Lavender

(Lavandula angustifolia) Lavender flowers possess the most intoxicating fragrance, making them a highly sought-after plant. Native to the Mediterranean, India and the Middle East, it is widely cultivated as an ornamental addition to gardens and landscapes. Useful as a culinary herb, the delicate foliage and colorful flower spikes of lavender provide sweeping drifts of color from early summer into fall. Lavender seed is famously difficult to germinate, and many people propagate lavender from cuttings. However, if you are up for a challenge, this aromatic is well worth the effort. Start indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost date. Ideal germination temperature is 68-75F. Seeds germinate in 14-28 days. Seed will germinate best in a warm location when planted in a light, well-draining medium. They require light in order to germinate, so press seeds into soil, no deeper than 1/8 inch deep. Once the young seedlings have developed a few sets of leaves, they are ready to be transplanted. Lavender plants prefer full sun and, once established, are very low maintenance and require minimal watering. Space plants 18-24 inches apart.

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