English Lavender 'Hidcote' - Lavandula angustifolia
20 open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $2.00.
My favourite lavender, English Lavender 'Hidcote' (Lavandula angustifolia). Prized for its highly aromatic flowers, this lavender is favoured by oil producers and cooks.
Seeds in a light potting mix barely covering the seeds as they need light to germinate. Lavender seeds need warm temperatures, between 18-21C to germinate, heat mats can be used. Seeds germinate in as little as 14 days but may take as long as 3 months. Some gardeners recommend placing the seeds in the potting mix and refrigerating this a sealed plastic bag for 21 days. to improve germination.
Transfer seedlings to 10cm wide pots when seedlings have sprouted several sets of leaves. Lavender is a slow grower and may take up to three months to reach transplanting size. The greatest threat to lavender seeds and seedlings is fungus. Keep soil mix moist but provide good air circulation to help reduce disease outbreaks. Acclimate seedlings to outdoor growing conditions when lavender plants are 10cm high.
Lavender prefers full sun to a small amount of shade and must be grown in well draining soil with a pH between 6 and 8. Keep your lavender on the dry side. Because of the aromatic oils in its leaves, lavender has few insect pests.
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cup lavender flowers
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup sugar
- Place the lavender in a jug and pour the boiling water over the lavender; cover with plastic wrap and allow to steep for 10 minutes; strain and discard the lavender from the water.
- Return the lavender water to the jug. Add the cold water, lemon juice and sugar to the jug and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Refrigerate until serving.
- Please note that you may need to adjust the amount of lavender to suit your taste buds.