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propagating perennials: Lavandula angustifolia or Lavender
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Friday, April 25, 2008

Lavandula angustifolia or Lavender

Lavender is a herb can be propagated by layering or by taking a heeled cutting in the spring because the plants become very woody as they get older so at times it is not seen as a perennial but they are evergreen. To propagate by layering take a long branch, turn the soil over and then pin the branch to the disturbed soil, using a piece from a wire hanger bending it in half and make certain that you water. Seed propagation is generally considered a no win situation because they take too long to propagate. As many people know the bloom of Lavender comes a variety of lavender shades and they do not like wet feet in winter, but thrive in full sun and a well drained soil that is not acidic and normally do not bloom the first year. They should be pruned in the spring and not in the fall and they also attract honey bees and hummingbirds because the flower heads can be as tall as 3 feet. The best time to harvest is after the flowers have full color, blooming from June to August, hang upside down in a dry dark spot and store in a dark spot to keep the color from fading, however the fragrance will last for years.

2 comments:

Nancy J. Bond said...

Very interesting and useful -- I love the fragrance of lavender.

bullthistle said...

Thanks!

 
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