Lavender – Munstead
This neat, compact variety bears masses of dark purple-blue nectar-rich flower spikes which are particularly attractive to bees.
The fragrant stems are ideal for cutting or drying.
CULINARY NOTE: Some parts of these flowers are edible.
Growing preferences of Lavender - Munstead:
- Prefers neutral soil in full sun or part shade
- Highly scented
- Particularly attractive to bees
- Sow Feb-Jun
- Grows well in pots
- Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible.
How to grow your seeds.
Sow from late winter to summer. For best results the seeds should be prechilled before sowing. To do this sow the seeds just below the surface of any good compost. Seal the seeds and container inside a polythene bag and place in a fridge (not freezer) for 6 weeks, checking occasionally to make sure none germinate in the fridge. Then place in a temperature of 15-18C (60-65F). Germination should take 1-3 months after this.
When the seedlings are large enough to handle transplant into 8cm (3in) pots and place in a coldframe.
Later plant out in ordinary well drained soil and full sun.
Lavender shrubs flower on new wood therefore annual pruning will improve flowering and prevent them from becoming woody. Prune immediately after flowering or whilst in flower. Remove shoots to within 2cm of previous years growth in late August/early September.