Lavender, with its many virtues, has become a very popular crop cultivated not only on an industrial scale, but also in garden plots.
In France, endless lavender fields have long surprised no one, but in other European countries it is rare to find a private garden where these lovely plants do not grow. Therefore, I would also like to tell the inhabitants of our middle zone that planting lavender is not at all difficult, and the beauty of these plants is worth it.
Lavender belongs to the perennials of the labiate family and is completely unpretentious in cultivation. This plant shows remarkable endurance due to its mountainous origin. A well-drained soil rich in lime and a warm and well-lit spot in your garden is essential for the growth of lavender.
You can propagate lavender in 2 ways: by dividing the rhizome of a bush or by seeds. Planting lavender seeds is a more time-consuming process. as early as January, the seeds must be placed in the soil and the containers must be removed to a cold place for a month. After this cold period, the containers are transferred to a warm place and the seeds are germinated.
The resulting seedlings are transplanted into the ground only in June, when frosts are absolutely excluded. In the first year of the life of the bush, lavender will delight you with flowering. But there is a subtlety here too - flowers should be cut off from one-year-old plants so that the plant's strength is not wasted on flowering, but on better rooting.
The climate of our strip is quite unpredictable, therefore, for the winter, lavender bushes should be cut to the lignified part of the stems and covered.