Updated: May 27, 2021
Health Benefits of Lavender
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Are you looking for a new project in the garden? This post is going to teach you how to grow lavender from seed and many other things! Lavender is one of the top popular flowers in America. It has an amazing scent that can improve your mood. Lavenders' natural oils are also good for health benefits such as calming anxiety and relieving headaches. If this sounds like a plant worth growing, read on to learn more!
Lavender - the most popular variety is Lavandula angustifolia, which has a fruity smell that can be described as lemony or citrusy but with an undertone of fresh-cut hay.
How to Choose the Pot Needed for Lavender
The pot size should be at least 16 inches (40 cm) in diameter for one plant, or 24 inches (60 cm) if two plants will be grown
For the second pot, lavender seeds should not be planted until the soil has cooled from its initial planting. This ensures that they’ll germinate within a week of being sown rather than taking months to show any signs of life like they would when transplanted into the warmer ground. If you want more pots with lavenders around your home, allow 36-48" between each new pot to give them enough space to reach their full-size potential and have flowers blooming all summer long. It is best to space out these additional pots by about three weeks apart so that there are
The best material for a pot is ceramic, plastic or terra cotta.
Watering - should be done even if the soil feels moist, or at least twice per week. The goal is to keep your lavender plants constantly hydrated but not soggy; water that sits on top of the plant for hours can promote rot (a fungal disease that attacks healthy cells in a living organism) so make sure to let any excess drain off before adding more each time you water.
Type of Soil Needed
I prefer to make a soil mix myself, but you may also choose a good potting soil. I like Happy Frog Potting Soil. It's essential to make sure you use a potting mix if you buy soil. Buying potting soil will get expensive. Well-draining soil is vital for growing in pots. Lavender needs well-draining loamy soil rich in organic matter.
A good soil mixture is one part compost, one part coco coir, and one part perlite. I add one tablespoon of greensand, one tablespoon of bone meal, one tablespoon of blood meal, and half a tablespoon of azomite to the mix. This is what I use for a one-gallon container.
How to Plant Lavender Seeds
Using soil blocks is an excellent way to start your seeds. Make your soil blocks, add them to a clear plastic container, and place them in a sunny location or under grow lights. Using a plastic container with a lid will create condensation so your seeds will stay moist and they will not need to be watered continually. Doing this will ensure that your seedlings will not be leggy when they germinate because they will have light soon after germination. When seedlings don't get the sunlight or grow light, they will grow tall and skinny. These will not be healthy or strong seedlings.
Using a heat mat will also help your seedlings to germinate. Lavender seeds germinate best in temperatures from 65 degrees to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are many types of lavender plants that you can grow. You'll need to do some research on what type is best for your region and climate zone. If in doubt, always start with a small kit or plant rather than seeds because it will be easier to take care of it at first before investing too much time and money into a new hobby without knowing how successful the outcome might be.
The easiest way to get started growing lavenders indoors is by following these steps:
- Make sure you have room for them! Lavenders should not be grown inside if there isn't enough light nearby which means they're going to require lots of sunlight.
- Make sure that there is adequate drainage for the seedlings as well! Lavenders have very delicate roots which need plenty of water but cannot be left sitting in any standing water due to their sensitivity.
- Place at least three lavender plants together because they do not transplant well if moved without disruption once established. This will allow them room to grow and thrive since they are known for spreading out over time rather than growing up vertically like other flowers tend to do when cultivated indoors or outdoors.
- Keep an eye on how they grow so that you can trim them to keep the shape and size that you prefer.
- Lavenders need full sun in order to grow their best, so make sure they are not shaded by other plants or trees which will limit how much light they receive.
- Lavender likes to have a mix of both wet and dry soil conditions, so water frequently but not drowning them.
- Pinch off the plants' flower buds to encourage them to focus on growing new leaves instead of flowers which will be harvested for use in your culinary creations or dried for potpourris. This is typically done twice per year; once after blooming season and again when they are at least two years old. It may seem counterintuitive if you were wanting more lavender flowers but this will help with plant growth overall!
Tips: These tips can help as well:
Lighting - exposure should come from natural sunlight whenever possible due to its effects on photosynthesis rates (the process by which the plant absorbs light and turns it into energy).
Temperature - should be between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Watering - should be done even if the soil feels moist, or at least twice per week. The goal is to keep the lavender plants constantly hydrated but not soggy; water that sits on top of the plant for hours can promote rot (a fungal disease that attacks healthy cells in a living organism) so make sure to let any excess drain off before adding more each time you water.
Height Control – use string, clothesline, wire cages with support stakes inserted around their perimeter, etc., as needed to train them when they are young so that they grow vertically rather than horizontally while still allowing plenty of airflow below them. This can reduce the chance of rot and help them grow faster.
Health Benefits of Lavender
The vitamins that lavender contains are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and calming.
Lavender is used in aromatherapy to help with relaxation when they are stressed out or agitated. It can also be an insect repellent and a few drops of it added to laundry detergent will keep moths away from clothes made with natural fibers like cotton, wool, linen, or silk.
It’s been shown that lavender essential oil has significant antibacterial properties (Boisseau et al., 2009) making it useful for treating wounds as well as burns where the skin is not broken but the underlying tissue may have been exposed because of heat.
Minerals in lavender: calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium.
the benefits of lavender include:
- anti-inflammatory properties
- antiseptic properties to fight infection and bacteria on the skin, which is great for those with acne or a sunburn!
- calming effects that can help people relax when they are stressed out or agitated. Lavender has shown an ability to reduce anxiety in small doses (Anderson et al., 2008). Ingesting lavender essential oil orally may also have anxiolytic activity. (Boisseau et al., 2009)
Lavender is used in aromatherapy to help with unwinding after a tough day, it also provides relief from tension headaches and migraines because of its relaxing scent. It's been shown that lavender essential oil has significant antibacterial properties that you can use to help fight infections and keep your skin looking healthy.
Lavender can be used in cooking, candles, or as a medicinal herb for those who want the benefits, it brings without having to smell its fragrance.
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