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Lavender: cultivation and care tips


Lavender evokes summer, the Mediterranean but also its wonderful fragrance.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Lavandula
Family : Lamiaceae
Type : Shrub, sub-shrub

Height
: 20 to 80 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary, well drained

Foliage
: Persistent -Flowering : Summer

  • Benefits and virtues of lavender
  • Trim the lavender well
  • Lavender, an invitation to summer

Planting, maintenance and pruning all help lavender to bloom and grow.

Lavender plantation

Lavender grows everywhere in France and in countries with a similar climate, provided it benefits from maximum sunshine

  • It is recommended to plant in autumn, but you can easily crash it in spring.
  • Book him a place sunny and one well-drained soil. If your soil is very clayey, mix it with sand to lighten it.
  • Follow our planting tips.

It sometimes happens that you see lavender that die after a few weeks because the soil is too wet, which is why it is imperative to have a very well drained soil.

For the realization of a lavender hedge, plant a foot every 30 to 40 cm. (Photo credit: hcast)

Lavender in a pot:

Growing lavender in pots is quite possible.

This is a great idea for anyone who has a terrace and a balcony because it will perfume this space.

In pots, avoid situations that are too hot because the soil dries up quickly.

  • Use a potting soil for flowering plants.
  • Water as soon as the soil is dry on the surface.

Lavender care

Lavender pruning is possible but should only be done on wood still with foliage.

If you prune on dry wood, it will not grow back ...

  • To the end of winter, prune as you wish, respecting the rounded shape of the plant.
    However, avoid attacking the old wood because it develops very few young shoots.
    So choose a size still soft wood rather than hardwood.
  • If the climate in your area is mild in winter, you can also prune your lavender in the fall.
  • After flowering, cut the flower stalks so as not to exhaust the lavender unnecessarily.

Lavender flowers, once cut, are a great way to scent laundry ...

Watering lavender:

Lavender should be watered at the beginning but should normally be able to develop without watering afterwards.

Lavender does not like excess moisture and should therefore be watered carefully so as not to suffocate the roots.

  • Water after planting when the soil is dry on the surface.
  • Once properly installed, lavender does not require watering.
  • In pots, watering is more frequent.

Lavender size:

Strongly recommended each year, the pruning of lavender keeps lavender compact and promotes flowering.

  • To read about pruning: prune lavender well

Preserving lavender

Lavender can be stored for months or even years if kept in a dry place away from direct sunlight.

  • The ideal is to hang the flower spikes in small bunch to dry them before storing them
  • Our grandmothers made small cotton bags filled with lavender to perfume the laundry in the wardrobes

In addition to keeping well, lavender is full of health benefits and virtues.

To know about lavender

Lavender has been cultivated for millennia for its scent but also for its medicinal properties.

Originally from the Mediterranean basin, lavender was first used by the Romans for storing linen and to perfume baths.

It was also very quickly used in Provence for the composition of perfumes but also of medicines for its benefits and virtues of lavender.

Very pretty plant, this sub-shrub symbolizes the Provence, the Mediterranean fragrance and the sun.

It is used naturally in the fragrance composition and essential oils, especially in the region of Grasse.

Smart tip

A mulch of cocoa shells at the foot of the lavender is very decorative and gives off a very interesting smell!


Also read about lavender:

  • Health: benefits and virtues of lavender
  • To read: lavender, an invitation to summer
  • All articles devoted to lavender

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Video: 5 Tips to Growing Lavender Perfectly No Matter Where You Live (October 2020).