This beautiful plant is highly sought by florists, herbalists and culinary people because of their wonderful scent and feel good herb properties. If you’re really serious in growing them commercially, you can make a lot of money.
Lavender belongs to the same herb family as mint, but it is not that easy to grow. You need to remember that they are a bit particular with their growing needs. But growing lavender can be very rewarding, especially if you grow them in pots the right way. Provide them with an alkaline soil with a very good drainage and place them where they can get plenty of sunlight and good air circulation. In just a couple of months, you will be enjoying its fragrant flowers. They are hardy and if properly cared for, they can live for around ten years.
To start with, you will need a large pot, around 12 to 16 inches deep, as lavender can grow can grow into a small shrub. Put an inch of gravel or pebbles before putting in the potting soil for a faster drainage. Add a tablespoon of lime if the soil is acidic and some organic compost. Mix your potting soil well and fill the container, leaving about an inch of the rim. Place a single plant cutting in the center of the pot covering it with the soil just an inch above the soil line.
To keep your plant stem dry and prevent them from rotting after watering they need to have good air circulation and this is where mulching can help. Provide at least two inches of mulch around without touching the plant.
Find a spot where your plant can get at least 8 hours of full sunlight every day. Keep them away from shaded areas as this will affect the plant growth as well as its fragrance.
Before watering, check first the soil under the mulch with your finger. It’s dry to touch, douse the plant well until you see the water flowing out the bottom of the pot.
Most lavender variety can be planted in containers making them easy to manage. The following I believe are the best lavender variety to grow:
French Lavender – They can be grown as annuals and they love the warm and temperate climate. They produce big buds that smell like rosemary.
Spanish Lavender – This variety has flower petals that grows on top of flower pod. They grow as annuals and are best used as dried- flower.
English Lavender – The best known and widely grown variety because of its fragrance and flavoring properties. They grow as perennial in warm and dry areas.
Keep in mind that regular pruning will prolong the life of your plant. Have fun gardening.
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