In this article, we’ll teach you how to care for lavender and keep it healthy for a long time. You will see that with simple tips, you will always have your little plant happy and well taken care of.
The lavender is an aromatic and versatile plant that can be grown in pots or gardens. In addition to being an ornamental plant, lavender has several uses, such as perfuming clothes and environments, seasoning dishes, among others.
How to care for lavender: Sun-loving plants and calcareous soils
Lavenders are plants that like sun and calcareous, well-drained soils. They are easy to grow and can be found in different species such as Lavandula dentata. In nurseries and landscaping stores, you can buy lavender seedlings and choose the species that best suits your garden or pot.
You can grow them in small pots or transplant them into a larger pot or garden. If you want a lavender bed, opt for more developed seedlings and give them room to grow.
How to have an aromatic and beautiful lavender every year
Lavenders are ornamental and very aromatic plants that love sun, calcareous soils and well-drained soil. They are easy to care for and are popular in gardens or in pots at home. In Brazil, lavender blooms all year round, making it possible to always have its scent close by.
Buy the right seedlings for your garden
In nurseries and landscaping stores, you can find seedlings of Lavandula dentata, and other species, depending on availability. Buy the most developed seedlings to have a beautiful garden bed or transplant them into a large pot. Remember to give the lavenders room to grow as they can reach quite a height.
How to care for lavender to keep it aromatic and beautiful
Water the new seedlings daily, but avoid waterlogging. After a few days, just water them every other day or once a week, depending on the humidity in the air. Use organic compost and fertilize twice a year to keep the lavender healthy and fragrant.
Pruning for lush growth
Lavender needs regular pruning to look its best. Cut the branches below the third bifurcation, giving the plant a rounded shape. This pruning will help ensure lush flowering next season. Remove the dried flowers regularly and use them for perfuming or seasoning.
Replanting for lavender renewal
To replant your lavender, prepare a vase with well-aerated and fertilized soil and cover with substrate to maintain humidity. Carefully remove the lavender, along with some soil, and place it in the prepared pot. Add 150g of dolomitic limestone to help maintain an alkaline pH, similar to the Mediterranean soil where lavender comes from.
How to successfully make lavender seedlings
To make lavender seedlings, simply cut cuttings from the tips of the strongest branches, avoiding the woody branches at the base. Then remove the leaves from the base of the cuttings and plant them in well-aerated and fertilized land. It is important to add limestone to the soil, at a rate of 150 g per seedling, to help raise the pH of the soil. Lavender grows best in soil with a pH between 6 and 8. Limestone should be mixed into the soil a week before planting the seedlings. Also add 50 g of phosphorus per hole. After the seedling is consolidated, it is recommended to add a little nitrogen (50 g) to help with flowering.
Care in the initial phase of the lavender seedling
In the first few weeks after planting the seedlings, it is important to keep them in the shade most of the time and water them frequently, without leaving the soil soggy. Thus, the seedlings will have the ideal conditions to develop correctly and reach exuberant flowering.
How to care for lavender in a vase
If you have little space to grow a lavender, don’t worry, it can also be grown in pots! To ensure your lavender is always healthy and blooming, follow these tips:
- Choose a pot that has drainage holes in the bottom to avoid water pooling and prevent root rot.
- Choose a well-draining substrate and add a little limestone to the soil to keep the pH high, just like in soil cultivation.
- Choose a sunny spot with good air circulation to place the pot. Lavender needs a lot of sun to bloom well, as well as protect the lavender from excessive cold during the winter.
- Water frequently, avoiding soaking the soil. If the temperature is high, daily watering may be required.
- Add organic fertilizer twice a year, following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Cut dried flowers and leaves in early spring to encourage flowering.
- If you need to transplant the lavender into a larger pot, carefully remove the plant, keeping most of the soil, and plant it in the new pot with well-aerated, fertilized soil.
With these tips, your lavender in the vase will be a success and will be able to be enjoyed for a long time!
Additional tips and tricks for successful lavender care
- Try growing lavender in several pots to create a fragrant and colorful space on your balcony or terrace.
- Lavender is an attractive plant for butterflies and bees, so it’s a great choice for ordinary gardens.
- Lavender is a pest and disease resistant plant, but it’s important to check periodically for signs of trouble and treat them quickly.
- For a more intense lavender scent, pick the dried flowers and use them to make scent or essential oil bags.
- Lavender is a versatile plant and can be used in various floral arrangements and garden decorations.
With these additional tips and tricks, you will be well prepared to successfully grow lavender and enjoy its beautiful flowers and gentle aroma in your home. Remember to follow the instructions in this guide and give your lavender the proper care, and you’ll have a healthy, flourishing plant.
Lavender is an aromatic, ornamental and resistant plant that can be grown in pots or in the garden. To guarantee the success of the cultivation, it is essential to follow the recommendations for sun, calcareous soil, well-drained soil, regular watering and organic fertilization. Regular pruning of lavender is also important to keep it beautiful and healthy. In addition, the correct preparation of the soil and the seedlings is fundamental for the success in the cultivation of this wonderful plant, which can be appreciated nearby due to its fragrance and beauty.