How to propagate Lavender

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How to propagate Lavender

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Lavender is a very versatile, underappreciated plant. Its flowers add beauty to your garden and smell wonderful in your home. Dried lavender makes wonderful wreaths, and lavender is a delicious ingredient in foods from shortbread to chocolate. Lavender is also a wonderful ingredient in bath oils and home scents. You can propagate some types of lavender from seeds, but other types, such as the Lavandins and Spike lavenders, must be propagated from plants. Propagating from plants is also the best way to make sure your lavender plant will have the appearance you’re looking for. Properly propagating lavender is a great way to get you on the right track for enjoying lavender in your own garden.


Step One

Mix 3 parts peat moss and 1 part sand or vermiculite to create a well-draining soil. Dampen. Fill the pot with the soil mixture.


Step Two

Poke a hole with the stick in the middle of the soil, about 1 to 1 ½ inches deep.


Step Three

Find a small, soft, nonwoody shoot from the bottom half of a healthy, mature plant. Pull the shoot down and away from the stem until it comes off. The cutting should be about 3 to 5 inches long; you can trim it with a sharp knife if it is too long.


Step Four

Remove the bottom two leaves from the cutting, and dip the bottom of the cutting in the root stimulator.


Step Five

Insert the bottom of the cutting into the hole in the soil, and gently close the hole around the cutting.


Step Six

Water thoroughly, and keep the soil damp for about the first 2 weeks.


Step Seven

After the first 2 weeks, water only when the soil starts to get dry, but before the plant becomes water-stressed.


Step Eight

Dig a hole about 6 weeks after you plant the lavender in the pot. The hole should be about 1 foot wide and 8 inches deep.


Step Nine

Fill the hole with a mixture of sand, peat moss and native soil, high enough so that you can set the plant on top and it will be at the proper level with the ground. Put a small amount of slow-release fertilizer in the hole.


Step Ten

Remove the plant from the pot, apply a little root stimulator to the roots, put the plant on top of the soil in the hole, and fill the rest of the way with soil.


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