Wintering potted lavender, under 1 year
I threw some lavender seeds (angustifolia, they're "lady") in a pot much later than the seed packet recommended this year. It was probably May-ish. One of them sprouted and is now a scraggly little plant (I failed to properly pinch the longest branch). It's been living on my balcony its entire life, but I yanked it indoors at the first freeze warning, because I wasn't sure whether it was ready for that. The weather has since warmed up again, and the un-pinched branch has decided to put out a bud that I just noticed today. I'm not really sure what to do with it at this point. I'd love to see it bloom, but I'm afraid it's going to turn cold again. Should I... bring it inside for its first winter, since I didn't plant it early enough? leave it on the balcony and let it do its thing? pinch off (gasp, but I'll do it if I have to) its first ever bud? I'd like to see it survive, although I won't cry if it doesn't, as I could just start over and sow at the right time next year.