Growing Lavender

Growing Lavender

Phenomenal Lavender

Phenomenal Lavender item #12989

Perennial herbs with grey-green, fragrant foliage with a perfumed scent. There are a number of species of Lavender, including both hardy and tender types. Provence Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia) is a hybrid variety hardy in zones 5 to 9 with strongly fragrant foliage used for essential oil production, potpourri, bath sachets, and as a culinary herb. Provence is somewhat tolerant of wet soils. Ellagance Lavender is a newer, first year flowering seed variety usually grown as an ornamental and hardy in zones 5 to 9. Although most commonly grown as an ornamental or used for scenting potpourri and soaps in the US, Lavender can also be used as a culinary herb. The buds and flowers are used to flavor drinks, jellies, and desserts or can be used to infuse cream or sugar. The flowers are also edible as a garnish, in salads, or in desserts. Butterflies are attracted to Lavender flowers. Transplant Lavender plants outdoors after the last frost in spring. Ellagance can be started from seed by sowing directly in the garden after frost danger has passed or indoors 8 to 12 weeks earlier. Somewhat challenging to germinate, seed should be left uncovered or only lightly covered as light promotes sprouting. Seed can be put in plastic bags between moist (but not wet) paper towels in a refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks before sowing.

Maintenance

For full sun to light shade, and requires well-drained soil, especially in winter. Plants are drought-tolerant once established. Can be pruned to shape plants into a hedge or keep them compact. Creating raised beds and adding organic matter to soils helps improve drainage.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Sea Magic Seaweed Fertilizer (51150).

Alternative Products

Other strongly fragrant herbs include Anise Hyssop (02418), Basil Cinnamon (02366), and Lemon Balm (02425). 

Complimentary Products

Has low fertility requirements and benefits from occasional fertilization. Lavender is an attractive ornamental and combines well with plants with attractive flowers or foliage. 

Lavender Facts

Usually not affected by pests or diseases, but roots may rot if grown in poorly-drained or wet soils. Four-lined plant bug and leaf spot sometimes affect plants. Lavender has been grown for at least 2,500 years. 

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