The Q&A Archives: Starting Lavender From Seed

Question: I have tried starting lavender from seed several times, and have no luck. Is there a special secret?

Answer: Lavender seeds have a pre-chill requirement prior to germinating, so maybe that's the step you've been missing. Pre-chill for 4-6 weeks by mixing the seeds with moistened growing medium, sealing in a plastic bag, and refrigerating. At the end of the chilling period remove the seeds and sow on the surface of moistened seed starting mix, just barely covering the seeds. The seeds are erratic in germinating but will sprout within 21-90 days when kept at 55-65 degrees. To maintain moist conditions, cover the pots or trays with plastic wrap after planting your seeds. As soon as the seeds begin to sprout remove the plastic wrap so fresh air can circulation all around the seedlings. Hope you have better success with your next batch of seeds!

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