Most people prefer to buy pre-grown lavender plants, but if you’re on a budget or enjoy a challenge, you can grow your own lavender plants from seed. Sow lavender seeds from February to July on the surface of moist seed compost. Cover the seeds with a sprinkling of vermiculite or finely sieved compost.
How long does lavender take to grow from a seed?
Growing from seed is difficult, but it’s not impossible.
If you want to try starting lavender from seed, sow seeds in a sterile seed starting mix. Barely cover seeds, because they need light to germinate. Lavender seeds can take as long as a month to germinate, although sometimes they’ll sprout in as little as 14 days.
What is the best time of year to plant lavender?
Plant lavender in spring, once all chances of frost have passed. This beautiful, fragrant herb is a great addition to raised beds, in-ground gardens, and growing in containers. Space lavender plants 12 to 18 inches apart in an area with plenty of sunlight and sandy, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.7 to 7.3.
Can you plant lavender seeds directly into the ground?
Lavender seeds can be sown directly in the garden, but they germinate much more reliably when started indoors in a seed tray. Use a light, seed-specific potting mix, and gently cover each seed with a thin layer of soil. Lavender germinates more quickly when it’s exposed to sunlight, so don’t cover them entirely.
Should I soak lavender seeds before planting?
Quote from video: You want it wet but not waterlogged. Then sprinkle the seeds making sure to avoid clumped. Sounds easy enough right.
Does lavender bloom first year from seed?
Once the lavenders are settled in the ground they will grow slowly the first year, but most of them will bloom, and by next year you will have a splendid supply of lavender to plant into a hedge or use as a colorful border for your perennial bed.
Can I start lavender seeds indoors?
Lavender can be sown indoors in late winter or outdoors in early spring or late fall. Wherever it is sown, it will germinate in about 15 to 20 days. Indoors, place one seed in each bio sponge of your Bio Dome or, if you are using a seed flat, on top of the starting medium (the seeds need light to germinate).
Does lavender come back every year?
If you have lavender plants that are hardy in your growing zone (see our Lavender 101 post for more information on this), it is likely that they will return year after year for a decade or two. But even the toughest perennials may still look quite grisly after their long winter dormancy.
How do you prepare lavender seeds for planting?
Preparing Lavender Seeds For Planting
The easiest way to cold stratify lavender seeds is to place them in moist soil, then put them into the refrigerator for 3-6 weeks before planting.
Does lavender spread by itself?
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How can I speed up lavender growth?
To increase the amount lavender blooms, plant lavender in full sun, with sandy soil and prune in the Spring to stimulate more growth to support more blooms. Watering lavender too frequently and adding fertilizer can stress the plant which causes fewer blooms.
How many lavender seeds do I need?
Decide how many seeds to plant – Indoors, plant 2-3 lavender seeds per hole or pellet. Outside, space them in groupings about 2″ apart, and thin them to 18″ later. Plant the seeds – Drop the seeds on top of the soil. You can cover them with a thin layer of dirt, but make sure they aren’t more than 1/8″ deep.
Does a lavender plant multiply?
But the good news is, they’re wonderfully easy to propagate from cuttings! And in a few short weeks, you can have new plants ready for the garden. Plus, with stem cuttings, your new plants will always be true to their parents.
Does lavender spread on its own?
Lavenders can spread by foliage growth (as with all plants) and seed dispersal in the late summer. Lavender plants do not spread by self propagation, or any other mechanism (however they are reasonable easy to propagate with some planning).
Is lavender poisonous to dogs?
First of all, the ASPCA considers lavender to be toxic to dogs (as well as cats and horses). If ingested, the plant can cause nausea, vomiting, and inappetence. These symptoms can be traced to a single dangerous component known as linalool.
Does lavender regrow after you cut it?
“It’s true that lavender doesn’t regenerate if you cut hard back like this, but you can often find signs of young shoots sprouting from those lower, woody stems. This is a good indication that hard pruning could help to regenerate the plant.