The Best Methods Of Growing Lavender Plant Varieties

Lavender grows wild in the Mediterranean because of the climate and sunny skies.  As long as lavender has sun to enjoy it does not mind having less than ideal soil conditions. In fact, in its natural habitat it tends to grow in soil that is rocky and dry.  It loves these conditions but will tolerate just about any type of soil and it will also tolerate wet weather as long as the roots stay drained.  Lavender grows just about anywhere on the earth. It is grown as a cash crop in France to make perfumes and in England, where it is generally gloomy and wet, it happily grows in gardens.  England is a far cry from the Mediterranean in climate yet the plant still allows us to enjoy its beautiful scent all over the world.  The best ways of growing lavender plant varieties is not hard at all.

Lavender grows faster and more successfully when the weather is warm and sunny.  There are varieties of this plant that do not do well in cold climates so make sure if you live in a zone where the weather gets cold to look for a variety that is more winter hardy. Most of the time these hardy types of lavender will go dormant during the winter and once spring comes you will see it start to turn green rather quickly.  Lavender does not need to be tended to.  Just plant it and let it go.  It only needs to be pruned occasionally and even if you do not snip the flowers when they die back the plant will still produce more.

The only condition that will certainly harm lavender is to have its roots too wet.  Always plant lavender in an area where the soil drains well and quickly.  If you see puddles around the roots you should probably move the plants somewhere else.  It also does not appreciate crowding in a humid climate.  It does not mind humidity but space the plants with an empty spot the size of a full grown plant between.  If you do not the leaves may be afflicted with mold.  In the winter it is wise to put mulch over the roots and tie the plant up with burlap to protect it from any cold windy weather.

Growing lavender from seed is not an option for a normal gardener.  The grow rate is bad with seeds and it takes forever to get a plant that you can feel safe enough to put in the garden.  Just go to the nursery and purchase a ready grown lavender plant.  You will notice that lavender plants have a rather large root system sometimes being a bit bigger than the growing plant.  This is not unusual for lavender but it does require that a large hole be dug that will accommodate the size of the root.  You should drop some bone meal and some manure into the hole then spread the roots out a little and plant it in the hole.

Plants that have been over wintered will start to get green and actually put forth flowers early in the spring once the weather gets warm.  You will get a great deal more flowers if you cut the spring growth back.  Some types of lavender produce very long stems up to a foot long while others may only have a tiny stem of about three inches.  Some lavender plants have flowers that come in white or blue but most are different hues of purple.

Both the flowers and leaves have lavender scent.  You can cut a long stemmed plant to the end of the stem and the short stem varieties can be cut to the new growth on the plant. You can cut the entire plant back about one third of its height.  You can air dry the flower by hanging them upside down in a dry area in bunches and the leaves can be dried in a basket or paper bag.  If you notice an area that is not greening up on an established plant wait until the middle of June before you cut it out.  If it does not look better by then get rid of the area.  Flowers can be cut at any time during the spring and summer and you can prune the plants in the spring and around August.  This will give the lavender plant a little time to gain energy before it gets hit with the cold of winter.

Not only can lavender grow in the ground but it is suitable to grow in containers.  This is helpful for gardeners that may live in an area that does not get full sun all day.  You can move the container around to get optimal sunshine.  The roots of lavender are long and there are a lot of them but they love to be contained.  This makes the plant grow happy as long as the roots stay dry.  When you put lavender in a pot get one that is a few inches larger than the root ball.  Place gravel for good drainage in the bottom of the pot and water it when the soil feels very dry.

There are hardy lavender varieties and ones that are not suitable for cold weather and hard conditions.  There are some types of lavender that have a stronger scent than others. Lavender can be woven into wreaths or the oil can be extracted in order to make perfume. Lavender can grow into hedges in some climates and make great borders for the garden. Make sure you get the variety of lavender that will be the best for you and what you want to do with it.  If you just want it to look pretty in your garden that is fine, but there are so many things you can do with this herb you will want to try all of them.