Herb - Lavender, English
Lavandula angustifolia VeraThe classic multi-purpose herb! Not only are the plants a lovely ornamental, you can use the dried flowers for arrangements, in aromatherapy applications, as a bug repellant, for culinary uses, and to make a potent essential oil. The plants grow to 12-20" tall and sport spikes of bluish-purple flowers. Seeds must be stratified before planting. Perennial in zones 5-9. ~section~
|Average Seed / oz||Seed / 100' Row||Average Yield / 100' Row||Days to Harvest|
|Planting Season||Ideal Soil Temp||Sun||Frost Tolerance|
|After Last Frost||70°F||Full Sun||Frost Sensitive|
|Sowing Method||Seed Depth||Direct Seed Spacing||Seeds Per Packet|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
Lavender is a perennial or tender perennial (Zones 5-8) that prefers full sun and somewhat dry, well-drained soil.
For best germination, expose seed to cool, moist conditions (stratification) for 2-3 weeks before sowing. The refrigerator works well for stratification. Sow seeds indoors several weeks before the last frost. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 70°F. Sow seeds 1/16” deep and 2-4” apart. Seeds will germinate in 21-40 days. Space mature plants 12-24" apart. Transplant outdoors once the danger of frost has passed.
Harvest above ground parts, with or without flowers, once plants become established. Cut stems, leaving 3” of growth above the soil. If using only flowers, snip flowers without cutting the stems. Lavender is quite versatile; use fresh or dried in cheeses, baking, soap, etc.