Growing Lavender From Seed
Growing lavender is relatively easy once you’ve picked a location and planted your seeds and it is best to grow lavender in spring. Once planted, it will take couple of weeks to see a sprout. Lavender is a perennial herb known for its beautiful flowers and its soothing scent. It’s a popular addition to gardens, where it can be used in everything from cooking to landscaping. However, the most important part of growing lavender is patience—it can take up to two years for a plant to grow large enough to produce flowers.
Let me tell you a little bit more about Lavender
The name “lavender” is derived from the Latin term lavare, meaning “to wash” or “to cleanse.”
Lavender is a fragrant, flowering plant that grows mostly in the Mediterranean and thrives in dry climates with well-drained soil. It is used for a variety of different purposes, including cooking, fragrance and even medicine. The plant and it sets of leaves has been used for thousands of years as a culinary herb, especially in France and Italy where it is also used to flavor liqueurs such as Chartreuse, Benedictine and Vermouth. Lavender flowers are also used in making honey and lavender oil is extracted from the flowers for use in perfumes and lotions.
Ancient Greeks believed that lavender could remedy skin diseases including acne and acne scars. The Romans used lavender to treat headaches, colds and indigestion.
Lavender is grown commercially on farms throughout the world; however, the majority of lavender products are made from imported French or Italian varieties.
When to plant
If you ask, what is the ideal time to plant lavender? you can plant lavender in spring by cutting off some roots from established plants or by digging up young plants from your local nursery. Plant them in well drained soil and give them plenty of water until they are established for consistent germination rate. The best time to plant lavender is after the last frost in your area when soil temperature reaches about 60 degrees F (15 C).
Lavender is a perennial plant that grows between 12 inches and 4 feet tall and follows a unique germination process, depending on the variety. It can be found growing in many different climates around the world, but it’s especially popular in Mediterranean regions like France and Italy.
Lavender prefers full sun and sandy, well-drained soil
Lavender prefers full sun and sandy, well-drained soil. When planted in good conditions, it usually takes couple of weeks for them to grow. You can plant it in containers as well, although it will need more frequent watering than plants grown in the ground. If you’re planting it in a container, make sure the container has drainage holes in the bottom so that excess water can drain out. You’ll also want to add some organic fertilizer when you plant your lavender to give it a good start.
Lavender thrives in alkaline soil
Lavender thrives in alkaline soil, with a pH reading of 7.5 to 8.5 (the average pH of tap water is 7).
Lavender, like many other commonly gardened plants, thrives in alkaline soil and warm location. You can check your soil with a pH testing kit (available at most gardening stores) or get it tested by the county agricultural extension office. If the pH reading is 7.5 to 8.5, your soil will be perfect for growing lavender!
Just remember: tap water has an average pH of around 7, which is more neutral than alkaline, so if you’re watering your lavender with tap water, you’ll want to make sure you’re also treating your soil with something like lime to bring it back up on the pH scale.
How to grow lavender
Lavender is a perennial plant that can be grown from seed. The easiest way to grow lavender is to start it in a seed tray first, and then transplant the young plants into larger containers when they are ready.
– Seed tray with drainage holes
– Heat mat
– Soil (either potting or organic)
– Organic fertilizers (optional)
– Gloves (optional)
- First, you need to make sure you have the right type of soil mix. Lavender seedlings grows best in sandy soil with lots of drainage. If you don’t have that type of soil, consider planting lavender in pots instead of directly in the ground.
- You’ll also want to pick the right spot (bright location) for your lavender plants. Lavender needs lots of sun and a good amount of space between each plant. A good rule of thumb is that each plant should be at least 18 inches apart from others.
- When it comes time to actually plant your lavender seed, you should dig a shallow hole (about 1 inch deep) rather than a deeper planting hole and sprinkle the seeds evenly into it, you could use two seeds per hole. Then cover them up lightly with soil and water them daily until you see sprouts!
- Lavender grows a bit faster (2-3 weeks) Once those sprouts begin to grow into full-blown plants, continue watering them every day for a couple of weeks or so during dry spells and prune them back whenever necessary to keep their shape nice and tidy—you’ll know when they need pruning because they’ll start growing too tall and falling over on themselves
You can purchase transplants through mail-order catalogs or by visiting local nurseries. It is also possible to grow your own transplants from seedlings. Lavender transplants are quite easy to achieve at home.
1) Remove the lavender from its container and gently loosen the roots around the root ball by running your fingers under them and pulling them apart.
2) Dig a hole that is large enough for both the root ball and the new soil around it; make sure there is enough room for water drainage at the bottom of the hole. If necessary, add some sand or gravel to help improve drainage in hard clay soil.
3) Place the lavender into its new home so that all parts of its root system are covered with soil (including any attached weeds). Make sure there is
Types of lavender
There are three main types of lavender: English lavender, French lavender, and Spanish lavender. Each type has its own characteristics, including color, scent, and height.
- English lavender varieties (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most widely used variety of lavender in the world. It has long stems and very fragrant flowers. It can grow up to 6 feet tall and produces beautiful purple blooms. This type of lavender is often used for cooking, making sachets and drying the flowers for their fragrance.
- English lavender hybrid is a cross between two types of lavender: Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia. The resulting hybrid lavender plant is a vigorous grower with flowers that are larger than the original plants. It can be cultivated in full sun or sheltered location.
- French Lavender flowers (Lavendula dentata) is a variety of lavender that has very fragrant flowers and a sweet scent similar to honey. It grows in an upright fashion with purple flowers that have white tips on them. This type of lavender can grow as tall as 4 feet tall but it does not produce seeds like English Lavender does so it tends to be less invasive when planted in an area where there are other plants around it because it cannot spread its seeds very far away from its original location unlike English Lavender which can spread its seeds further than just one place which makes English Lavender more invasive than French Lavender ever could be.
- Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) is a type of lavender that has flowers that are light purple or white with a yellow center. It’s used in perfumes and soaps because of its strong scent and ability to repel insects.
Growing lavender is a great way to deepen your connection with the herb, and experimenting with its scent can be a fun project in itself. It’s a soft, sweet-smelling plant that can be kept in any sort of garden. Don’t discard your old teabags, or feel the need to buy new tea blends to make this work for you! I hope that you will give it a try some time, and appreciate the pleasantly sweet, relaxing scent that was once thought to bring luck to sailors.
Moreover, you should also read our article about how to grow peonies from seeds.