Lavender, or Lavendula seeds, require a pre-chill treatment prior to germination. Mix the seeds with moistened growing medium, place in a plastic bag, and refrigerate for 4-6 weeks. Then remove the seeds and sow on the surface of moistened peat moss, barely covering with additional peat. Place plastic wrap over the trays or pots to help hold in moisture. Seeds will germinate in 21-90 days when kept at 55F-65F degrees. As soon as seedlings appear remove the plastic wrap and place the plants under a source of light.
There are numerous species and varieties of
lavender (Lavandula). Each type has a slightly different appearance
and growth habit. Some are upright, some are sprawling, and sometimes the
flowers are a slightly different hue. There are many cultivars of
lavender, but the sweetest smelling is English Lavender. It's a branching
sub-shrub, growing to about 3' tall, with 6"-8" flower spikes.
Lavender grows quickly to its maximum height and established plants can be
divided in the spring, taking roots with stems attached and replanting to
increase your stock of plants. Lavender doesn't need a great deal of care, but
you can feed in early spring with a 5-10-10 fertilizer. These flowers grow best
in full sun. If given too much shade, the growth will be thin and flowers
will be sparse. For best performance, give your lavender all day sunshine.
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