Lavender: cultivation and maintenance tips

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Lavender evokes summer, the Mediterranean but also its wonderful fragrance.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name : Lavandula
Family : Lamiaceae
Type : Shrub, sub-shrub

: 20 to 80 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Soil : Ordinary, well-drained

: Evergreen – Flowering : Summer

  • Benefits and virtues of lavender
  • Properly prune the lavender
  • Lavender, an invitation to summer

Planting, maintenance, pruning contribute to the flowering and growth of lavender .

Planting lavender

Lavender grows everywhere in France and in countries with similar climates provided they benefit from maximum sunshine.

  • It is recommended to plant in the fall , but you can easily plant it in the spring .
  • Reserve a sunny location and well-drained soil . If your soil is very clayey, mix it with sand to lighten it.
  • Follow our planting tips .

It sometimes happens that we see lavenders that die after a few weeks because the soil is too wet, which is why it is imperative to have very well-drained soil.

To create a lavender hedge , plant one foot every 30 to 40 cm. (Photo credit: hcast)

Potted lavender:

Growing lavender in pots is quite possible.

This is a great idea for anyone with a patio and balcony as it will embellish that space.

In pots, avoid situations that are too hot because the soil dries out quickly.

  • Use potting soil for flowering plants.
  • It should be watered as soon as the soil is dry on the surface.

Lavender care

Lavender pruning is possible but should only be done on wood that still has foliage .

If you prune on dry wood, it won’t grow back…

  • At the end of winter , prune as you wish, respecting the rounded shape of the plant.
    However, avoid attacking old wood because it develops very few young shoots.
    Therefore prefer a size of wood that is still soft rather than hard wood.
  • If the climate in your area is mild in winter , you can also prune your lavender in the fall .
  • After flowering , cut the flower stalks so as not to exhaust the lavender unnecessarily.

Lavender flowers, once cut, are an excellent way to embalm laundry…

Lavender watering:

Lavender needs to be watered at first but should normally be able to grow without watering afterwards.

Lavender fears excess humidity and must therefore be watered sparingly so as not to suffocate the roots.

  • Water after planting when the soil is dry on the surface.
  • Once well established, lavender no longer requires watering.
  • In pots, watering is more frequent.

Lavender pruning:

Strongly recommended each year, pruning the lavender keeps the lavender compact and promotes flowering.

  • To read about pruning: prune lavender well

Conservation of lavender

Lavender can be stored for months or even years if kept in a dry place away from direct sunlight .

  • The ideal is to hang the flower spikes in small bouquets to dry them before storing them.
  • Our grandmothers made small cotton bags filled with lavender to scent the laundry in the cupboards

In addition to keeping well, lavender is full of health benefits and virtues.

All you need to know about lavender

Lavender has been cultivated for millennia for its scent but also for its medicinal properties.

Originally from the Mediterranean basin, lavender was first used by the Romans to preserve linen and to perfume baths.

It was also very quickly used in Provence for the composition of perfumes but also of medicines for its benefits and virtues of lavender .

Very pretty plant, this under-shrub symbolizes Provence , the Mediterranean scent and the sun.

It is used naturally in the composition of perfumes and essential oils , especially in the Grasse region.

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