Lavender is one of the most delightful scents that Mother Nature has created in my opinion. There are so many uses and health benefits of lavender. Lavender will even keep mosquitoes at bay in your outdoor area. If you are interested in growing your own lavender from seeds, then see our outline below on how to do so properly.
Soil & Planting:
To start with, set your seeds out in an open area roughly 10 to 18 inches apart. Make sure the area enjoys full sunshine and excellent air circulation. Slightly alkaline soil that is well-drained with a pH level of around 6.7 and 7.3 is ideal. It is also a good idea to add sand into the soil to encourage proper drainage, which is imperative to grow lavender.
Growing Lavender in Pots:
Many varieties of lavender grow well in pots or containers indoors, or even in raised flowerbeds. If you choose to go this route, you will need coarse soil that drains easily. You will water sparingly, particularly in the cooler months. Once the cooler months of fall and winter arrive, the next step is to sink your lavender into a flowerbed so the roots don’t freeze and so it can stay good and healthy throughout the winter.
Tips & Tricks:
Should you decide to harvest lavender for perfume or for decor, only clip every third stem to keep your flowers looking full. Since lavender flowers keep their perfume for months on end if they are clipped right before blooming fully, make it a point to harvest them at that time. You can also dry your flowers by hanging them upside down in a well-ventilated yet dark space. A closet typically works best and it adds a wonderful scent to your home.
While not as common as blue lavender, you can also plant pink, white, or pale purple lavender seeds to create a diverse looking flowerbed all summer long. When not in bloom lavender continues to look and smell amazing. Happy Lavender planting