Lavender is a great perennial plant to have around the garden. Designers use it in knot gardens, formal gardens, or even in pots. It smells great when touched and also has insect repellent properties to help keep the bites at bay. In this post I’ll explain how you can propagate lots of lavender through cuttings. The process is simple so read on!
Taking Cuttings of Lavender
Lavender cuttings are very easy to do. Just pick a 4 inch cutting and strip the lower half of leaves off.
Then take the cutting and place the cutting in the rooting medium. In this case I used an organic garden soil mix.
After sticking the cuttings in the soil I covered it with a cloche. For the cloche I cut the bottom off of a juice bottle that happened to have the same circumference of the interior the pot I was using.
Then I watered and waited. I also placed the cutting in a plant tray that would hold water. Essentially I bottom watered the cuttings throughout the process. I opened the cloche a few times but not very often. The majority of the watering happened from the bottom.
In about 6 weeks I checked the roots and discovered that 5 of 6 cuttings rooted. 3 lavender cuttings rooted great with 1 inch little root balls that formed. 2 lavender cuttings had roots but were not very extensive. I potted all six into larger pots and put back in the greenhouse for a while.
Lavender Rooting Tips
- If the cuttings you have available have buds on the tips pinch them off. You don’t want energy taken away from rooting.
- The cloche helps keep humidity present around the cuttings. If a cutting dries out that can be the death of it. If you don’t have a plastic bottle to use a plastic bag will work.
- I didn’t use any rooting hormone but it may have improved rooting if I had.
Taking cuttings can be a lot of fun. Especially when you can save money on filling your garden with plants! See more on plant propagation.