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, which is why learning how to grow lavender is beneficial. 

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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           Propagating lavender is the easiest way to add to your stock of plants, and the most reliable as growing lavender from seed is notoriously difficult.  With a few simple steps you can be well on your way to adding new plants into your landscape: first, take your cuttings from your existing lavender plants after the blooms have begun to fade, but early enough that your new plantings will have sufficient time to establish a strong root structure before the temperatures get too cold and the plants go dormant – this is usually in mid to late summer.  lavander-2-1540006

Deciding where to cut on your existing lavender plant is important.  Moving down from the top of the branch go past the flowering spike and then count down 4 leaf groupings.  Cut the branch under the 4th leaf grouping.  By having 4 distinct sets of leaf groupings you will be able to plant 2 below the surface in your soil medium, leaving 2 above the surface to encourage healthy growth.

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 Immediately after removing the cutting from the mature plant, store them in moist growing material in order to protect the open cut area.  Store them in a shady outside location until ready for planting.  Once your stored cuttings begin to establish roots that are about 1” long, transplant them to traditional pots with potting soil.  

Young cuttings need more water than mature plants, but it can be a delicate balance.  If you begin to see blacked leaves at the base of the plant you need to cut back on the amount of water than your new lavender plants are getting.  fresh-lavender-in-basket-1319387

Finally, once your new lavender plants have an establish root system that binds the potting soil together in the small pot, do the final transplant into their permanent home in your landscape.

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  1. I never thought of propagating lavender. Wish I saw this last year. My 10-15 yr old lavender bush took a hit this past winter in MYState. I had to trim a lot of dead wood. I can’t believe how thick the base of the plant actually is.
    I have 2 questions;
    1) are lavender plants sensitive to “salting” for roads during the winter? This past year was the first year we had a service come and salt around our area. We live off a private drive. My plant is close to the private road (never expected it to get as big as it did) and I saw some big chunks of salt near its base, yes I got rid of it.

    2) because it took such a beating this winter & I just got done pruning the dead wood, is there a food I should use for the plant or will that be too soon after all it’s been going through. There is about 1/3 good growth still left on my plant. What kind of plant food is good for Lavender??

    1. Lee,
      Yes, the salt will eventually kill your lavender plant. What you can do to save your plant is to cut away the dead areas and sprinkle the ground around your plant with potash, to encourage more flowering. Don’t add any nitrogen fertilizer. If your soil took in a lot of salt this winter you may want to transplant it to a safer location, but only if you are still having low temperatures. If your soil is warmer than 65degrees, transplanting will kill the rest of your plant. Good luck, I hope your plant survives!

  2. Hi,
    I love, love, love, lavender! I use to have beautiful lavender plants, then out of the blue after about two or three years the plants died. I have not been able to grow lavender since. I now live on Tybee Island in Ga. I don’t know if it is too humid here for lavender. Any ideas? Also, what happens is that after a while the plant looks like it is “rooting away”. I didn’t think that I was over watering itm but maybe I was. Do you have any advice.

    1. Your lavender plants may have had a fungus. If the roots had any black lesions or if the root system no longer is able to deliver water to the plant if was more likely fungus. I would start a new plant in a new area and see how it does. Lavender should thrive in GA, since it loves a little humidity.

    2. Yes you can grow lavender in humid areas, try “Provence” or “Phenomenal” lavender. They preform better for high heat and humidity. Make sure your soil also has PermaTill or Soil Perfector mixed in it to break up the clay. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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