Growing Lavender – Not everybody knows how to make it blossom
The Lavender is the flower which symbolizes the passionate and loyal love gets a deep appreciation from nature lovers all over the world. By its great scent as well as amazing effects on life, many people fancy at first sight.
Having said that it is entirely challenging to plant this flower in some countries owing to the weather condition. Consequently, on the market, Lavender is to trade at a high price. In days gone by, the fact has prevented individuals from enjoying its beauty.
However, it is just an old story. By force of agricultural betterment, making Lavender’s blossom has never been easy as it is now. The article will offer the way to reaching a bumper harvest step by step.
Knowledge in need before execution
It is impossible for you to grow any plant without the understanding of the target. And Lavender is also not out of the trend.
The Lavender with another name of Lavandula belongs to the Lamiaceae family. Human first found out such piece in the Mediterranean, East Africa, Southwest Asia and Southeast India.
This flower is in light violet during the raw state, and the color turns to the dark purple. With the characteristic of the small shrub, Lavenders grow well if planters apply the roadside or bed-form plantation.
Depending on the places, Lavender flowers scent different aromas. For instance, the smell of flowers in the United Stated is usually fragrant while others in France own the strong scent.
In ancient Europe, everybody considered Lavender as herbs for healing. They believed that lavender bath could protect human from the flu and increase the resistance. Moreover, this plant is in use as an antiseptic efficiently regardless of any side effects.
Besides, Lavender is a good anti-dampness for the household items. It has a capacity of barrier lice from invading clothes.
What is the suitable time and condition for Lavender growth?
By studies, it takes from three weeks to one month to make Lavender in bloom. Therefore, gardeners begin planting in the period between autumn and winter so that they will see the blossom when spring comes.
Being a light-loving plant, it requires a lot of sunlight and proper humidity. The best temperature is 15˚C to 25 ˚C
Growing lavender properly in the process
A lot of gardeners give up right after they are engaged in trying Lavender. But it is just the case for unsuitable methods. Unless they grow this flower in the proper technique, the blossom will be visible in a brief time.
Step 1: Selecting seeds and soil
There are many types of lavender (about 39 varieties), you can choose according to conditions, interests, and purposes. It is nice to pick one among masses so that it can adapt quickly to the climate of planting places.
After buying the seeds, you put them in a small pot and soak for 12 hours. Consequently, water can penetrate through the flower's thick crust and help plants to grow faster.
Lavender prefers the porous soils but not too wet. So, it will be more practical if you take use of the neutral or alkaline sandy soil. In a case of the heavier soil, namely, clay as well as clay loam, the plant is prone to stand in a short life and become woody.
However, if you cannot search for other soil, experience gardeners suggest you add some organic compound and gravel for a better drainage.
The suitable space among cultivars in the ground is also essential. It is 90cm in general, 30cm in a hedge and 45cm for larger plants.
Step 2: Watering
It is true that watering in the morning will help plants avoid sunlight which is the cause leading the leaf splitting and pests as well as diseases reproduction. Lavender features the capability of withstanding the harshness and less nutrition in need. Nonetheless, for productivity, gardeners must fertilize plants every three months.
In the process of planting Lavender, from sowing until sprouting has started to germinate, proper care is the priority. To keep the soil moist, you should water about twice a day but do not over-irrigate because the lavender plants do not like the wet environment.
Step 3: Transferring the seedlings to pots
After a period of cultivation, when the lavender seedlings are about 5-10 cm in length, you should divide the seedlings into many different containers to create a favorable environment for the plant to develop entirely. For transferring, it is necessary to be careful, gentle to avoid affecting the new roots of young plants.
The favorable size of pot ranges from 30 to 40cm in diameter. It is spacious enough for the plant to grow and for you to take care. Furthermore, some pots of Lavender like that in conjunction with other plants will bring you an awesome mini-greenhouse.
Step 4: Pruning
After harvesting or after one year, it is time to prune Lavender to make the plants grow well in the next round. In cold areas, gardeners should pay attention to executing this step in the winter.
For completion, the secateurs need to be in use so that there are no adverse effects on growing cultivars. The length of the cut piece is about 2.5cm. And this size can be longer if necessary.
Check the video below to have an explicit instruction.
Step 5: Taking some notes
If you put the flowers near the window when the plants are flowering, you turn the pots every day so that the light can come in all directions, and the flowerpot will grow evenly and beautifully.
Another tip is to replace the pot once a year and the latter is about 3cm larger than the former.
From now on, nothing can prevent you from growing Lavender anymore. You just need to follow steps mentioned above, in one day, the beautiful purple Lavender will make your house brilliantly colored.
In addition to Lavender, a broad range of plant is waiting for you to grow. Why don’t you try to relax with a gardening idea?