Growing Lavender From Cuttings

This page talks about growing lavender from cuttings and seeds. 

Lavender is well known for its beauty, fragrance and calming properties.  These delicate, purple flowers are a wonderful addition to any garden.

Start lavender in doors in small pots.  Sprinkle a few seeds into each pot.  Keep the soil moist, but don’t overwater.  Lavender prefers the soil around 70 degrees to start growing.  You’ll have a lot more success planting in spring than in fall.  Lavender can take two to three weeks to germinate, so be patient.

Once the plant has sprouted, wait two to three months before transplanting your lavender or moving outdoors.  The root system takes a while to develop enough to handle the move. 

When it’s time to plant them outside, mix compost with well-drained soil.  Place the plants 12 to 18” apart.  Lavender prefers looser soil and will not grow well where it’s overly wet. 

To improve drainage, you can add builder’s sand to the soil and use raised beds.  Let the soil dry before watering again. Lavender grows well in either full sun or partial sun. 

Another important part of lavender care, especially with young lavender plants is weeding.  Be sure to weed often as the younger plants won’t be able to compete with the weeds. 

Using mulch can be an easy and stylish way to help control weeds and moisture levels.  Be sure to leave a little space between the mulch covering and the stem of the lavender plant.

Lavender is drought-resistant once it has been established, but tends to grow larger and produce more flowers when watered regularly.  Most lavender plants grow to between one and two feet tall, with some varieties growing a little taller.

While there are a wide variety of lavender plants, most bloom during spring or summer.  It’s a good idea to do some pruning about four or five weeks after flower start appearing to keep the plants looking tidy.  In some cases, this will also encourage a second blooming.  When harvesting lavender for use, try to cut only every third stem so the plant continues to look full.

When growing lavender from cuttings new plants from cuttings bycutting a 4 inch piece from your plant.  Make sure the cutting is on a mature plant.  Cut the plant at a 45 degree angle.  Plant in rooting cubes using a root hormone.  In about two to three weeks, roots should form.  When the roots are a couple of inches long, transplant to a pot. Grow them in a plantable pot for six weeks before planting in garden.

To dry lavender, tie the stems together and hang upside down and out of direct sunlight.  Make sure the area is well ventilated to help retain color and avoid mold. 

Dried lavender can be put into vases as decoration, used as potpourri, put into sachets by your pillow, in food, teas, salts or for crafts.  You are limited only by your imagination.  The flowers should retain their scent for months after harvesting if you harvest before the flowers have fully opened.

With its small, purple flowers, lavender adds beauty and elegance to any garden.  It works well alone, paired with roses or to fill holes in your garden.  And due to the slight variation in height and color of new plants grown from dropped seeds, lavender plants add more texture and interest as the years go by.  Grow for cut flowers, to use in potpourri or simply to accent or enrich your garden’s beauty.

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With its small, purple flowers, lavender adds beauty and elegance to any garden.  It works well alone, paired with roses or to fill holes in your garden.  And due to the slight variation in height and color of new plants grown from dropped seeds, lavender plants add more texture and interest as the years go by.  Grow for cut flowers, to use in potpourri or simply to accent or enrich your garden’s beauty.

Lavender is open-pollinated so it will continue to produce year after year if some of the seeds are left to mature.

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