Disappointing Lavender Seedlings - Knowledgebase Question

Klawock, AK
Question by sholton_a
March 4, 2001
Why are my lavender seedlings looking so pathetic? I used Sun-gro potting medium in a humid starter tray under
an 8-hour photoperiod regimen.So far I have obtained only about 10 straggly-looking seedlings most of which are
unable to stand up for themselves.(1inch) Any suggestions appreciated!

Answer from NGA
March 4, 2001


Lavender is more difficult to germinate from seed than many other herbs, so your success should be congratulated! Germination rates range from poor to uneven, over a period of a month or two. Additionally, seeds are usually sown outdoors in autumn, because they need cold stratification prior to germination. Now that your seedlings are up and growing, provide 12-14 hours of light each day, keeping fluorescent bulbs only 2"-4" above the tops of the plants. This additional light will help your seedlings develop into robust little plants.

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