Spanish Lavender Plant Care:
The Spanish Lavender plant is native to Spain and it grows naturally in many climates. It is a perennial herb which means that it will grow again after being cut down or killed off.
Because of its nature, the spanish lavender needs regular watering during the growing season (spring through fall). If you live in a dry climate, then you may want to consider using drip irrigation system instead of water sprinklers. However, if your soil is sandy or clayey, then you need to use a potting mix with peat moss.
Spaniards are known for their love of lavender oil so it makes sense that they would enjoy the smell of this flower. When grown outdoors, the spanish lavender plant prefers full sun and moist but well drained soil.
In fact, it likes almost any type of soil except very heavy soils such as those made from sand or silt.
It is best to keep the spanish lavender plant in a location where it gets morning sun. During the day, it will get most of its light from the afternoon sun.
If possible, place your spanish lavender outside during the summer months when temperatures are high. These days, there are several ways to grow Spanish Lavender plants indoors. One way is to grow them in containers like this one. Another way is to create a garden bed just for your spanish lavender plant. This will provide the most control over its growth conditions although it is more work than growing in containers. If you decide to go this route, it is best to use a peat based soil mix such as credited to David Hoak.
During the fall months, your spanish lavender should start to show changes in tone and color. If you live in a location where the fall temperatures drop at night, then you may want to bring it inside.
Even if you do not, you will need to cut back on its water and nutrients. By bringing it inside, you are conserving water and also keeping it away from potential harm by cutting tools or diseases spread by insects.
Spaniard lavender pruning is a simple task that you should perform every year. It is best to cut back the stems by about a third to a half.
Also, trim off any leaves that have black spots or hollow appearing spots on them. These are signs of rot which can easily spread to the rest of the plant if not caught early.
Enjoying The Scent Of Spanish Lavender
Lavender is a relative term since there are many types of lavender plants and they all have a unique scent. The most common types of lavender are English, French and Spanish.
All three of these plants have been used for years as a natural remedy for stress relief and relaxation. Some would even say that the relaxing qualities of these flowers are on par with that of prescription drugs.
Most people enjoy lavender flowers because of their sweet floral scent. If you’ve never smelled a lavender plant before, then you are in for a real treat.
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