Lavender is a versatile herb that finds a place in many gardens. Despite being a Mediterranean native, this outstanding herb adapts fairly well to different climatic conditions and is grown worldwide. Lavender is not only used for culinary purposes but also enhances the beauty of your garden. You can grow this herb in your garden in container pots or flower Beds.
Different varieties of lavender can be harvested, and hybrid varieties can be found in lavender and other colors such as violet, white, purple, light pink, and yellow. Most people also cultivate lavender for commercial purposes. It can be used in flower arrangements, decorations, or gift wraps, as it has a lovely fragrance. Also, this works great for a potpourri. This flowering plant is known to bring pollinator insects, including butterflies, to your garden. Growing your lavender surely is delightful in many ways.
How to grow your lavender?
When the conditions are ideal, the lavender plant can be grown and harvested for many years. It thrives during summers. It needs little water and dry soil. If you are growing in containers, make sure it has good drainage. Place them under ample sunlight for at least eight hours a day. A shady and humid environment may hinder its growth.
Steps to follow
- If you are planting it in your garden beds, add some sand to the potting soil to enable proper water drainage. To prevent moisture retention, you may use rocks or stones around raised beds during humid months.
- Lavender needs very little maintenance and pruning. You may prune the stem after the plant has flowered and when it appears to harden.
- Lavender doesn’t need an organic mix to grow. Moderately dry soil works best.
- If you live in a hot climatic area, you should plant during winter. If you live in colder regions, you should plant during the spring and summer.
- When planting the lavender tree, dig a wide enough hole for the roots to sit in. Pick plants with healthy roots when planting in your flower beds.
- Place the plant in the hole and fill it with soil till the top roots are covered. Press around the plant with your hands firmly. Water the plant after planting it.
- Don't water the plant till you feel the soil completely dry to the touch. Too much water can cause root rotting. Depending on the conditions, it may take a week or two before you water it again.
- Lavender hardly needs any fertilizer. You just need to ensure that the soil drains water faster for the plant to grow and thrive.