Lavender Seedlings - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, FL
Question by flegret
June 23, 2000
What does a lavender seedling look like? I planted 40 - 50 seeds and the growth looks like a weed. Are they supposed to be "woody" or tall and leafy? All of the seedlings emerging look like weeds I have growing in my garden. Is this typical of a "True Lavender" (lavandula angustifolia)?

Answer from NGA
June 23, 2000


Lavender is a subsbrub with narrow foliage having a silvery or softly green cast to it. True lavender seed can take between one and three months to germinate, so if it hasn't been that long yet the odds are good you are seeing weeds. If you can identify weeds, remove them carefully, trying to disturb the soil as little as possible to avoid disrupting the lavender seeds. Unfortunately I am unable to find a photo of a lavender seedling, but at first they are small and almost wispy versions of the larger plant. You might want to look carefully at a mature plant in order to recognize the characteristics to look for in a seedling. Seeds are usually started in a pot under controlled conditions since they germinate so slowly. Many gardeners find that a faster and in some cases more reliable method of propagating lavender is by tip cuttings. These can be done during the summer and make a larger plant faster than seedlings will.

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