There are different variations of lavender and they each withstand the elements differently but in general, lavender can tolerat the heat and sun.
- When temperatures are extremely hot they need more watering or plants will dry out
- When you first plant, its best to water lavender once a day (if it doesn’t rain)
- Mature plants can go a little longer without water
- Don’t allow the soil to stay too wet—can cause root rotting and kill the plant
- Drought tolerant plant
- Well draining soil
- Enjoy neutral to alkaline soil
- Short roots (don’t need a deep pot)
- Keep an eye out for any weeds or ground cover that may sprout along the soil.
- If the soil feels dry, needs to be watered
- If you plant in a small planter, make sure there is a drainage hole
- Enjoy sunlight (not a suitable plant to be grown inside). At least 6 hours a day.
- Try to plant in an area that catches alot of sun during the day
Lavender has a number of uses whether it’s the fresh flower or the dried version there are a number of different reasons for you to grow and keep this herb in your kitchen.
Uses and Benefits of Lavender [Fresh and Dried]:
- Ingredient in:
- Seasoning: potatoes
- Salad dressing
- Ice Cream/Sorbet
- Soak in a bath
- Brew yourself a nice cup of lavender tea
- Made in crafts: candles, soaps, decoration on cards, bouquet for table top, cake decorating, homemade potpourri,
- Bug repellant -crush flower and apply all over body
- Place fresh flower in closet to deter moths
- Cut up some fresh leaves and add to you favourite carrier oil (jojoba, almond, castor)