The Q&A Archives: How Do You Divide Plants

Question: I bought a lavander plant which cost quite a bit of money but what I would like to know is can I divide the plant into multi plants as I would like a wider spread.

Answer: Lavender is quite difficult to divide successfully, in part because it tends to be woody. Instead, it is usually propagated by tip cuttings. Take a four inch non-blooming tip, dip in rooting hormone if desired, then stick firmly vertical into damp sand or fresh sterile soilless potting mix. Water lightly to settle the soil tightly against the stem. (Do not overwater.) Cover the pot loosely with clear plastic wrap to maintain humidity and set it in a bright location out of direct sun. Check periodically for roots, and open the plastic occasionally to allow for air exchange. Keep the soil slightly moist. When rooted, repot and then gradually acclimate to full sun again. When planting, allow room for mature growth since these plants like good air circulation -- and depending on variety can reach quite a large size. Enjoy your lavender!

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