Levandula, specific for its scent, has been used for its healing properties since ancient times. In the form of tea, its sedative effects make it popular for insomnia, nervousness or depression. It is equally therapeutic for flatulence, stomach and intestinal problems, but can also help with laxatives. Inhaling lavender helps with sinus infections, flu, bronchitis or tonsillitis. Lavender leaves are also added to stews, to flavour fish and other meats.
Sowing the seeds
To grow from seed, it is advisable to plant lavender in February (March at the most) in a regular pot. To encourage its growth with substrate, add 1 part sand to 4 parts substrate. After planting, moisten the substrate with a sprinkler and keep it moist at all times. The ideal temperature for lavender to grow is 20°C (68°F), at this temperature it will grow in 3-4 weeks. Afterwards, plant out the individual plants.
How to make cuttings?
Levandula begins to root at the point of the cutting. The use of a stimulator and removal of the lower leaves is recommended to speed it up. Root from both woody and herbaceous cuttings. Cuttings vary in length of cut and method of cultivation, depending on the time of year when the cuttings are separated.
Trimming lavender regularly, preferably in June and July, is important for proper growth. For use in the kitchen or cosmetics, trim the blooms when in flower. To dry the flowers, cut the non-blooming flowers. Keep the cut as long as possible where the individual petals grow. In late summer, cut all the plants in this way, they will grow longer. After the winter, it is recommended that individual plants be pruned thoroughly.
The method of overwintering differs for both growing methods. If growing lavender in a pot outdoors, wrap it in plastic for the winter and place it out of the snow or wind. If it does not freeze, water the lavender occasionally, but do not place it in temperatures above 15°C (59°F). In the garden, cover the plant with straw with soil around it. It is also a good idea to cut the outdoor plant before wintering.