Lavender, Pink (Lavandula angustifolia rosea) - 20 Seeds
•American grown seeds
Start Lavender seeds and grow this lovely rosy-pink shade! If you have a herb garden full of blue or lavender colored English Lavender herb plants, then add this pink to make a lovely contrast. Lavandula Angustifolia is one of the richest in essential oils, giving more fragrance power both fresh and dried. This English Lavender Rosea is the original and first rose Lavender plant available. Lavender uses include crystallizing fresh flowers for candies, cakes, and other pastries. Dried Lavender flowers are used in potpourris and sachets and essential oils are used in creams and perfumes. Or, simply just grow the herb seed to grow a wonderful addition in your flower garden or herb garden. Lavandula Angustifolia Rosea is an evergreen perennial with green leaves. Many of the other types of Lavender plants have blue, grey, or blue-grey leaves. Lavender Rosea will grow to approximately 9 to 12 inches in height and will be 12 to 18 inches wide. Its green leaves are typically about 2 1/2 inches on strong stems. Stalks of delicate pink flowers grow up to 12 inches tall. Lavender care includes trimming the plant back in spring to encourage bushier growth; also deadheading after flowering.
Used to cure everything from headaches to sunburns, the soothing scent of its oil relaxes the mind, while collagen regenerating agents in the plant renew your skin.
Lavender seeds are best started indoors, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last killing frost. Start in peat pots, sowing 3 to 5 seeds per pot, at a shallow depth of 1/16” under topsoil. The seeds will require a bit of direct light to properly germinate, so try not to bury them deeper than the recommended depth. Transplant small pots into larger containers if necessary, or transplant directly into the garden, when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed. Lavender herbs will require an area of full sunlight for the majority of the day. Temperatures of at least 70F are recommended. A light soil that contains a small amount of gravel will best suit your Lavender plants, as they will need a well draining medium. They are fond of slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soils, with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. Water the seeds daily with a spray bottle or mist setting, until germination has successfully occurred. Lavender seeds will typically germinate within 21 days after sowing. This strain will produce 30 inch plants, forming a compact, bush like growth habit. The plants can be spaced about 12 to 18 inches apart from one another.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 14-21 days at 65–70°F (18–21°C).
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Plant in a light, well-drained, gravelly soil. Lavender likes a protected, south-facing location. Soil that is slightly acidic to slightly alkaline is most desirable. If the soil pH falls below 6.5, the soil should be treated with lime to adjust the pH to no more than 8.3.
HARDINESS ZONES: 5-10
HARVEST: Harvest the flower spikes on a dry, warm, sunny day just as the flowers are about to open. Hang to dry in a dry, well-ventilated space out of direct sunlight.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Lavandula angustifolia Ellagance Snow