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​How to Grow ​​​Lavender

Native to the Mediterranean basin, in modern times Lavender is prized worldwide for the gentle and soothing therapeutic properties. Although it is commonly utilized for wound and skin healing abilities of the essential oil, Lavender also makes a soothing tea or nervine tincture. A hardy and familiar addition to any herb garden!


GROWING GUIDE

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Growing Notes

  • Lavender (Munstead type) grows to a height of approximately 15" and is slightly more compact than other varieties. Flowers are lavender blue and are attractive to both humans and pollinators alike.
  • Lavender does best with full sun and well-drained, gravely soil.

SEEDS

START

Perennial (zones 4-9)

GERMINATION

14-21 days

SEED LIFE

2 years

PLANTING

SOIL

Slightly alkaline, well-drained

SUNLIGHT

Full sun

SEEDS

Flower, leaf

SEEDLINGS

12 - 18" apart

DAYS OF HARVEST

6 months

Maintaining

Indoor starting is recommended for Lavender. Give yourself plenty of time, sowing seeds 8-10 weeks before last frost in winter. The small seeds are light dependant, so tamp lightly or cover with a thin layer of soil (1/8" deep). Transplant growing seedlings to larger container once they become established. Once temperatures have started to heat up in mid spring, and there is no more chance of a freeze, your plants are ready to transplant outside.

Space plants at least 12" apart, and plant shallowly so that roots are barely covered with soil.

​HARVESTING GUIDE

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Collect spikes (stems with leaves and flowers) on a warm, dry summer day, and dry by hanging upside down out of direct sunlight. Do not collect spikes until they have started to dry out and become more rigid, and flowers are close to bloom.

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