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It's no secret that the world is constantly changing, only the flowers, especially the indoor ones, remain unchanged. Many people are captivated by their tenderness of lavender blooming in a pot, care for which at home requires a lot of effort. After all, the birthplace of this lovely plant is the warm coast of the Mediterranean Sea, where there are no severe frosts. And snow falls only on the mountain tops.
Today there are up to 30 types of lavender. The most popular are:
- "English"( different narrow sheet plates);
- Dutch( hybrid varieties);
- "French"( broad foliage).
Interestingly, the ancestor of lavender in pots was a broadleaf plant variety that requires special care at home. In addition, the flower is valued not only for its lovely appearance, but also for its beneficial properties.
Secrets of growing lavender on the window
For a long time it was thought that it was impossible to grow lavender in a pot at home. Unlike other indoor plants, as previously thought, it is not adapted to such an existence. In fact, the flower takes root indoors, if you carefully monitor the temperature and properly care for it.
To grow a lavender in a pot, you must fulfill the following conditions:
- The capacity for planting should be about 2 liters.
- The diameter of the pot is at least 30 centimeters.
- Drainage from fine gravel or nutshell is laid at the bottom.
- The soil should be alkaline in nature.
Even if these requirements are fulfilled, indoor lavender pleases its fans with flowers for a short time.
As soon as the root system of the plant senses the bottom of the pot, it must be transplanted. Otherwise, the lavender will stop growing, start to hurt and eventually die.
In order for the roots of the flower to gain access to the air, it is advisable to leave a hole at the bottom of the pot free. Drainage is better to settle carefully and carefully, and not in bulk. In addition, the plant needs feeding, which is occasionally carried out with special fertilizers. As a result, a lavender in a pot will appear at home, to the delight of indoor plants.
Basic rules for the care of the southern beauty
When lavender grows in the dacha, it is a common sight. Delicate and cute flowers of blue or purple conquered the hearts of many gardeners. But they do not want to part with them for a long time, so they grow them in houses on windowsills. The flower amazes not only with its magnificence, but also with a pleasant smell emanating from the buds. So proper care at home for a lavender in a pot benefits not only the plant, but also a lot of pleasant moments for its fans.
Growing a flower indoors is completely different from caring for it in a flower garden. On the street, lavender successfully survives under the shade of shrubs or trees. Even if it is watered only occasionally, it pleases gardeners with its flowering for a long time. Lavender care in a pot requires much more effort and attention.
Many people call the blue mountain flowers - a charming guest from the south. Therefore, for successful plant growth, it is important to observe the following conditions:
- a lot of sunlight;
- loose sandy ground;
- infrequent watering.
If there is not enough sunlight in the house, the flower will starve and eventually die. On average, lavender needs a bright light for 6 hours. You should not risk the life of an exotic flower, for the sake of experiment.
When transplanting plants to a larger pot, prepare a suitable substrate consisting of one part of humus, sand or gravel and two parts of sod land. First, the plant container is moisturized abundantly so as not to damage the roots of the flower during transplantation. Together with the earthy clod, lavender is transferred to another container, where it continues to develop successfully.
To obtain loose soil, ordinary soil is thoroughly mixed with sand and covered with drainage located at the bottom of the pot.
With proper care of lavender, the main thing is not to overdo it with watering. A heat-loving plant does not need constant soil moisture. Otherwise, it will be pulled up, the leaves will first brighten, then wilt, and "goodbye lovely lavender."In view of this, it is advisable to water the plant no more often than once every 7 days. In the period of high humidity, the gap between watering can be increased to 10 days. The best option is to water with the full drying of the top layer of the earth.
In winter, the bush is pruned and sent to a cool room. Cuts make a few catch above the place where leaflets begin to grow. Watering is carried out 1 time for 14 days.
In order for lavender to flourish for a long time on the windowsill, it needs to do regular feeding at least every 2 weeks. Suitable for any fertilizer for indoor plants.
Lovers of indoor plants have noticed that lavender grows better in light pots.
Dark colored containers attract solar heat to themselves, so they quickly heat up, which has a detrimental effect on the roots of the plant. Such a seemingly trifle, and the life of the tender southern flower depends on it.