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|Min germination temp:||15°C / 59°F|
|Max germination temp:||18°C / 64°F|
|Germination time:||5 days|
|Time to transplanting:||35 days|
|Time to harvesting:||586 days|
|Mature height:||45-100cm (18-36in)|
|Mature spread:||60cm (24in)|
|Ideal pH range:||6.1 - 8.5|
|Sow depth:||½cm (¼in)|
|Sow spacing:||5cm (2in)|
|Growing plant spacing:||30-60cm (1-2ft)|
The lavenders (Lavandula) is a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. An Old World genus, distributed from Macaronesia (Cape Verde and Canary Islands and Madeira) across Africa, the Mediterranean, South-West Asia, Arabia, Western Iran and South-East India. It is thought the genus originated in Asia but is most diversified in its western distribution.
Planner[edit | edit source]
Growing[edit | edit source]
Location[edit | edit source]
Choose a sunny, open site to discourage leaf fungus diseases.
Growing in containers[edit | edit source]
Lavenders grow well in containers but they need large pots as they have long, deep roots. Use a soil-based compost, as this is the closest the plants will get to their natural habitat. Add some old crocks and coarse grit to the base of the container to ensure good drainage. Lavender grown in containers will need watering regularly in summer months, as the pots are prone to drying out. Feed lavender once a week during the growing season with a high-nitrogen organic feed such as seaweed.
Soil[edit | edit source]
Ensure soil is well drained, sandy and with lime content.
Sowing[edit | edit source]
Sow from fresh seed in late summer or autumn.
Planting[edit | edit source]
Take 10-20cm (4-8in) cuttings from a stem or transplant seedlings, in autumn or spring, to 45-60cm (18-24in) apart or 30cm (12in) for hedges.
Aftercare[edit | edit source]
Remove faded flower stems; prune hedges and straggly plants in late autumn or spring.
Harvesting[edit | edit source]
Gather flowering stems just as flowers open. Pick leaves at any time.
Preserving[edit | edit source]
Dry flowering stems by laying on open trays or hanging in small bunches.
Troubles[edit | edit source]
- Full troubles list: Mint troubles
References[edit | edit source]
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- Bremness, L. (1988). The Complete Book of Herbs. Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London. p.88-89.
- Lavender. myfolia. Retrieved: 2011-02-12.
- Growing Lavender. Herb Expert. Retrieved: 2011-02-12.
- Lavender Plants. Gardens 4 You. Retrieved: 2011-02-12.
- Lavender. The Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved: 2011-02-12.