Lavender plants indoors

gardening lavenderBotanical Name: Lavandula species

If you've ever wondered how to grow lavender plant, you'll be surprised how easy it is. All lavender varieties prefer full sun and a sandy, well-drained soil. Lavender grows well in a container indoors and out.

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Dried lavender flower buds are one of the ingredients in herbes de Provence, a popular herb mix used for cooking.

Uses of lavender. Lavender's intoxicating fragrance has made this herb a favorite for perfumes and lavender sachets for centuries. Pure lavender oil is used in aromatherapy products such as candles, pot pourri and soaps. Its soothing scent has a relaxing effect. Lavender crafts such as wreaths or other dried flower arrangements are cherished for their aroma as much as their beauty.

The most common variety is English lavender (L. angustifolia). It has tall spikes of violet flowers and offers several popular cultivars.

L. x intermedia are hybrids of L. angustifolia and L. latifolia, featuring violet-blue flowers. 'Twickle Purple' is a beautiful, dark-purple cultivar.

French lavender (L. dentata) has finely toothed, grayish-green foliage and pale purple blooms.

Spanish lavender (L. stoechas), shown here, is a species featuring short, thick spikes of deep violet flowers topped with long bracts.

Lavender Plant Care

There's no trick to learn how to grow lavender. However, growing lavender plant indoors can be a challenge if you don't have a sunny spot for it.

Native to the Mediterranean, this sun-loving herb needs as much direct light as possible. It can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, so moving it outdoors for the summer may be your best option. Don't worry about putting it on a hot porch or patio -- it can take the heat. Just bring it back indoors for the winter. Most lavender varieties are not cold-hardy.

how to grow lavender, growing lavender plant, lavender plant carePruning lavender will keep the plant compact. Cut the plant back by half after the flowering season is over.

Lavender harvesting tip: If you want to preserve the plant for drying, gather lavender just after the flowers open. Cut flower stems at the base.

Countless varieties are available, but the basics for how to grow lavender are the same for all. Provide plenty of sunshine and keep the soil on the dry side.

How to Grow Lavender Indoors

Origin: Mediterranean

Height: 1-3 ft (30-90 cm), depending on variety

Light: Full sun. Turn plant for even growth because it will tend to grow toward the light source. Growing lavender plant outdoors in the warm months will give it the light it needs.

Water: Water thoroughly spring through fall, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. In winter, water sparingly.

Humidity: Average room humidity.

Temperature: Average room temperatures 60-75°F/16-24°C. English lavender (L. angustifolia) is cold hardy to USDA Zone 5. Other lavender varieties are not cold-hardy. They do, however, make excellent container plants and can be brought indoors for the winter.

Soil: Use a well-drained potting mix such as 2 parts all-purpose potting mix and 1 part sand. Lavender doesn't like heavy, poorly drained soil, which can cause root rot.

Oh, T, it's SO easy and not very expensive and

2006-05-31 20:56:40 by HopelessTease

So rewarding!
Herbs actually do better indoors, if you have a very sunny spot for them.
I'm restricted to all containers, but, that doesn't really limit me all that much.
I'm definitely going to get a couple of gardenia plants, because I really, really miss my gardenia bush from my old house!
There, I planted a garden that was based on scent - rosemary, heliotrope, lavender, freesia. I will do something similar for my balcony. I am envisioning a sort of Balinese, very green sort of Cool Retreat.

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