Lavender is a perennial flowering plant native to the Mediterranean. Munstead Blue, in particular, is its compact, early blooming, English variety, with bluish-purple flowers above slender, aromatic, grey-green leaves. First introduced in 1916 by the garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, and named after her house Munstead Wood in Surrey, England, this variety is a great choice for containers and is widely used in cooking as a condiment for salads, soups, stews. It provides a very aromatic flavour that is too strong to be used in large quantity. Its fresh or dried flowers are used to make tea, while the fresh flowers can be crystallized or added to jams, ice cream and vinegars. An essential oil is also made from the flowers for both culinary and therapeutic purposes.
Packet contains 200 seeds
PLANT SIZE Height 45 cm Width 60 cm
CONTAINER SIZE Height 30 cm Width 30 cm
SOWING Indoor Mar-Apr Outdoor Apr-June
TIMING Germination 20-40 days Harvesting 90-120 days
SPACING When sowing 3-5 cm; Depth 0,2 cm When thinning 20-30 cm
GROWING Sunligth Full sun Soil Well-drained, fertile and moist soil Watering Regular, allow to dry out Feeding No fertilizer or compost addition is necessary
CARING Expert tip Although Munstead Blue is a good variety of lavender to start growing from seed, lavender seeds are slow to germinate in general and will require warm temperatures, between 18 °C and 21 °C. Thus, start early and be patient.
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