PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).

Lavandula stoechas
French lavender
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Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Summer
Height 18-24in/45-60cm
Light preference Sun
Soil preference Any, but light, well-drained preferred
Sowing time/depth Late-winter/early spring, Barely cover
The true French lavender. Heads of tiny fragrant purple flowers topped by rosy-purple tracts in late spring and summer. Very aromatic.

NOTE: Plants offered winter 2018/19 are best overwintered in a frost-free greenhouse.

Sowing and/or growing instructions
Sow very thinly from late winter to early spring, in a seed tray or pots, covering with a light sprinkling of sieved compost or fine vermiculite (light will aid germination), in a greenhouse. Keep the compost moist, but never waterlogged. Germination should occur in 21-30 days. Some sources recommend stratifying the seed in a fridge for a few weeks, but this should not really be necessary. To prevent legginess, ensure that seedlings receive enough light. Wait until they have a few sets of true leaves before transplanting into small pots or modules. Pinch out the young plants to encourage branching. When plants are 3 or 4 inches tall they will be ready to harden off and plant out, 12-24in/30-60cm apart. Make sure that you choose a sunny, sheltered site with well-drained soil, as lavender does not like to have wet feet.
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