How to grow Lavender for home use

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How to grow Lavender for home use

If you want to grow lavender for home use, the first way is to buy mature established plants and transplant them at a sunny well drained point of your field, preferably 3-4 weeks after the last winter frost. The second way is to take cuttings from a thriving plant during late spring or early summer (May-June), plant them in pots with special mixture, and once they root, transplant them in your field.

Choosing the right cuttings of lavender is not an easy procedure. It requires experience that is accumulated through a “trial and error” course. We generally choose healthy mature branches. It is good to take cuttings just before the plant flowers. Cuttings should be 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) long. We remove the leaves at the bottom 2/3 of the stem (the part that is going to be put in the pot). Many farmers use special rooting powders, but at least you should first give it a try naturally. The pots contain a 3 part mix, 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 commercial potting soil. We irrigate frequently, but only when the pot is dry. Cuttings will naturally root in 4-6 weeks. During this period, the pots must be placed in a warm place without exposure to direct sunlight. Some farmers put a nylon bag at the top of the pot, which then functions as a greenhouse. After the 4-6 weeks rooting period, we carefully remove any flowers, because they will slow down the plant’s development. When we see that our cuttings have established a root system, we can transplant them in a sunny and well drained spot of our field. Alternatively, some farmers prefer to keep them inside in a greenhouse, so that they can face their first winter in a protected environment.

You can harvest the mature floral stems of lavender during summer (June-July). After harvesting, it is absolutely necessary to prune your plants, otherwise they will face several problems and their production will be diminished after a couple of years. Keep in mind to irrigate the plants only when the soil is dry. You can irrigate using the drop by drop technique in the root of the plant rather than spraying from overhead. 

 

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