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hi im planning on growing true lavender from a seed indoores and in hydroponics. i know lavender is suppose to have sun but i only have a north faceing window and can not use artificial light will bright indirect light be enough? also i heard that a single  true lavender can live 10 years is that true? can you tell me how to prune lavender and when to prune it? thank you for your time

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Cynthia:
Growing lavender indoors need full east sun.Need also bottom heat.Artificial light should be 2-tube 1 warm light 1 cool light tubes.I don't know about how long seed from lavender last. I know the dutch lavender last a long time. Plant in well drain soil with lime added each year. Prune each branch by 1/3 from the top down,every 3 weeks during the summer & fall.I hope this helps. The lavender named Provence,Grosso has the best scents.

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I have been growing herbs organically for 27 years. I have also written and self-published a book, "Herbman`s Journal".144+ pages of herbs that I have grown. Photo & short profile at the Smile Herb Shop on "you tube".Sign in "The healing herbs part 3A & 3B". My face book "the Herbman" You can request it from my e-mail.It is $28.95 with free shipping. 5517 Nome Ave., Balto..Md.21215. It is loose -leaf. A free "Herbman" t-shirt included while they last(large,X-large).It covers many names of herbs that I have grown, such as culantro,shadow bennie, recao de monte & 97 other names.

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I have been growing herbs organically for 27 years. I have also written and self-published, loose leaf binder, "Herbmans Journal". 2008 is my last year at Smile Herb Shop. I plan to grow herbs in my small back yard and sell at David's Natural Store in Columbia, Md. on saturdays. I also will return to the Baltimore Herb Festival in May 2009(memorial day weekend).I used the word organically grown, but the state came into the picture and stated that I could not use the word unless I become certified & paid a $300.00 fee. I decided to add to my name (99% chemical-free) since nothing on this planet is 100%, except Jesus Christ, taxes & death. My customers were satisfied with this instead of paying a large fee and raising my prices,with no guarantee that it is organic except for a label.Their belief was in my word.

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