The Q&A Archives: Lavender Propagation

Question: I tried growing lavender last year and found the seeds slow to germinate. The plants stayed small and fragile when I put them out in the garden. They didn't survive our mild winter. Any suggestions?

Answer: Lavender seeds can sometimes be slow to germinate. Try this: plant the seeds in a tray of moistened potting soil. Cover the tray with plastic wrap (to help retain moisture) and put the tray on top of your refrigerator, or other warm place. Once the seedshave sprouted, remove the plastic covering and place the tray in a brightly lit location. Flourescent shop lights are great for indoor seed starting. Put the tray under the light source for 14-16 hours each day. When the seedlings have developed two setsof leaves, transplant them to individual pots. After they've grown for 6-8 weeks, and the weather has warmed, plant them outdoors in a sunny location. Your lavender should grow and produce lovely flowers by mid summer.

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