Bad news lavender lovers _ These sweet smellers can't take the heat
The climate of the Central Plains is far from optimal for growing this heavenly scented medicinal plant, and it is only in the mountains of the North that conditions are cool and dry enough
Pavan Khimesra has been unsuccessfully trying to grow lavender in his Bangkok home. ''The seeds just do not seem to germinate,'' he wrote. ''I understand that the plant grows in the Mediterranean climate so it might be possible to grow it in Bangkok. I am trying to grow the munstead dwarf, hidcote dwarf and true lavender varieties, which I think are all types of Lavandula angustifolia. Lavender grows in hardiness zones 4-10 as classified by the US Department of Agriculture [Bangkok is 10], and in the American Horticultural Society's plant heat zones 2-11 [Bangkok is 12].
SCENTS OF RELIEF: Left, whether fresh or dried, lavender is used as a remedy for a range of ailments, from insomnia and anxiety to depression and fatigue. Above, a lavender plot on Doi Ang Khang. Right, The lacy leaves of ‘Lavendula multifida’, or fernleaf lavender.
''Do you think I can grow lavender in Bangkok?'', he asked. ''It is possible that I am unable to grow it due to my lack of knowledge or equipment. Is there someone who could grow the plant until it is big enough for me to maintain it?''
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