Lavender - How to Grow

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  1. JuliaSpirit

    JuliaSpirit New Seed

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    Hello,

    I wanted to start growing lavender because I like the smell and the essential oils + diffuser. But, I have not much experience with this kind of flowers and I want to grow it on a "big scale". So, there are a lot of different varieties.
    Can someone recommend a guide/book or something? I am kind of a noobie regarding gardening. So it should be really really simple.
     
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  3. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Hi Julia,
    Once you have selected the sort(s) that you want to grow, choose a very sunny place.
    The lavender does best in poor, well drained soil that is calcium - rich. You can buy calcium for soil from most garden centre's.
    Once the soil is ready, you can plant your plant(s). Giving them a little water in the beginning, after that I would never water them again and never give them manure. You can work-in some calcium every couple of years around the base of the plant.

    I do not know of any books written in English for this plant, but i am sure that other folks on here will.

    I wish you all the best of luck. BTW--it would help knowing whereabouts you live, as the advice would depend upon your "zone".
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Where you live will determine to a large degree how well Lavender will grow for you. It is native to the Mediterranean region, likes hot, dry conditions. Humidity and frequent rain will kill it pretty quickly.
     
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    Julia, lavender is delightful, but as you mentioned, there are a lot of different varieties. Some lavenders do well in warmer climates, others do not. Water requirements vary.
    Could you fill in a few details, please. Where are you and what is your growing zone? Also, "on a big scale" needs clarification. There is a place near here that has acres of lavender, and a local gardener has eight plants. What is your definition of "big scale"?
    Guide books have general information and are rarely written for a specific area. I'd suggest going to a local nursery and reading the tags on the lavender plants.
    Also, do you plan to start with seedlings from a supplier, or from seed? Those are two different ball games!
     
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  6. Islandlife

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    I have a big bunch of lavender that grows quite well out front here. I pretty much ignore it and chop it down quite a bit late fall.

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    Gail-Steman Young Pine

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    @JuliaSpirit i had 3 lavender plants down my back garden which kept in balls the same plant as Islandlife and they got removed but i still have a large one on the front garden.

    Are you in the UK? if you don't mind me asking :)

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