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Lavender

SCENTIFIC NAME: Lavandula

ALSO KNOWN AS: English Lavender

PLANT FAMILY: Mint Family (Lamiaceae)

CLIMATE (LOCATION): Middle East & India | Subtropical

DESCRIPTION: Lavender is a well-known fragrant plant with lovely purple blossoms and a nice fragrance. It's frequently found in perfumes, soaps, and essential oils. Lavender is also well-known for its relaxing effects, and it is frequently used in aromatherapy to encourage relaxation and stress relief.

Moderate difficulty & pet toxic

Lavender Plant Care

Lighting

Light Requirement: Full Sun (Bright Direct Light) & High Light (Bright Indirect Light)

For lavender plants grown inside, bright, direct sunlight for at least 6 to 8 hours each day is ideal. Placing your lavender near a south-facing window will supply proper lighting. LED grow lights can be used if there is insufficient natural light available. Rotate the plant frequently to provide even lighting exposure and avoid uneven development.

Watering

Quick Tip: Water until water comes out of drainage holes. Allow top 2 inches of soil to completely dry between waterings.

For indoor lavender cultivation, moderate, irregular watering is the best approach. It's vital to allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of the soil to dry out between waterings since lavender plants prefer soil that drains properly. Avoiding situations that are soggy is essential since overwatering can cause root rot and other problems. Water the soil thoroughly until the water runs out of the pot's bottom, then let it dry before watering it again. The size of the pot, the temperature, and the humidity conditions within your home will all affect how frequently you need to water. Lavender plants typically need watering every 7 to 10 days, but it's best to check the soil's moisture content first. Use a pot with drainage holes and put a saucer underneath to capture any extra water to prevent water from pooling in the bottom of the pot. You can ensure that your indoor lavender plant receives the right amount of water while reducing the chance of overwatering by providing moderate and timed watering.

Temperature

Preferred Temperature: 55º - 75º

When growing lavender inside, the ideal temperature ranges from 60°F to 75°F (15°C to 24°C) during the day and 55°F to 65°F (13°C to 18°C) at night. Lavender plants prefer a climate similar to that of their native Mediterranean region, which is relatively cool. It's crucial to offer stable temperatures devoid of sharp variations. Lavender should not be exposed to temperatures below 50°F (10°C) as this can stress the plant and possibly cause damage. Place the plant in a spot that receives enough sunshine, but keep it away from drafts and heat sources that can cause rapid changes in temperature. To keep the plant within the ideal range during the winter, it might be essential to use a heating mat or modify the room's temperature. You can encourage healthy growth, blooming, and general plant wellness by keeping your indoor lavender plant at an appropriate temperature.

Humidity

Preferred Humidity: 40 - 60%; Moderate Humidity

Indoor lavender cultivation benefits from relatively low to moderate humidity levels. The Mediterranean climate that lavender plants naturally flourish in is similar to the drier, lower-humidity circumstances that lavender plants like. For optimum growth, aim for a humidity range of 40% to 60%. High levels of humidity can make fungus diseases more likely to spread and make it more difficult for plants to adequately transpire, which can result in waterlogged roots. Place the plant in a well-ventilated area, or use a fan to encourage air movement, to guarantee appropriate air circulation around the plant in order to maintain the right levels of humidity. To prevent excessive moisture around the roots, avoid overwatering and let the soil somewhat dry out between waterings. You can place a dehumidifier or a moisture-absorbing item, such pebbles or a tray of silica gel, near the plant to assist lower humidity levels if the indoor atmosphere is naturally damp. Your indoor lavender plant will grow and thrive in an atmosphere with a somewhat low humidity level, which you may provide.

Additional Plant Care

Propagation
Lavender can be propagated using stem cuttings. Start by collecting stem cuttings of 3–4 inches (7–10 cm) from a mature, healthy lavender plant in the early summer, when the plant is actively growing. Lower leaves should be removed from the bottom half of the cutting, and the cut end should be dipped in a rooting hormone powder to promote root growth. Make holes in a well-draining potting mix, such as a combination of perlite and peat moss, with a pencil or your finger. Make sure that at least two nodes are buried in the mixture before inserting the prepared cuttings into the perforations. To establish a humid environment, mist the cuttings and place a plastic bag over them or a clear plastic dome on top of them. The cuttings should be placed in a warm area with filtered light. The potting mix should be kept evenly moist but not soggy by misting the cuttings frequently to maintain humidity and keep an eye on the moisture level. Once the new plants' roots have taken hold after a few weeks, you may progressively acclimatize them to typical indoor circumstances by removing the plastic cover for extended amounts of time each day. The cuttings can be potted into individual containers or moved to larger pots for additional development once they have developed roots and fresh growth. You can successfully grow your indoor lavender collection by using stem cuttings by following these instructions.
Toxicity
Lavender is a widely recognized aromatic herb known for its fragrant flowers and calming properties. When used in moderate amounts, lavender is not toxic to humans and for centuries has been used in various culinary, therapeutic, and cosmetic pursuits. While the flowers and essential oil of lavender are commonly used in cooking, teas, aromatherapy, and skincare products for human use and consumption, it is important to note it is toxic to animals, so do not use these treatments on pets. One should also use caution when using lavender essential oils, as they are extremely potent. Consult a healthcare professional or a qualified aromatherapist for proper usage instructions, especially if you have specific health conditions or are pregnant or nursing.
Repotting
Repotting lavender plants indoors is best done every one to two years, preferably in the early spring before the plant's active growing season. To allow for root expansion, choose a new pot that is one size larger than the old one. Water the plant well before repotting to make sure the soil is moist and manageable. Lavender should be removed from its present pot gently, taking care to protect the roots. Shake off any extra soil, examine the roots for any indications of rot or disease, and cut off any roots that are damaged or too long. The lavender plant should be positioned in the middle of the new pot, with the crown level with the soil surface, and covered with a layer of well-draining potting soil. Fresh potting soil should be added to the empty space, and it should be carefully firmed around the roots. Lavender that has been replanted should be given ample water and sunlight. Prior to beginning routine maintenance, give the plant a few days to adjust to its new pot. You may assure a successful repotting process and offer your indoor lavender plant the best growing conditions by according to these instructions.
Seeding
Begin by filling a seed tray or small pots with well-draining soil. Sprinkle the lavender seeds evenly across the surface, lightly pressing them into the soil. Cover the tray or pots with a thin layer of soil, ensuring the seeds are still visible. Mist the soil gently with water to keep it moist but not overly saturated. Place the tray or pots in a warm location with ample sunlight or under grow lights. Keep the soil consistently moist by misting it regularly. Within a few weeks, you should see tiny lavender seedlings emerging. Once they develop a few sets of true leaves, thin them out to allow space for healthy growth. Gradually acclimate the seedlings to outdoor conditions before transplanting them into a larger container or directly into the garden.
Pruning
For indoor lavender plants, regular pruning is the best way to maintain shape, encourage bushier growth, and revive older growth. Start by removing spent flower spikes and any dead or damaged foliage with clean, sharp pruning scissors. Due to the limited ability of lavender to regenerate from old wood, it's crucial to avoid cutting into the woody stems. Instead, concentrate on softly trimming the top third of the foliage to shape it into a compact and rounded form in early spring or after the flowering season. By promoting new growth, the plant's general health and attractiveness are maintained. Avoid making deep cuts into the woody stems or excessive trimming since these actions can harm the plant or promote non-regenerative growth. You may maintain your indoor lavender plant's health and promote continued growth and flowering by engaging in routine, careful pruning.
Fertilizing
The best way to fertilize indoor lavender is to use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer made especially for perennial or woody herbs. When the plant begins actively growing in the early spring, start fertilizing. Apply the fertilizer as directed on the package, distributing it evenly around the plant's base. Don't spray fertilizer directly on the stems or leaves. To minimize overly vigorous vegetative growth and encourage more plentiful flowering, it is recommended to use a low-nitrogen fertilizer. During the growing season, apply fertilizer again every 4-6 weeks; however, to help the plant get ready for dormancy in the late summer, reduce or cease fertilizing. After fertilizing, make sure to give the plant plenty of water to help the roots absorb the nutrients. You may encourage your indoor lavender plant's healthy growth and brilliant flowers by adhering to a balanced and modest fertilizer program.
Soil
When growing lavender inside, the best soil is a blend of well-draining soil with adequate aeration and low fertility. In order to avoid waterlogged circumstances that might cause root rot, lavender plants require sandy or loamy soils that allow excess water to drain quickly. To guarantee great drainage, a suggested soil mixture for lavender can combine potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand. Avoid dense, compacted soils or ones that are abundant in organic matter since they can retain too much moisture and lead to root issues. A pH of 6.5 to 7.5 and slightly alkaline soil conditions are ideal for lavender growth. Using a soil testing kit, you may check the pH of the soil on a regular basis. If the pH is excessively acidic, you can apply dolomitic lime to make the necessary modifications. You may provide your indoor lavender plant with the best growing circumstances by supplying well-draining soil with minimal fertility.
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Lavender Lighting Requirements: Full Sun (Bright Direct Light) & High Light (Bright Indirect Light)

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