Seeds - Lavender, Hidcote

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Description: One of the finest lavenders for sweet oil production! Hidcote Lavender has very dark purple flowers that dried well. Prefered culinary selection.

Hidcote has been a reliable perennial in the SGH beds in Winnipeg (zone 3), although English varieties, including Hidcote, are often listed as zone 4 or higher. We recommend planting in a very sunny, extremely well-drained location that is sheltered from drying winter winds. For the fullest, most attractive plants we recommend covering with a rose cone, box, or some other form of airy mulch. Apply mulch in late October, once night temperatures are regularly freezing and daytime temperatures are not likely to creep much above freezing. Remove mulch only once spring weather has stabilized, with little chance of sudden dips into the negative teens. Perennial Lavender typically survives 3 - 5 years, but also tends to reseed if some flowers are left on.

Pack Size: 100 seeds

Latin Name: Lavandula officinalis
Alternative Names: English Lavender
Main Uses: Culinary, fragrant and oil producing.
Zone Hardiness: Zone 3 perennial (with winter protection)
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 25 cm (10 inches)
Flower Color: Dark purple
Flowering Time: July - August, if deadheaded

Germination: 7 - 14 days at 21° C.
Pre-treatment: Store seeds in the refrigerator until ready to sow. Seeds are viable for 2 - 3 years.
Sowing: Indoors 8 weeks before planting out. Sow 3 - 5 seeds per plug cell. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant. Not suited for direct seeding outdoors, unless sown in September for early spring germination.
Planting Depth: Press firmly into soil.
Planting Out: Plant into well-drained soil. Once established, Lavender does not require supplemental fertilizing, although the additional of eggshells or some other form of natural, slow-release lime enhances flowering and plant vigour.

Harvesting: Harvest flowers by cutting at the intersection of flowering stalk and second set of true leaves (before stalk). Removing flowering will encourage more blooms.

Growing in Containers: Well-suited to containers 6 inches and up, although English Lavender will not survive the winter in containers.

Fertilizing (Containers): Feed every two weeks with a general-purpose organic plant food.

Watering (Containers): Water deeply, and allow to dry to the touch between waterings.

Growing in Mixed Planters: Well-suited for larger mixed planters, if treated as an annual.

Fertilizing (Garden): Lavender prefers a poor (not too rich) soil. Focus on drainage and the additional of slow release lime (egg shells / crushed sea shells).

Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Once established, Lavender is quite tolerant of drought.

Beneficials Attracted to this Plant: Bees and ladybugs!

Garden Companions: Lavender is often paired with roses, and as a general companion to vegetables and other herbs. Not only does it attract pollinators, the strong oils have many properties that may benefit nearby plants; some of these include anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Special Requirements for Cold Climate Gardeners: Be sure that Lavender has great drainage and lots of sun! If planning to grow as a perennial, shelter from drying winter winds is essential, as is snow cover.

Pest/Disease Issues: Lavender is very disease-resistant.

Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors. Requires cool conditions through winter - SGH offers a Lavender wintering service to facilitate the overwintering of container grown lavender plants.

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