This summer my window sill garden is flourishing. I planted lavender seeds in early December (I’m growing lavender indoors) and my little lavender plants are making me quite proud. Lavender is a French symbol, it evokes the South of France. The smell of lavender reminds me very much of my childhood in Malves en Minervois. Every summer Maman and I would harvest lavender from our large garden, dry it and fill little fabric bags with the precious flowers to make fragrant home-made gifts.
While lavender is native to the Mediterranean area and better suited to an outdoor environment, you can grow lavender inside your home, but be aware of a few things – here are my tips for growing lavender indoors.
Tips for successfully growing lavender indoors
- Choose a variety that is better suited to growing inside a home. French lavender is less aromatic, but tolerate best indoors conditions.
- Choose a roomy pot, lavender plant needs room to stretch its roots
- Make sure to pot it up using a well drained potting mix. You may also consider mixing some sand in or placing pebbles at the bottom of the pot to improve soil drainage.
- Place your plant in a breezy sunny windowsill
- Let the soil dry out between watering. Don’t over-water: lavender is prone to root rot.
- Remember to rotate the pot every few days to allow sunlight to reach all of the leaves and to aid in even growth. You don’t want a lopsided plant!
Though most varieties of lavender can be used in cooking, the sweetest varieties are preferred. Lavender flowers can be used either fresh or dried.