Lavender Flower: How to Plant and Different Uses

There are different variations of lavender and they each withstand the elements differently but in general, lavender can tolerat the heat and sun.

Watering

  • 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

Drainage/Soil

  • 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

Sunlight

  • 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:
    • Sauces
    • Desserts
    • Pancakes
    • Salts
    • Lemonade
    • Bread/Loafs
    • Syrups
    • 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)


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