spreads to the leaves and roots. They are combated by specific products that are easily found on the market but prevention is fundamental and is obtained by avoiding excess humidity and favoring the exchange of air. Another enemy of Lavender is the viral mosaic that causes the stunted plant growth and yellowing of the leaves. When this infection occurs, all you can do is eliminate the plant and its soil as there are no treatments: this is why it is very important to always remember to disinfect the equipment for pruning and cutting.

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