How to Propagate a Lavender Plant


A flowering member of the mint family, lavender is a popular plant in today's garden, valued for its scented herbal qualities as well as the color of its blooms, after which it takes its name. Lavender is relatively easy to propagate in one of two ways, either by sowing lavender seeds directly, or by taking cuttings from the plant and rooting them. Whichever method you choose, adding lavender to your perennial flowerbed will provide years of color and delicate aroma.

Step 1

Sow lavender seeds directly into a prepared flowerbed where they are to grow in early spring. The seeds are tiny so take care not to cover them with more than 1/8 inch of soil. Sprinkle lightly with water to keep the soil moist, but not soggy, until the seeds germinate, which may take up to 20 days.

Step 2

Propagate lavender from cuttings if you have access to a mature plant. The time to take green cuttings in is the spring, when the lavender plant sends forth new shoots.

Step 3

Cut a section of new growth approximately 3 inches long that has a few stem nodes. Sever the young stem with sharp garden shears, just below a node.

Step 4

Leave the top set of leaves on the cutting but pull off any leaves growing on the lower half of the shoot. Where these leaves were, new roots will sprout.

Step 5

Dip the lower half of the shoot into rooting compound, available at gardening centers, and position the stem halfway into a small pot of sterile growing medium. Regular garden soil may contain bacteria that may reduce the cutting's chances for survival.

Step 6

Place the container out of direct sunlight until new growth appears, at which time, you may move it to a sunny windowsill. Water daily, just enough to keep the growing medium moist but not soggy.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid over-watering new lavender cuttings or lavender plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Lavender seeds
  • Lavender cuttings
  • Garden shears
  • Rooting compound
  • Growing medium
  • Water
  • Containers


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Based in the Midwest, Glyn Sheridan is a freelance writer with 15 years of writing and editing experience. She's the editor of "Kansas Women - Focus on Fitness." Sheridan holds a degree in marketing from Bauder College, as well as a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.