Growing lavender is best done but taking cuttings or what is referred to as propagation from one plant to begin your next plant. They will often be more successful than growing by seed. This also insures that the plant is exactly like the parent plant.
Lavender cuttings can be used as soft cuttings or hard cuttings.
Soft cuttings are soft pliable new growth tips abundant in spring when your plant has a lot of new growth.
Hard cuttings are firmer stalks harder to bend and are available in spring and fall.
Weather you choose soft or hard you will cut 3-4 inch plant cutting. Using a knife cut the stem from the plant. Once cut, remove the bottom 2 inches of leaves and scrape off the skin where you have removed the leaves. place the lower 2 inches of the cutting into pot filled with a commercial soil medium.
Cover the pot with a plastic bag or place in greenhouse the pot in a sunny area and water the cuttings just as necessary as to much water will cause mold. You want it just lightly damp like a wrung out washcloth. It typically takes 2-4 weeks for the roots to develop. You can tell if your plant has begun to develop roots by ever so gently pulling on your plant to see if it gives resistance. Once it has developed roots you will remove the plastic bag. Place in a sunny location and water when soil becomes dry. Plants in pots can lose nutrients quickly so you can give it some liquid fertilizer diluted to 1/4 of the strength. You can place in the ground about 8 weeks after your last frost date. Within 2 months you can see the flowers blooming and spreads beautiful fragrances.
I hope this has helped you be inspired to grow some lavender!
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I am Nicole Callen, lavender lover, farmer, and owner of Norwood Lavender Farm. My intention for this page is to bring you great lavender related content that you can use. Most of it contains culinary adventures that transpire in my kitchen, as I have a love for the complex floral flavor and depth that lavender brings to cooking.