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Lavender English

For many people, this is the quintessential herb: it smells good, looks good, and does good. It has been famous for centuries for its sweet soothing lasting fragrance. Flowers used dried in sachets, potpourri, wreaths and arrangements, and as a tea for headache or exhaustion. Hardy perennial, woody shrub-like plant with grey-green needle-like foliage and lavender flowers growing on long-stemmed spikes. For best effect plant it by doors and paths, where it’s delightful scent can be fully appreciated. Attracts small pollinating creatures. Lovely in borders.

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Days to Germinate 14-28

Germination Temperature 18-25 °C

Sowing Depth Pat down gently, requires light for germination

Sowing Method Direct sow, transplant recommended

Sowing Media Well-drained alkaline sand

Water Moderately depending upon the soil and climatic conditions – keep the soil moist but not too wet

Sun Prefers full sun

Notes Light is needed for germination so do not bury the seeds too deep. Germination can be slow and irregular – do not be hasty in discarding the sowing pots. It may take up to 90 days for the seeds to germinate which can be improved by stratifying (pre-chilling) seed; place seeds in moist soil or very light mix of vermiculite and compost and refrigerate for 3-6 weeks and then sow in light. The seedlings will take a while to look like lavender. Make sure they get sufficient water, but do not let them stay damp. Needs a lot of sunlight. Transplant 1 to 2 ft. apart when the small plants have several sets of leaves. Growth will be slow the first year. Will produce flowering stems that can be cut for sturdier plants that will give splendid bloom in the next year. Wet conditions and high humidity kill Lavenders. They adapt to most soils, except heavy and wet ones, and will tolerate semi-shade. Suited for container growing.

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