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When planting, it should be borne in mind that lavender is a demanding plant and with proper care it will delight with flowering next year. Moreover, if your climatic zone is very cold, then it is better to plant lavender in a large flowerpot, which, when it gets cold, needs to be covered or transferred to a warm place.
- Planting lavender cuttings
- Planting lavender seeds
- Reproduction by dividing the bush
- Watering Lavender
- Pruning Lavender
- Preparing for winter
Care consists of the following activities:
- loosening the soil;
- timely watering;
- pruning branches;
- fertilizing with fertilizers;
- high-quality preparation of the plant for winter
Planting lavender cuttings
Planting lavender with cuttings is quite simple: you just need to root them a few centimeters into moist soil, cover with a special covering material until warmth and water regularly. If you plant the plants far from each other, then the bushes will certainly be lush, because there is enough room for their development. And to get a dense green hedge, cuttings can be planted closer.
Planting lavender seeds
Lavender can also be planted with seeds, but this is a much more laborious process.
At first, it is recommended to keep the seeds at a very low temperature: for this they can be placed in the refrigerator for a month and a half. This procedure is called stratification. And then plant the seeds for seedlings in boxes with soil. In order for the plant to germinate, it needs light and temperatures between 15 and 21 degrees Celsius. After the seedlings germinate, they need to be planted at a distance of five centimeters from each other. And after that, they are planted in a permanent place in the garden, when it gets warm - around May. With this method, the plant needs time to develop in the first year, so flowering should not be expected. In addition, the plant needs strength in order to develop the root system. But the next year or two, the developed plant will definitely bloom.
Reproduction by dividing the bush
This planting method is also possible if lavender bushes are already on the site. In summer, lavender produces abundant growth, which can be rooted as follows: first, the plant is pruned and earthed up so that the entire space between the stems is filled. By autumn, the bush should be dug up and divided. Reproduction by layering involves careful bending of several shoots to the side and sprinkling with a large amount of soil that must be watered. When the shoot can live on its own, it can be separated from the original bush.
A special regime should be observed:
you should not allow the soil to dry out too much, but you should also not flood lavender with water, since its roots are very sensitive to moisture and can die.
It is best to water the soil as soon as it starts to dry out.
Pruning can also solve the problem of forming beautiful and even bushes. The fact is that although the plant grows more or less uniformly, it is still sometimes necessary to remove too long shoots that stand out from the total mass. The first pruning should be done when it is still warm, but the inflorescences have already wilted. You can just remove them.
For abundant flowering, mineral complexes are very important as fertilizers. Once the lavender blooms, they can be applied.
All mineral fertilizers are very concentrated, so they are diluted in water. So, for one bucket of water, 2-2.5 tablespoons of fertilizer will be enough. This mixture will need to water the bushes. Nitrogen fertilizers are also required, which are responsible for the rapid growth of vegetation. But still, with nitrogen and also such organic fertilizers as manure, you should be careful, because they cause the rapid growth of foliage, and not the flowers themselves. You should know that lavender is a very light-loving plant, so if there is sun oil on the site with its plantings, then it simply will not bloom.
Preparing for winter
As for wintering, you should know that lavender will tolerate a winter with little snow much worse than a large amount of precipitation. Therefore, you need to think about a reliable shelter for the plant. Especially if the thermometer drops below -20 degrees Celsius. A layer of spruce branches can be laid on top of the lavender under the covering material to promote warmth. In warm areas, lavender may not be covered for the winter.
Lavender is an extraordinarily attractive plant with silvered leaves and pink to purple flowers. There are also varieties with white flowers. This plant, planted along the paths at the summer cottage, will not leave anyone indifferent.
Its advantages also include the amazing and sophisticated aroma that lavender exudes during flowering.