Are you one of those lavender fanatics? Yes? Well, this one’s for you. This article will also give you tips on how to grow and care for these beautiful flowering plants.
Lavender is one of those plants that can stimulate the sense of sight, smell and touch at the same time. It is not surprising to meet people getting very excited and inquire to me questions like “When does a lavender bloom?” all the time. And because of that frequently asked question, I decided to create an article entirely for lavender data.
- When does Lavender Bloom?
- True Lavender
- Butterfly Lavender
- More Specific Blooming Times
- Lavender Care Secrets to make them Bloom Beautifully
When does Lavender Bloom?
There are different types of lavender plant and their flowering days depend on their species. Let us talk about them one by one.
This type is also known as the Common Lavender. The scientific name is Lavandula angustifolia. They bloom for three to four weeks in the months of June or July.
This class has petite compressed flowers and grayish green leaves which are slender. If you want high-quality lavender oil, this species is for you!
This is more popularly known for its redecoration purposes. You may use them in pathways, herb and rock gardens, and wall beds. If you wish to cultivate lavender for mass production, this would be a perfect choice.
Another name for this kind is Spanish Lavender. The scientific name is Lavandula stoechas. They bloom three times: May, June and in late summer or fall.
This is the fragrant type of lavender and the ones with exposed type of petals hence it is perfect for bouquets. However, compared to other kinds, Spanish Lavender is tenderer.
The scientific name of this plant is Lavandula x intermedia. From the term itself, you might have a clue that this is cross-breed of the two aforementioned classifications. They bloom in the months of July or August until late summer.
This hybrid, as matched with True Lavender, is taller and has longer spikes. They can also produce oils but it has a lower quality. The uses vary from beautification and cooking purposes to serving as aromatic substances.
More Specific Blooming Times
Flowers that bloom mid to late spring until early summer are Folgate Lavender and Lavenite Petite.
During mid to late spring until early to late summer Lavandula pedunculata, Anouk Lavender, Ballerina Lavender, Fathead Lavender, Kew Red Lavender and Regal Splendour blooms. The last 5 species of these lavender blooms continuously all throughout the year.
On the other hand, during late spring until early to mid-summer would be the blooming dates for Hidcote Lavender, Little Lottie, Miss Katherine, Munstead, Rosea, and Royal Velvet.
Royal Purple and Thumbelina Leigh bloom early to mid-summer.
Compared to other times, mid to late summer is the most favorite time of many flowers when it comes to blooming. Flowers like Betty’s Blue, Melissa Lilac, Nana Alba, Grosso, Hidcote Giant, Impress Purple, Provence and Seal blossoms during this time.
Lavender Care Secrets to make them Bloom Beautifully
- Cut your flowers after full flushes during their blooming seasons to enjoy their flowers unceasingly
- Make sure that your lavenders have good sun exposure
- Do not drown them when you water! Water lavenders when the dry is land to avoid oversaturation. If they do, they will become susceptible to plant diseases like fungal infections
- It is advisable to use time-release granules when you would fertilize your potted plants. However, avoid those who are rich in nitrogen.
- As the soil in containers is more acidic, you might want to alkalinize it by mixing lime! Use the ratio 2:1, 2 ounces of lime per 1 cubic potting mix.
- Protect your lavender pots during winter with bubble wrap as insulators
- Large plants needs a distance interval of 5 to 6 feet between each other so that the air can circulate well around them
- If your lavender is 3 to 4 feet tall already, cut a third back to prevent its center from opening; if this happens, prune old braches as new buds appear. If not, remove the entire plant already.
Lavenders are great source for good aroma. It can be used to make fragrance, lotions, oils, cosmetics and soaps. It is a famous component of potpourri and ornaments. As a food source, you can use it as a flavoring or tea.
Medicinally, it can solve insomnia, restlessness, digestive problems, migraine headaches, tooth aches, lessen hair loss, cure joint pain, promote menstruation and treat acne.
Now that you are aware of the different characteristics of Lavender and their blooming seasons, I am sure that you will be able to maximize the benefits we can get from this plant.
As a review, this article was able to teach you
- The blooming time table of your lavender species, and
- Surprising ways on caring for your plants
Feel free to comment your questions and I will try my very best to answer as soon as I can!