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Growing Lavender

Have you ever dreamed of growing lavender � being greeted with a colorful purple field that is as beautiful to smell as it is to look at?  The very name of lavender conjures images of a very beautiful, elegant, and romantic flower and fragrance. Even though lavender is a plant that grows best in rocky, sunny, and dry Mediterranean atmosphere, we find almost every gardening enthusiast, all over the world, trying their hands at growing varieties of lavender � and they are succeeding too.

Success in your endeavor to grow lavender depends on choosing the right variety to grow under the right conditions. All varieties of lavender thrive on bright sunlight, soil that is well drained, and a warm climate. If you are interested in growing lavender which produces a high concentration of oil, you also need to make sure that the soil is lean.

When you grow lavender, you need to help firmly establish the plants by providing them with enough compost and watering them well in the initial stages.  But after that, even under severe drought, the lavender plant survives once it is firmly established in the soil.

Humidity and dampness can harm a lavender plant. As you are growing lavender, it is important to ensure there is a lot of space between each plant for air circulation. Also it is critical to ensure the lavender plants receive plenty of sunlight.

In extreme winter conditions, protect the lavender plant with enough mulch in areas which frequently freeze and thaw. Planting lavender close to a brick or stone wall will ensure the plants receive warmth and protection.

Growing lavenders is quite an easy preposition as it is generally a sturdy plant. While it grows the best in warm, Mediterranean climates, with a little effort, you can grow lavender under nearly any weather condition.

Pruning lavender ensures new growth. Harvest the flowers on a regular basis and prune them, especially during spring to keep the plants healthy and growing. One third of the taller varieties and about two inches of the shorter plants can be pruned for best results. During winters, pruning has to be carried out carefully - it is important to wait for new growth to start before you prune the plant.

Growing lavender is also possible in containers. If you want to grow grow lavender but do not have enough space in your garden, you can grow it in pots. This way, the plants can be kept outdoors during the warm summer months and shifted inside during the harsh winter months. A medium or small sized pot is ideal for growing lavender. A large pot may result in too much dampness and spoil the plant. An ideal pot would be that which can accommodate the root ball with two inches of space around since lavender is a plant that likes growing in tight spots.

Provide for good drainage in the pots. Spread loose gravel at the bottom of the pot. Plant the lavender in a mix which is loose and contains less soil. Container grown lavender requires more watering than the plants that are grown in gardens since pots dry out more quickly than ground soil. Watering the pots in the right manner is also important to ensure healthy growth of lavender plants. You must water the container when the soil is dry. Ensure the plant is watered only at the base so the foliage does not get damp.

Growing lavender is not a tough job. As the lavender plant is sturdy and tough, it is possible to grow healthy and fresh lavender plants with proper care and grooming. And soon you too can realize your dream - of a large field or a small pot - of brightly colored and wonderfully fragrant plants