Planting and growing lavender in your home can really sound intimidating and time consuming. We are going to help and convince you that this stress, anxiety and headache reducing plant should be part of your home at any time.
Being one of the most well-known and widely used herb in the world, lavender needs only a little bit of your care and attention, and in return it will create your bedroom in a magic, spa-like, purple fantasy.
Growing lavender indoors
From all of the different kinds of lavender, one of the most enduring and most commonly planted choices is the English Lavender.
You can find this herb as a seed, or as a young plant in a nursery or gardening center.
Following are some of the varieties of English Lavender that you can consider:
Hidcote: This variety is known as one of the most aromatic varieties of lavender. It is taller and wider than other kinds with grayer leaves and fascinating deep purple color.
Munstead: Having high heat and cold tolerance makes it ideal for indoor growing. It has green leaves and bluish flowers.
Mini blue: This is the smallest one, which makes it great for small flower pots. It yields many flowers making it perfect for filling your space with life.
Coming from the dry Mediterranean coast, Lavender loves 8 hours of full sun, followed with great drainage and air circulation.
With this being said, it is really important to plant the lavender in bigger flowerpot with a drainage whole and loose gravel at the bottom. This will insure air flow to the roots keeping them from rooting. It is also recommended to let the soil dry out between watering.
When it comes to the soil, even though it will tolerate regular potting soil, lavender prefers a mix of peat, vermiculite and perlite.
Being a semi-shrub, lavender requires pruning at least once in a year. Getting to much woody will kill the plant. This requires you to pinch off the tips of the new plant and after it blooms thus encouraging new shoots and shape.
After one and a half year start pruning the plant by cutting 2/3 thirds of the plant down.
Keep in mind
When in bloom, lavender can smell very strong which can lead to headaches among people with sensitive sense of smell.
Have in mind that lavender is toxic for both cats and dogs, so make sure to be out of their reach.
Source: Daily Health Post