Maybe, lavender is one of the most popular and frequently used herbs throughout the world.
This plant has amazing foliage and fragrant flowers.
But, by growing it, the magic of lavender fields can be actually brought into your garden and home.
Lavender can be used for relieving headaches, reducing stress, and fighting anxiety. In addition, this plant should be placed in the bedroom to improve sleep quality.
How to Grow Lavender Indoors
English Lavender is the most frequently grown as well as one of the hardiest choices among all the different types of lavender.
It can be found as a young plant or a seed in a nursery or gardening center. It is known as L. vera or L. Officinalis.
English Lavender have several varieties, including:
- Munstead: This lavender type is compact, which is a perfect choice for indoor growing. Moreover, its leaves are bright green and has bluish flowers. To be more specific, it tolerates high heat, and there are also some hybrid varieties that are cold resistant.
- Hidcote: Unlike Munstead, it is a smallish variety, which is a little taller and wider. The leaves of this plant are grayer, whereas the flowers have an amzing deep purple color.
- It is a fact that this is one of the most aromatic lavender varieties, which can easily fill an entire room with its extraordinary scent.
- Imperial Gem: It has bright silver leaves and stout purple flowers, so that this variety is an incredible option as a bouquet or a centerpiece on a table.
- Twickel Purple: It has a green or gray foliage, long purple flowers, and powerful, bright scent.
- Mini Blue: This lavender variety is one of the smallest, which is an excellent alternative for small rectangular flower pots. This plant also yields many flowers, and therefore it’s an ideal option for brightening up the space and filling it with life.
Lavender originates from the dry Mediterranean coast.
This plant requires 8 hours of full sun, good drainage and great air circulation. If it is matured, this plant can also tolerate drought.
You its foliage does not tolerate wetting, so the soil should dry out between watering and only watering the plant at its base.
Use a large flowerpot to plant lavender. The flowerpot should have a drainage hole as well as plenty of loose gravel at its bottom in order to improve air flow to the roots of the plant and keep them from rotting.
When it comes to the soil, lavender loves a mix of perlite, vermiculite, and peat, but it tolerates common potting soil. By placing mulch at the base of the plant you should spoil it to make a barrier between its freshly watered soil and foliage.
This lovely plant doesn’t actually need a lot of care. However, lavender prefers yearly pruning.
It will start getting woody over time as it is a semi-shrub. Keep in mind that a little wood is good, but too much can destroy the plant.
Furthermore, in order to encourage new shoots and shape the tips of a new plant should be pinched off when it grows and after it blooms.
When lavender is a one an a half year old, it should be pruned yearly, by cutting down 2/3rds of the plant.
Lavender plat will go through blooming periods, which means it won’t hold its flowers year-long. But, it has fragrant foliage, so choosing a stronger-scented plant will make sure that it can still offer lovely smell even when it is not in bloom.
When in bloom, lavender has a very strong smell that some people with a sensitive sense of smell may find it unpleasant.
In case you want to cut the flowers to make a bouquet, before cutting them it is advisable to wait until the buds are half open, whereas for a dried bouquet, it is recommended to wait until the 3/4 of buds are in bloom.
Note: Lavender can be toxic to your pets, and therefore the plant should be placed out of the reach of your children and pets.