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It's possible to have early blooms the first year. Lavender seeds break dormancy when stratified. Roll seeds in a damp paper towel, put in a freezer bag and let sit at room temperature for a few hours. Place sealed bag in the freezer overnight. Thaw, sow in pre-moistened soil mix and place under lights. The seeds will germinate within a few days and will bloom by mid-June if you sow them the end of February. Lady Lavender is a consistent first year bloomer.
Jan 27, 2013 8:28 PM CST
|That's good to know, as I just bought some lavendar seeds a couple of days ago!|
Jan 27, 2013 8:45 PM CST
|I hope it works well for you. I've done this a few years now. Since our growing season is so short, sometimes the freezer thing works for perennials and 1st year or earlier blooms. I find that most perennials that I winter sow, bloom the following year.|
Jan 28, 2013 1:53 AM CST
|Thanks for that tip! Joanne!|
This year I have lavender seeds to try.
And freezing them worked!
I sowed them on the Saturday of Easter weekend (March 30) and forgot about them.
On the Monday (April 1) they were into the freezer.
I forgot them again so it was Wednesday (April 3) that I took them out of the freezer.
They went under the lights onThursday morning and today , Saturday the 6th---there are sprouts on the pink one.
The others were older seeds so I expect them to take longer.
Thanks for sharing a really good tip!