Narrow-leaved lavender from seeds - give yourself a lavender field!
The Mediterranean style in the garden perfectly embodies the narrow-leaved lavender. Many gardeners would not just like to add this plant to their flower garden, but even plant their own lavender field. But lavender seedlings are quite expensive, and a lot of lavender for most remains a pipe dream. Try to grow this spicy plant from seeds. In this article we will talk about the features of seed propagation of narrow-leaved lavender and its best varieties.
The use of lavender in garden design, interior design, medicine and cooking
Lavender is an evergreen shrub with thin leaves and flowers collected in spike-shaped inflorescences of a purple hue (blooms from June to August with blue, purple or lilac flowers).
The plant has a strong spicy smell and spicy-tart taste. Compact bushes grow up to 40-50 cm, and some varieties up to 70 cm. It can decorate any garden, make it a real paradise in which it will be a pleasure to relax.
Lavender in the landscape design of the garden can be used in various variations:
- A good place for her is borders and places near fences;
- Sunny open balconies, terraces and verandas;
- Rock gardens and rockeries, which imitate the mountainous terrain;
- Roses are good neighbors for lavender. The smell of lavender will protect the planting of roses from ants and aphids;
- The cereal duo will add volume to the space.
Dry lavender bouquets will decorate any interior. The flowers and leaves of the plant are used for fragrant sachets and for baths. A bath with lavender broth will help relieve nervous tension and relax muscles.
In cooking, the spice is suitable for flavoring pastries, cold and hot drinks, for preparing marinades for meat dishes.
Lavender can be propagated by cuttings, layering and seeds. The most budgetary way to get lavender in your garden is to grow it from seeds.
Growing lavender from seeds
Lavender seeds are tightly similar. When growing lavender, certain conditions must be observed: seeds require stratification for 30-40 days at a temperature of +4 ° C.
To do this, put them in a container with moistened soil, then in a plastic bag and store it in the bottom of the refrigerator for the entire period.
Then the seeds are germinated at a temperature of about + 16 ... + 18 ° C in a mini-greenhouse, while maintaining a small soil moisture. When sprouts with a pair of leaves appear, seedlings dive.
At the end of May, you can plant grown seedlings in a permanent place. In the northern regions, this can be done in June.
The second method of seed propagation of lavender - sowing seeds immediately into the ground before winter. The best time to plant lavender in the open ground is October. Sow seeds to a depth of 3-4 mm, slightly compacting the soil. If the weather is dry, the crops are watered, but not abundantly.
Shoots should appear in late May or early June. It is possible to grow lavender in a non-seedling way only in the southern regions.
Please note that the roots of lavender can reach up to two meters, if the groundwater is close to your site, you can plant the plant on artificial embankments with a layer of drainage, since excess moisture will not allow the plant to develop.
Lavender grows on poor soils, does not tolerate acidic soils and waterlogging.
At the first wintering, young bushes mulch. In subsequent years, shelter is not required. This measure allows you to get leaf growth on old shoots in spring.
During flowering, lavender needs mineral fertilizing, especially responds to potash fertilizers. After flowering, the bushes must be trimmed.
In spring, lavender comes to life late, it may even seem that she died. Do not worry, wait until the young green leaves appear. And then lavender will thank you for your patience with lush flowering and delicate aroma.
The best seeds of narrow-leaved lavender
High-quality, narrow-leaved, high-germination lavender seeds can be found in the Agroespech and Darit lines. The southerner is produced in Russia, and the narrow-leaved lavender Provence of the Darit brand is from the European producer of flower seeds and herbs.
Buy high-quality narrow-leaved lavender seeds - give yourself a lavender field!