One of my favorable plants is lavender. This plant has a vibrant purple flower.The flowers can come in a light blue to a deep purple color. They are full of medicinally active compounds. At our house, lavender can helping us to keep our home and its occupants safe, clean, and comfortable. Rich with antimicrobial essential oil, lavender helps to naturally clean and refresh the home.
The Uses of Lavender are many. You can use it for:
-The antioxidant components in it can impact the endocrine system to lower the levels of stress hormones in the body.
– Improves sleep by treating insomnia.This is closely linked to the flower’s impact on the nervous system, and can also help clear your mind of negative thoughts.
– Restores skin complexion and reduces acne,
-The relaxing qualities of lavender, which come from its organic compounds and antioxidants, also help the heart by reducing blood pressure and easing the tension on blood vessels.
Lavender can grow from seeds or cuttings and growing from cuttings is a fast way. If you haven’t lavender cuttings you can planting lavender seeds which you should place in a warm location with a very light soil mix that drains quickly. When your lavender plants have leaves, you can plant them in their final pots.
The container where you decide to plant lavender need to be made from a material that breathes such as terra-cotta. For full blooming and growth potential you need to repot it in a larger container every spring. Lavender plant needs sunlight at least 8 hours a day.
THE BEST POTTING MIX IS 60 percent peat moss with 40 percent perlite, with a couple of handfuls of homemade compost thrown in.
If you don’t add compost when you pot, you’ll need to fertilize every three weeks or so with a diluted fish or seaweed emulsion.
Once your lavender is settled into its final location, it will likely grow slowly in the first year, but most plants will still bloom. The greater growth will be the next year. Harvest stems when you see the first couple of blossoms have opened.You need to avoid mildew by harvesting on a dry, sunny day after the dew has dried but before the sun is blazing.Cut each stem back to the first set of leaves. Hang them upside down in a dry, cool, place out of direct sun. They’ll be ready to use in about a month. If you enjoy fresh lavender in the house just cut them, place them in a vase, bottle, basket without water and enjoy. They will dry on their own.
Prune the lavender once a year. Pruning will help the plant grow full and rounded and deter sprawling, which can cause the main stems to split and break.
A lavender likes southwestern exposure and protection from winter wind.