House plants can be challenging, adaptable, and a lovely addition to your home décor, herb, and an ingredient. All these explain the lavender plant, flower, and kitchen herb. There is a reason for having this plant in your surroundings with the fragrant purple flowers whenever it blooms and excellent taste.
The plant has several hybrids, and its cultivation is all year round. These vary in height, the colors of the blooming flowers, and the period during which the plant blooms. You can choose any type as all follow a similar care process and have a selection of lavender blooming in the flower bed.
Sometimes the conditions are just right, and the plant grows and thickens in size to a bush. It may appear beautiful, but the plant will soon die due to nutrition competition/ deficiency, and space may run out. Identifying the problem with the overgrown lavender, you should decide to move it by transplanting a single section.
Relocating is a complicated process, and lavender plant owners should exercise care to eliminate their chances of shock. Shock is a condition that occurs if the transfer conditions are not favorable and lead to the plant’s death in question. Preparing for the relocation will help improve the rate of survival. Here is a simple process for you to follow.
Step One: Identify the Period for the Plant Transfer
The cool plant is easy to relocate and transplant. The procedure can occur during spring or fall for regions that experience light winters. The process destabilizes the plant, and it requires time to recover and bloom. However, the blooming period takes place in the summer. After the relocation, don’t have huge blooming expectations as the plant may still be trying to stabilize and, therefore, may not bloom.
Step Two: Preparing the Transplant Soil
Earth is a significant factor in determining the success of plant transfer. The herb requires well-drained soils with ample nutrients. If there is stagnant water, the ground soaks, and the herb roots start rotting, and the flower withers away.
Don’t forget to add bone meal a single cup to either type of soils when ready to continue the procedure. Retain the soil pH at six on the lower side and never go beyond pH 8.
Step Three: Preparing the Herb
Carefully uproot the section of the herb you want to transfer to another pot or garden section. Examine the pieces for dead leaves, check the root condition, and decide whether it requires a trim before its relocation.
Remove any damaged herb sections, including the flowers, leaves of the branch section. Also, cut the excessive roots after uprooting to allow better growth chances.
Step Four: Replant the Herb
Make a considerable hole size in the section you are to replant the herb. The dimensions should be similar to that you just pulled the spice, but the width should be twice in size. The measurements help reduce shock and give the herb a survival chance.
Place the herb in the deep hole and ensure it comes to the same level in the earth as before. Use your hands to fill in the s into the hole and surround the herb. Pat the soil around the base firmly, but do not apply too much pressure. It helps firm the ground holding plant in place and gives it a similar growth sense as before eliminating shock.
Since the herb does well with little water, it does not mean you should not water after replanting. Ensure your water every week and sometimes twice until it develops/grows the roots. Mature plants may need less water, but the frequency of watering after a transplant follows that of a young lavender plant.
During summer, you may experience drying winds that are heavy and eat up all the soil moisture. The scenario requires an increase in the watering frequency to prevent dehydration and possible death of the herb.
Regular watering interval increases the growth rate for spikes, and the length of the herb stems changes. Besides, water counteracts the summer heat and dryness in the air and soil.
If replanting in a large land section, investing in an irrigation system gives the plants a survival chance. Using sprinklers is not ideal as the water encourages plant infections, including many fungal diseases. It also promotes bacterial growth, reducing the possible yields if farming for cooking herbs or distorts the blooming period.
Step Five: Commit to Plant Care
The first care process involves redirecting the plant’s energy levels to root growth and the generation of foliage. The diversion prevents withering as blooming results in overexertion. Since the plant is in relocation mode, the flowering may be a danger to its development, thus cutting the spikes.
You should proceed to cut the herb spikes before summer sets in, and the plant begins the blooming cycle. By doing so, the plant starts to increase foliage with the sun rays and the roots form.
Step Six: Pruning the Herb
After the relocation process, continue to monitor the herb during the other seasons. If it survives summer, it means the plant is stable and ready for pruning by fall. Wondering why that is the case?
Well, summer provides the best environment for the plant to grow and increase its foliage levels. By the time fall comes, the plant is healthy. The branches are falling over one another, presenting a bushy like the style. It indicates the need for a pruning session to maintain its elegance and match the surrounding (house decor).
Be sure not to overdo the pruning by leaving ample foliage on the plant. People advise cutting around two-thirds of the plant and leaving the one-third to survive fall when pruning. Some farmers think that the pruning is too unnatural, and the herb may fail and wither. However, that is not the case. All energy reverts to growth, and spring presents the perfect season to prepare for bloom in summer.
Transplanting is not an easy procedure, and you should practice proper plant care to ensure its survival. Lavender herb, though challenging and beautiful once it blooms, may undergo shock after transplanting.
Ensuring that the soil matches the natural habitat with good drainage, ample plant nutrients, and adequate sunlight, you give the herb a winning chance.
Once the plant is stable, cut the stems or spikes to allow proper growth. Prune in spring and will enable the plant space to bloom in the coming summer after the first. Enjoy your time when replanting the much loved and fragrant herb Lavender!