Lavender Plant

Grow a Lavender plant (Lavendula angustifolia) indoors and add charm and serenity to your bedroom as it is both pleasing to the eye and the nose. Moreover, it helps to relax the mind and body thereby inducing sleep.

Lavender plant in white ceramic pot

Best known for its fragrance, the sweet smell comes from the flowering stalks which contain highly perfumed oil known as herniarin. It is highly versatile for making skin care products, shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant, and aromatherapy oils for relaxing routines.

For decorative purposes, you can also add serenity, calmness, and beauty to your home through the dried leaves in floral arrangements, sachets, and potpourris.

You can easily grow this plant in a container with starter plants, a good sunlight exposure, and some well-draining loose potting mix.

You can purchase young potted plants at the garden center or you can order them online through a catalog.  Then dig a hole that's slightly larger than the root ball of the plant and place in the hole and gently fill in the soil around the plant. Repot your plants into a larger pot that is at least 6" - preferably terracotta/clay.

Tips for Growing a Lavender Plant Indoors

Lighting: Give the plant good light, a sunny south or west-facing window that gets a minimum of six hours of sun a day, or supplement with 12 hours of artificial light.

Soil: Always use a commercial potting mix that is sterilized and not yard dirt, as it can be too heavy to allow your roots to form properly and can also contain weed seeds and other bacteria. You must use a well-drained soil mixture that contains equal parts soil, sand, and peat moss.

Containers: Terra-cotta pots are ideal for this herb, but you can use any kind of container you like. Containers should be 8 to 10 inches deep and have several holes in the bottom for drainage.

Watering: Water by thoroughly drenching plants, let water drain out and empty. Do not leave plants standing in water because this will cause the roots to rot. Water again when the topsoil layer dries out.
Temperature: keep at a temperature around 65 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and a little cooler at night. Let plants vacation outside in the sun during the summer.

Humidity:  Average room temperature between 30-45 percent.

Fertilizer: Apply monthly with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer or fish emulsion. keep at a temperature around 65 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and a little cooler at night.

Although the Lavender Plant is best known for its wonderful fragrance, it can also be used in teas to ease tensions with its relaxing scent and flavor along with countless medicinal properties for your well-being.

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