Lavanda stoechas

Lavanda stoechas

General characteristics


The stoechas lavender belongs to the Lamiaceae family and can also be called lavandula stoechas. This shrub is native to France and prefers temperate climates. This perennial specimen develops a bush-shaped foliage, it is an evergreen that can reach a maximum size of about 90 centimeters. The foliage is characterized by green, narrow leaves, in which there is a sort of down and are very fragrant. Between the spring and summer seasons you can enjoy the beauty of very fragrant inflorescences, of a purple or burgundy red color, which bloomed on stems and with a shape similar to that of spikes. Despite being a rustic plant, the lavender stoechas prefers acid soils in which it is able to grow luxuriant and healthy.

Cultivation



There lavender stoechas can be defined as a rustic specimen in half. This is due to the fact that it must be protected from the cold and that it must be planted in acid soil. Its fertilization must take place through the use of a specific fertilizer for lavender or seaweed based fertilizer. Watering should be done only when it is noticed that the soil is quite dry, so as to avoid water stagnation that is very harmful to the radical structure of the lavandula. During the planting it is necessary to choose an environment not subjected to too hot but not too cold temperatures; moreover, during the winter season the plant must be protected with mulch. The soil structure is also very important, as it must be composed of silica-based soil mixed with coarse material.

Pruning



Pruning is an indispensable practice for the health and growth of lavender stoechas. It is practiced at the end of the autumn season, that is when the plant has finished the development of the inflorescences. Before proceeding it is advisable to know that it is necessary to use scissors disinfected with any flame or alternatively with a common disinfectant, thus avoiding to infect the lavender tissues. If the plant is healthy, just remove the stems from which the inflorescences have developed, while, if the plant is weakened, it is convenient to put in place a radical and drastic pruning, leaving only a few centimeters of stem. In doing so in the following spring, the lavender stoechas can develop new foliage and inflorescences.

Lavanda stoechas: Diseases and pests



As previously stated, the lavender stoechas must be planted in acid soil mixed with draining materials (perlite, pine flakes etc) because it is unable to withstand water stagnation. In the event of an excess of humidity and water, resulting in too many waterings, the roots may undergo rot. This, in turn, leads to the onset of fungal diseases that are very harmful to the plant. It is convenient to treat the lavandula stoechas with antifungal products so as to protect it from them and allow it to flourish and grow healthy. If the foliage has clear spots, the cause is the Septoria fungus, while, if yellow spots form, it means that lavender is subject to the attack of a virus, for which there is still no specific cure.