Lavender at home — how to grow lavender on a windowsill
Lavender is the smell of purity and happiness,
Blooming youth, eternal beauty.
Dwellings are protected from misfortune
. Not very catchy, but delicate flowers.
Lavender is a long-known and popular fragrant shrub. People have already adapted to cultivating it in beds, flower beds and pots, but getting used to lavender at home is not so easy. Growing lavender indoors requires the availability of an appropriate place and compliance with individual requirements. We will tell you how to do everything right in this article.
What do you need to grow lavender?
When keeping lavender in pots, it becomes somewhat more demanding in relation to open ground. For optimal growth and vitality, you will need:
- containers for sowing;
- transplant pots;
- lavender seeds.
Choosing the right pot
Any container with a side height of at least 7 cm is suitable for sowing seeds, but already when transplanting, special attention should be paid to the choice of pots in which lavender will have to grow in the future. Choose flowerpots with a volume of 2 liters or more and a diameter of at least 30 cm. Remember — the more spacious the pot, the more space for growth and nutrition, respectively, and the flowers are larger.
We prepare the soil
The right soil for lavender is not an easy task. She needs a light, loose and breathable substrate. Acidic soils are not suitable for these purposes. Of course, it is better to buy a ready-made mixture already in the store, but you can cook it yourself. For this you will need:
- garden land.
All components are mixed in proportions 1:2:3. Before sowing, the substrate must be sifted from large lumps, debris and disinfected with potassium permanganate.
Stratifying the seeds
Growing lavender should begin with this process. Stratification allows you to significantly increase the germination of seeds. You can stratify in the refrigerator. You will need cotton pads or non-woven napkins. A cotton pad should be placed on the bottom of a container with a lid, pour seeds on it, cover with a second disk and pour a little water, drain excess moisture. The container should be warm for 2-3 days so that the seeds swell, after which the container should be put in the refrigerator in the vegetable compartment. The first seedlings will appear no earlier than 30 days later. Seeds will be ready for planting when about ¼ of all planting material has germinated.
Containers and soil are ready, seeds are stratified, now you can start planting.
For seed germination, containers must be removed in a warm and well-lit place. Maintain light moisture at all times by misting the soil gently. Subject to all conditions, seedlings will appear after 2 weeks. During this period, the film is removed, and the containers are transferred to the brightest place, if necessary, organizing additional lighting.
I dive seedlings at the stage of 3-4 true leaves. Even small seedlings form a well-developed root system, so you need to transplant with extreme caution, immediately into large pots equipped with drainage.
Potted Lavender Care
Potted lavender is quite demanding on the conditions of detention. So that she does not lose her decorative qualities and feels comfortable, the following rules must be observed.
Indoor lavender is much more sensitive than garden lavender. She is more often attacked by spider mites, affected by powdery mildew, fungi, but most of all suffers from uncomfortable conditions. The reaction to all the inconveniences is one — drying out. To prevent this from happening, monitor the lighting, air temperature, quality of irrigation, and soil compaction. If the pot for lavender has become small, transplant immediately, the roots need a place to develop.
Growing and caring for lavender at home is not that difficult. The main thing is to observe all individual characteristics, and then a sultry southern woman will delight with a charming aroma and color for many years.
Article author: Oksana Artemenko