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Lavender, English Lavender
One of the most attractive and fragrant of all herbs, Lavender is the quintessential cottage garden plant. Its aromatic foliage consists of 12 to 24 inch tall gray-green spikes of blue or mauve flowers (also highly aromatic) that bloom from mid summer to early fall. Although there are many lavender species suited for the garden, the most popular by far is English Lavender (Lavendula vera), which is also commercially grown widely for its many cosmetic and medicinal properties.
hardy perennial shrub
Lavender can be grown from seeds, but is usually started with transplants taken from rooted cuttings in the spring or summer. The stems are thick and woody and should be trimmed after flowering to keep the plant neat and tidy. Lavender plants will deteriorate over time, so plan on planting replacements every few years.
cuttings and seeds
flowers and leaves
Harvesting & Storage:
Harvest lavender during dry weather when stalks have less water in them. Lay them out in flat or hang them in bunches to dry. Keep in mind that oils dissipate as temperature rise throughout the day harvest in mid morning or early evening when air is cool and dry.
headaches, nervousness, and aromatherapy
garnish; scented oils; syrups; jellies; teas
potpourri; laundry rinse; furniture polish; insect repellant; oil scented candles; wreaths, skin and hair care; perfumes; perennial gardens
perennial herb and shrub
spring or fall in most areas; spring in zone 5
10" to 3'
poor to rich, well-drained soil
hardy to zones 5-9
early to mid summer
fragrant clusters of small lavender, purple or violet tubular-shaped flowers on spikes
fragrant mounds of long, spiky silvery-green leaves on narrow stems
fragrant gardens, borders, beds, edging, herb gardens, and crafts
Purchase plants. Cuttings from new growth can be propagated in the summer, or seeds can be started indoors. Planting site should have air circulation to help combat leaf spot in humid areas. Keep organic mulches (wood chips, leaves, grass) 12 inches from the base of plants (stones, gravel and sand are okay to use near the base). Watering is unnecessary with well-established plants-except during extreme drought conditions-lavender does not like wet feet, so well-drained soil is a must. Trim plants lightly each year after flowering or cut them back more severely every few years to keep them bushy. Once established, plants dislike being disturbed so don't divide them.
Lavender flowers can be used for culinary or medicinal purposes.
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Hardiness Zone: 6a
Zoe from New York City
Your lavender plant is probably just settling in and focusing its energy on establishing roots. As long as it isn't showing any signs of disease or dying it's probably just fine. Here are some tips for growing it in containers:
Hang in there it is probably growing a root system.
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Solution: Separate the two. Lavender requires moisture but the Rosemary doesn't like so much moisture. DON'T fertilize them. Cut any dead branches off, make certain they have good drainage and give them lots of space. Neither likes cooler weather, I believe. Good luck. God bless you. : )
Hmmm... I was wondering if the soil was the right pH for the Lavender? Also, could you may have damaged the lavenders roots while transplanting.
Zoe, I have two in separate pots and they're doing the same. They're perennials. They always take the first year after planting to establish (even when repotted). I wouldn't worry. You'll get a great surprise next year!
It could be that the plant has just adjusted to the pot. This happens in some perennials, mainly trees. I went to an Amish place that sells plants. And LOL they still had tomatoes in the little tiny square things they are started in. Although they looked pretty raggid, some even had Bonsai size tomatoes on them. But very tough skinned. They sold them out for 50 cents a flat. Each little flat had four tomato plants in them. So I bought a flat.
I have read that lavender don't like the roots messed with. I don't know that I could verify that for sure. I transplanted my granddaughters we started from seed into a large pot and it is fine. But it won't flower untill the next year. Good Luck with your lavender.
I took a trip to Oregon and went through an area that had lavender farms. I am in love with the fragrance! I have tried to grow it in South Texas but I guess it's too warm! Is it possible to plant seeds now and expect a harvest? Rosemary grows a lot here and it seems to be the same type of plant. Any suggestions?
I don't have any personal experience with that, but lavender is native to the hotter regions of the world. It tends to like drier soils and sun. If it seems to be baking too much you might try planting it where it has some shade in the hottest hours of the day. There are lots of different varieties so you could ask at a local nursery which ones might do well in your area. Lavender can actualy do pretty well in containers, so you might even try growing it in a sunny spot in the house! You should be able to get plants from seed now but I don't know if it'll bloom the first year (mine hasn't, is it just me?). The foliage smells nice, though.
Yes Isabel, lavender is very close to rosemary. I grow then alongside each other here in Australia. We are experiencing a very bad drought and they need less water than a lot of other plants. I bought it as a very small plant at the plant nursery and it has grown to about 5 ft tall. It needs very little looking after, just a light prune after flowering.
I live in the Texas Hill Country and have had trouble growing lavendar. Never had any luck at all from seeds, but a year ago I planted a lavendar plant I got at Walmart and it is thriving (right next to the rosemary). There is an herb farm over in Fredericksburg (not far from us) that grows lavendar. They have a Web site at http://www.fred burgherbfarm.com and can no doubt give good advice. Good luck!
I finally have a lavender plant (tried many times from seed) that started out very small, but now is about 2 feet in diameter. It has last season's old growth on it. I was wondering if and how I should prune it and if there's any type of "food" it likes or diseases to look out for? It took so long to finally get a lavender plant I don't want to risk losing it. Thanks for your help!
Hardiness Zone: 6b
By Kim from Westminster, MD
Check out this website. http://www.thri 4822559.tip.html
It should give you some ideas. I cut mine back every year from about 5' across to about 3' across.
What is the best way to grow lavender?
Hardiness Zone: 7a
By Tommo from Greenwich, CT
You definitely need a sunny spot. I have some in a semi-sunny spot and it's just not doing great. Here's more:
I grow lavender in Taos, New Mexico. We're at 7,000 ft. altitude with arid climate and cold winters plus windy spring and summer months. All I know so far is Hidcote and Munstead are the most resistant to our temperatures. I can't grow the real French lavender here. I still have problems with some plants wintering over. I cover them with frost cloth and water them sparingly in winter/early spring. Some look so dry come spring, though.
Any ideas on how to get better results?
How do I get a cut started off of a lavender bush?
Hardiness Zone: 6b
By Debra from Hampton, TN
When is the best time to start planting lavender in south Texas?
By Mary from San Antonio, TX
I need help fast with my lavender plants. One has all brown leaves, no green. I have another and don't want the same thing to happen. What is the problem?
Is lavender deer resistant? What about heather? Any suggestions for plants, vines, or flowers that can be grown at high altitude (over 9,000 feet) and are deer resistant? I know it is a lot to ask of a plant.
By Tracy G.
A lavender seed just sprouted in a glass filled with water. I want to plant it outdoors. Am I supposed to plant it outdoors or indoors of my apartment? Tell me please how am I supposed to planted it. I really enjoy seeing this plant flourishing in magazine photos. Thank you!
Hardiness Zone: 10b
By Iris from Deerfield Beach
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Photo Description When I trim my garden I take the stems of the plant and replant them in a pot. The stems will root within a week. Furthermore, this plant grows similar to a Bird of Paradise. The root system will branch out and start new growth.
I started growing the Lavandula flower several years ago. I love the cone shape of the flower and how beautiful it is when it blooms. The flower blooms year round and they are so easy to grow. The long stems of the plant can reach over 8 feet tall.
When I trim my garden I take the stems of the plant and replant them in a pot. The stems will root within a week. Furthermore, this plant grows similar to a Bird of Paradise. The root system will branch out and start new growth.
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