Lavender is a fragrant flowering plant that is native to the Mediterranean region. It is known for its beautiful purple flowers and soothing scent, making it a popular choice for gardens, borders, and containers.
Lavender has narrow, silvery-green leaves and produces long, fragrant spikes of purple flowers in the summer months. The plant can grow up to 2-3 feet tall and has a compact growth habit.
Lavender plants prefer full sun and well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0-8.0. They should be watered sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between watering. Lavender plants can also benefit from occasional fertilization with a balanced fertilizer.
Plant lavender in the spring or fall in a location with full sun and well-draining soil. Space plants 12-18 inches apart and plant at a depth of 1-2 inches. Mulch around the base of the plants to help retain moisture.
Water lavender sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between watering. Fertilize once in the spring with a balanced fertilizer.
Prune lavender regularly to promote bushy growth and prevent it from becoming leggy. Prune back the plants by 1/3 in the spring after the last frost date in your area.
Harvest lavender when the flowers are fully open but before they begin to fade. The flowers can be used in a range of culinary and medicinal applications, as well as for their fragrant aroma.
Store harvested lavender flowers in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. The flowers can also be dried and used for their fragrance in potpourri or sachets.
Lavender plants can be prone to root rot if overwatered. To prevent this, allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering and avoid overwatering. Lavender can also be susceptible to pests such as spider mites and aphids.
Lavender is a popular ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products, and is believed to have calming and relaxing properties. It is also a popular ingredient in cooking, particularly in Mediterranean cuisine.