How to Grow Lavender and Propagate it!

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Lavender bushes bring such personality and beauty to any landscape, with their pastel blossoms and lovely perfume like scent, you can’t go wrong when you add them to your garden.   Lavender plants are very heat and drought resistant, making them fairly easy for the home gardener to maintain.  

This plant is extremely versatile in terms of where you can plant it – it makes great hedges and borders, it can be a nice accent plant added to a rocky area, and it also does well when added to containers and free standing planters.  Another great thing about lavender plants is that you can propagate them, giving you a whole new crop of plants to add to your landscape!  

Here are a few tips and tricks for growing successful lavender plants, and how to propagate them.

           Lavender plants grow best in fairly dry conditions, where the drain soil is very good and the humidity is low.  They require good air circulation and thrive when planted in areas that get full and open sunshine.  Because these plants can grow to substantial size, when planting lavender, you should space them approximately 12-18” apart in order to provide adequate room for growth, sun exposure, and air circulation.

 For water requirements, make sure that the soil is drying out before the next watering, as lavender is fairly sensitive to moisture.

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  1. Thank you for this info. I planted 4 lavender plants in 2015 and they are doing beautifully. I think I’ll give this method of propagating a try this year and I’ll let you know how I make out.

  2. Hello
    I am not sure I have this right. Are you saying to leave the cuttings just laying in the shade, until they have roots about 1″long to plant them then. You don’t put them in any type of medium until they get roots before you plant them? Is that correct? I have only had success in getting propagations if I cut off some leaves and lay it down on the dirt (without cutting it from mother plant), covering that section with some dirt and putting a rock or something on it, to hold it in place. I have not had much success trying to do it from cuttings and sticking them in dirt, maybe once.

    thanks
    Patty

    1. No the cutting will die if they are left uncovered. ” Immediately after removing the cutting from the mature plant, store them in moist growing material in order to protect the open cut area.” Peat moss in a baggie (with oxygen holes) works great, but anything moist will work. Then you can store them in shade until they have their roots established. Good luck!

  3. I have what I believe is Russian lavender, it is a lighter airy plant. My question is how can I get it to produce more flowers?

    1. Daniele make sure you are pruning your plant each spring when you notice new grown. Remove 1/3 of the new grown. I would make sure your ph level is between 6.5-8 as well. If it isn’t producing very much it may not be getting the nutrients it needs. Peat moss will help lower the ph level if you need it. Good luck!

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