Lavender Cuttings: Getting the Most Out of Your Lavender

Posted on December 16, 2013 by Lavender World

 

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Taking cuttings of your lavender plants can seem like rather hard work, but we are happy to let you know that it doesn’t have to be!

With good quality lavender plants and the right tools taking cuttings that you can grow over the next year or two to replace your lavender if it is beginning to look shapeless and woody can be a real joy.

When to plant Lavender Cuttings

We recommend taking cuttings of your lavender between June and September. Taking your cuttings and preparing them takes approximately 45 minutes and it is most certainly worth taking the time to do

There are only a few things that you will need to start taking cuttings from your lavender which we have detailed below.

What you will need

Lavender plant
Sharp knife
10cm pot
Multi-purpose compost
Rooting hormone (liquid or powder, it helps but it’s not crucial)
Clear polythene bags

How to plant your Lavender Cuttings

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Prepare two or three plant pots by filling them with some gritty compost.

Water the compost before you get your cuttings prepared so that your compost is damp.

You will need to make sure that you knife is clean and sharp for when you are ready to take your cuttings.

The next stage is to make sure that you have a clean polythene bag ready to put the cuttings straight into, this prevents your currtings from losing water.

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Gently pull the side shoot off the plant so that it has a heel (a strip of bark) still attached to it then trim the heel with your knife so that it’s not too long.

Pop all of your cuttings into your polythene bag, adding more cuttings until you have enough to fill your pre prepared pots. Each cutting should be spaced approximately 2-3 inches apart, so that air can circulate which should prevent mould from forming on your cuttings.

Pull off the leaves at the base of your cutting, then you can dip it in a hormone rooting liquid if you have some (it helps but it’s not crucial), then push the cutting into your prepared pots of gritty compost.

The reason your compost needs to be gritty is so that it not only drains well but it also helps graze your cutting as it goes into your pot. This helps the growth enzyme within the cutting which will help heal the plant and grow new cells that can potentially turn into new roots.

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You now need to pop the cuttings into the compost with your fingers then cover the whole pot with a clear plastic bag secured around the rim with an elastic band, this creates a mini greenhouse.

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We recommend that you keep your pots in a warm spot, on a windowsill (but not in direct sunlight) or even in a green house if you have one. You will then need to water them when the compost starts to dry out and don’t forget to put your plastic bag back around your pot once you have watered your cuttings.

After 7-10 days you can remove the bag from your pot, if you do not do this condensation could build up which will cause mould. It is also very important that you do not over water your cuttings as this could also cause them to rot.

If any of your cuttings start to go black remove them from your pot immediately otherwise the mould could spread to your other cuttings.

It is important to remember that not every single cutting you take will flourish, but within 3-4 weeks some of your cuttings should have rooted and you can put them into individual pots of gritty compost, giving your cuttings plenty of space to continue growing.

Your cuttings will most likely not be big enough to plant outside until the summer after you have cut them, but by the end you will have some beautiful lavender plants to replace any of your older plants or just some lovely new lavender plants in your garden and the best bit, they are absolutely free!

 

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