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Propagating Lavender Methods to Use

Lavender is one of the most popular flowers grown in an ornamental or medicinal garden. If you grow it, you will be interested to know that the propagation of lavender is a simple, but at the same time economical and exciting task.

In this article, the main focus will be on how to propagate lavender by cuttings, air layers and seeds. You can perform these methods with a minimum number of tools and in a short time. Then, with a little care and attention, you will add new lavender plants to your garden. We will not discuss multiplication by division yet; this is a complex method, since the thick roots of mature lavender plants do not tolerate division.

Before you distribute lavender, you should think about one thing: whether your plant has a patent. It is unlawful to propagate and sell patented plants. Most amateur gardeners root plants for their own use, which does not bother many. However, it is good to know and observe the laws of plant reproduction, since they exist to protect the one who invented this particular plant variety.

Let’s start by exploring the definition of plant reproduction, and then look at these methods so that you can decide which one is best for you. Perhaps you will learn a new way to spread lavender that you have never tried before and will be inspired to try something new!

What Is Plant Reproduction?

The most basic definition of plant propagation is the creation of a new plant by growing from seeds, taking cuttings from a mature plant, applying layers of air to grow a new plant and/or dividing an existing plant. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, but we give you tips that will help you get an idea of each of them. Some plants are easier to propagate than others, but fortunately, lavender is easiest to propagate by cuttings.

Propagating plants in your garden is a simple process, although some methods take longer than others, so it is recommended to always plan ahead to be ready. Always choose healthy plants with an established root system. It is also useful to know that there are two forms of plant reproduction: Venusian and Avenerian.

Venereal reproduction consists in growing a plant from seeds and providing it with light, water, soil and oxygen. This method requires more patience and time, as well as additional tools and consumables compared to others.

Aveneral propagation consists in growing plants by cuttings, layering or dividing them from a mature plant that is already in your garden. Many gardeners use the avenereal method, but you can find the one that works best for you. Let’s take a closer look at the methods we recommend for lavender propagation.

Methods Of Spreading Lavender

Let’s look at each distribution method. We are starting to grow lavender from seeds, and then we will consider how to propagate lavender by cuttings. Finally, we will discuss how to grow a new lavender plant using aboveground layering.

How To Propagate Lavender From Seeds

The end of summer is the best time to start growing lavender from seeds. You should be ready to plant in the garden in early spring. This planting method takes most of the time to grow a new plant, but one of the advantages is that you can grow multiple plants at once.

Necessary equipment:

A seed plate filled with seed seed starter mixture or a small pot with soil and compost
Transparent lid for tray or glass

  • water bottles with lavender seeds and mist nozzle
  • Grow light (optional)
  • Mat for heating seedlings (optional)

Step 1: Moisten the soil in the seed tray (or in the pot if you use it). Lavender seeds germinate best after cold stratification (imitation of winter dormancy) for 4-6 weeks. Place 2-3 seeds on a pot or every 2 inches in a tray, barely covering it with soil.

Step 2: Lightly sprinkle the bottom with water and cover the tray with a transparent lid to create a greenhouse effect. If you start with cans, you can use a piece of plastic wrap or a bag instead of a rigid lid. All this allows you to retain heat and moisture to create an ideal growing environment. Be sure to support each flexible plastic with stakes or even several crossbars so that it remains on the floor surface.

Step 3: Place the tray under a wax lamp with a heating mat for best results. If you don’t have a bright or heated mat, you can put the seedlings in a warm place where there will be plenty of sunlight.

Step 4: The temperature of lavender seeds should be at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit and should be moist for germination. Also, it often takes up to a month for them to germinate, which requires patience. Once they germinate, you can remove the transparent cover.

Step 5: If the seedlings have several leaves, transplant them into separate pots and continue watering regularly. Wait one to three months until the new plants are large enough to be transplanted outdoors into your garden.

Step 6: Make sure that the peril of freezing has passed before placing it outdoors, and gradually temper the plants in outdoor conditions. After acclimatization, transplanting them to a garden bed or placing them in a pot is fun and useful.

Discover Lavender Cuttings In Water

The best time to harvest cuttings is spring, but you can perform this procedure in the fall if you are ready to shelter the plants indoors during the winter months. In any matterf, choose cuttings that do not have flowers on them. Cuttings should be at least 3-4 inches long and strong.

Necessary equipment:

  • Sharp pruners or scissors
  • Mature lavender plants

A pot or cup of water

Step 1: Inspect the stems of ripe lavender. To propagate lavender by cuttings, choose a long stem and look for where the old growth will turn into a new green material. The old growth (also known as hardwood) will be dark brown, and the new growth (softwood) will be light green.

For the cuttings of coniferous trees, take a pruner and cut off where the old growth ends and a new soft growth meets. For hardwood cuttings, cut right under the leaf node. It’s a good idea if you take lavender from cuttings to begin with more than necessary, it just doesn’t take root in some matterfs.

Step 2: Fill the container with clean water and remove the lower part of the leaves from the lavender cuttings. Leave the pointed leaves intact so that they can carry out photosynthesis.

Step 3: Place the stalk in water and keep the remaining leaves dry and above the water surface. Wet leaves can become soft and begin to rot. Place the cuttings in a warm place that gets sunlight or indirect lighting, but where it won’t be too hot.

Step 4: Replace fresh water daily and watch for signs of new roots coming out of the nodes. It takes about 2-4 weeks for softwood cuttings to form roots, and from 4 to 6 weeks for hardwood cuttings.

Step 5: After the lavender plants have taken root, they can be transferred to a larger container with a mixture of compost and potted soil. If the weather is warm and you have tempered them, they can be planted directly outdoors. Otherwise, it is better to place them in a greenhouse until the weather warms up.

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