Lavender, Vera (Lavandula angustifolia Vera) -100 Seeds
•American grown seeds
Grow a sea of Vera Lavender plants, from freshly harvested Lavandula angustifolia herb seeds. Vera Lavender is thought to be the "True English Lavender" and is sought after for it's fragrance and medicinal values. Lavandula angustifolia has been used for it's high level of fragrance for centuries. It can be found in all sorts of perfumes and potpourris and is also used in poultices, to relieve soreness and inflammation as well. The plants themselves reach a mature height of roughly 30 inches tall, displaying clusters of beautiful, purple colored flowers. These beauties will flower through the mid summer months, attracting all sorts of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees and hummingbirds. This makes Vera Lavender a perfect choice for insectaries and butterfly gardens.
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 8.0. Water the seeds daily with a spray bottle or mist setting, until germination has successfully occurred. Lavender seeds will typically germinate within 7 to 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 vera