Garden Guide for Zone 8b
Lavender is a genus of 47 known species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and is found in Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, and from Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India.
- Soil: Well-drained, sandy or gravelly soils
- Water: Moderate
- Light: Full sun
- Sowing Method: Direct sow or transplant
- Growing Days: 85
Planting Instructions: Lavender seeds can be sown directly in the garden or started indoors. If starting indoors, sow seeds in a flat 1-2 months before the last frost date. Transplant to the garden after danger of frost has passed.
Harvest Instructions: Harvest lavender when the bottom flowers are just opening. Cut the stems above the woody growth, then hang in a cool, dark place to dry.