LavenderLavender adds incredible beauty to your garden! Its neat bushes give a wonderful aroma and dry well. As a result, Lavender is prevalent in medicine, sachets, potpourri, perfumery, cosmetic, aromatherapy, culinary, and decorative purposes.
Vera Lavender, the original English Lavender, is one of the hardiest lavenders. It was used as a perfume and the main ingredient in incense in ancient Egypt, and the Grеeks and Romans used it to scent bathwater. In the Middle Ages, Lavender protected sick rooms from insects and infections and was also part of the smelling salts. Scientist Rene Gattefosse, who has researched aromatherapy, found that using lavender essential oil significantly improved burn healing. Lavender is grown commercially throughout the world, mainly for use in essential oils.
How to grow Lavender from seeds:
- Sowing: Place English Lavender seeds in the refrigerator for a month before planting. Plant them below the surface in well-drained soil at 60-64 degrees F. Moisten the ground with a spray bottle to prevent over-watering and keep them out of the hottest sun. Germination takes place within a month, and transplantation is possible in about six months. Transplanting can be done both in late spring and autumn. Transplant them carefully into large pots to avoid damaging the roots. Lavender prefers full sun and well-draining soil, rocky or sandy. Plant them 24-36 ″ apart in rows 30-36 ″ apart. English Lavender seeds can grow in containers when appropriately handled. Lavender is also an excellent hedge that attracts birds, bees, and butterflies and scares off deer and rabbits.
- Plant Spacing: 24-36″.
- Growing of English Lavender: For young lavender plants, constant watering is required. Too much water can kill the plant, but they will need sufficient soil moisture until they take root. Mature plants will tolerate drought but should not become dehydrated. Mulching plants with gravel or small shells can help absorb heat and fight weeds. In the first year of plant growth, it is recommended to prune the flowers to grow healthy roots and foliage. Pruning is also vital for adult plants.
- English Lavender Soil Requirements for: Grows best in light, well-drained, gravelly soil. Lavender likes a protected, south-facing location.
- English Lavender Days to Germination: 21 days.
- Light Preference of English Lavender: Full Sun.
- Life Cycle of English Lavender: Perennial
- How and When to Harvest English Lavеnder: It is recommended to pick the Lavender in the morning when the dew is dry. For drying, you need to collect stems with several open buds. They indicate that the scent has reached its peak. For fresh use, harvest stems with lots of exposed buds. Dry the lavender bunches upside down in a cool, dark place for a week.
- English Lavender Days to Maturity:100 – 110 Days
- English Lavender's Seed Saving: Flowers wilt and seeds develop in late summer. Remove the stems one at a time when they begin to dry, and the seeds are ripe, then dry them until they dry completely out of direct sunlight. Thresh them to remove seeds. Store seeds in a cool, dry place.
- Common Names: English Lavender, Garden Lavender, Common Lavender, Narrow-Leaved Lavender
- Latin Name: Lavandula angustifolia
- Species Origin: Mediterranean
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Seeds per Ounce: 28,000
- Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun
- Height: 24 Inches
- Color: Green, Pink, Purple
- Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall
- Uses: Culinary, Medicinal, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Aromatic