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How to Propagate Lavender Plants

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Overview

Lavender, a member of the mint family, is a shrub that can grow up to 24 inches in height. While there are 20 to 30 different species of lavender, it is the English variety that is most prized for the high-quality essential oil it produces. Propagating lavender plants by cutting is considered a better method than planting seeds from a lavender plant, as the seeds will not grow a true form of the parent plant type.

Step 1

Fill a pot with a mixture of one part sand to three parts peat moss.

Step 2

Water the soil mixture, but do not make it soaking wet.

Step 3

Look for a healthy, soft-stemmed shoot on the lavender plant.

Step 4

Cut the shoot, also known as a heel, so it measures roughly 4 inches in length.

Step 5

Make a hold with your finger approximately 1-inch deep in the soil mixture.

Step 6

Strip the bottom two leaves off of your lavender heel.

Step 7

Dip the end of the heel into the root stimulator.

Step 8

Place the end of the heel into the 1-inch hole in the soil of your flower pot. Carefully cover the hole up around the end of the heel.

Step 9

Water the new lavender heel thoroughly. Place the flower pot in a well ventilated area, but out of direct sunlight (reference 1).

Step 10

Keep the soil in the pot moist for the first two weeks. Afterward, water the lavender heel only when the soil becomes dry.

Step 11

Transplant the lavender heel after six weeks. Plant the lavender heel in a sunny area with well-draining soil.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not overwater your lavender plant once it is transplanted. Too much water causes the lavender plant to produce less essential oil, making its fragrance and flavor weaker.

Things You'll Need

  • Lavender plant
  • Flower pot
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Root stimulator
  • Water

References

  • Propegating Lavender
  • Tips to Propegate Lavender
  • Lavender Facts

Who Can Help

  • 10 Uses for Lavender
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Sophia Darby is a former professional hairstylist who has spent the last six years writing hair-related articles for both online and print publications. Her work has appeared in Celebrity Hairstyles Magazine, as well as multiple websites.