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Plant Care

How to Grow Lavender

Lavender, known for its fragrant flowers and aromatic leaves, is an easy-to-grow shrub that flourishes in sunny, well-draining locations or containers. This versatile herb offers culinary benefits and adds vibrant colour to gardens from early summer to fall. Its silvery-green leaves and upright blooms make it perfect for informal hedges, while its flowers can be used in arrangements and scented sachets.

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Grow Lavender From Seed

Plant lavender seeds between February and July atop damp compost. Lightly cover the seeds with vermiculite or sifted compost. Keep the seed tray in a propagator at temperatures between 21-25°C (70-75°F) or enclose it in a clear polythene bag. Germination can take up to 21 days.

Keep in a warm spot for germination.

What Lavender Needs

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Watering: Water lavender often in its first year until established. Position: Lavender prefers full sun in drain-free soil. Pruning: Cut Lavender down in late summer to prevent woody plants.

Growing Lavender Across the Season

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Prune away any frost-damaged foliage in early spring before the growing season.

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In late summer cut back lavender before autumn begins.

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Raise potted plants to prevent water-logging over the wetter and colder months.

Lavender S.O.S.

The primary reason your lavender isn't flowering might be plant stress or lack of sunlight. Review your watering routine, assess the soil condition, and look for any diseases. Additionally, take into account the lavender variety and the age of the plant. If the plant is woody, it will not flower and it is best to cut back in late summer to the ground for fresh spring growth.

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Keep pruning lavender in spring and late summer.

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