Lavender can be easy to grow in your backyard and utilizing lavender can add new colors and scents to your backyard. If you want to start growing lavender, you can utilize cuttings from another plant to create yours. There are two different methods of propagating lavender; you can use soil or water and depends on your space and time.
The steps for propagating cuttings into a lavender plant are quite easy and help you grow a vigorous plant. Read on to know what each step you need to take to propagate lavender.
Gather Your Supplies
Before you can start growing your lavender, you need to gather some supplies. Most supplies will be easy to find because they are everyday household items.
You will need to find the following supplies:
- Starting seed potting mix (you can make your own or buy from the store)
- A pot or propagator
- Rooting hormone
- Plastic bag
- Lavender cuttings
If you are a gardener, you will have many of the supplies you need. For example, if you want to make your potting mix, you mix potting soil with other minerals and nutrients for growing. But these things can also be easily found at your local home and garden store.
Lavender and Humidity
Different types of lavender like different levels of humidity. Make sure you have the right type that will flourish in your gardening zone. Once you have the right type of lavender clippings that will grow well in your garden, you’re ready to propagate.
For hot and humid climates, like our Florida climate, these varieties grow well. Silver Anouk Spanish lavender, Provence French Lavender as well as a hybrid With Love lavender. Regardless of the variety, it needs to be planted where it gets good air circulation.
For hot and dry, like California and the Southwest, stick to Goodwin Creek Gray, Munstead or Riverina Thomas French variety of lavenders.
In Cool and West climates, like the Northwest, you should stick with Thumbelina Leigh English and Winter Bee and Ghostly Princess Spanish varieties.
If you live in a typically cold climate in the Northwest or Upper Midwest, Aromatico Blue Imp. Lavender, Phenomenal Lavender and Hidcote Giant Lavender are great varieties to try.
Brush Your Roots
You need to brush your roots with a rooting hormone. The rooting hormone will help your lavender to gain roots in the soil. In addition, the hormone will allow them to grow and connect to the ground better.
It is best to dip your roots in the hormone after brushing them because it will help them absorb the hormone and establish a strong connection to the soil.
Prepare Your Pot of Soil
Before you can plant your lavender cuttings, you need to prepare a pot of soil. The soils should be a mixture of potting soil and growth hormones. Mix these ingredients and make sure they are evenly distributed throughout the entire pot.
After you have mixed your soil, make holes in the ground with your fingers. Your fingers should not be too deep in the soil. Instead, it should be close to the middle of the soil with enough room for the roots to grow. The holes in the soil will be where you plant your clippings.
The holes in the soil will be suitable for your roots dusted with the rooting hormone. The rooting hormone will not rub off quickly in the soil if you give the roots enough space to grow.
Place Cuttings Into The Pot
After you have prepared the pot, you can place the cuttings into the pot. Lightly pat down the soil and make sure it touches the stems of the cutting. For each cutting, you put into the soil, make sure it is distanced apart. The cuttings should be equally distanced apart and allow you to have room for the roots to grow for each plant.
Cover the Cuttings
If you are propagating the cuttings using an indoor method, place a bag or the propagation box over the top of the cuttings. Both of these methods will help keep the humidity at the right amount for the cuttings to flourish.
Put Cuttings In A Safe Spot
Finally, after putting your cuttings in the pot, you need to put the cuttings in a safe place away from rain, wind, and other precipitation. The cuttings are fragile until they grow roots and need to stay away from harsh weather conditions.
After identifying a spot for your plant, make sure you check on the cuttings every day. The plant should have moisture in the soil but should not turn dry. You can mist the cuttings and even water the plant every few days to keep the plant healthy.
Finally, you need to wait and allow your roots to grow and establish themselves in the pot. It will take between three to six weeks before it can be replanted where you want it.
Propagate in Water
If you do not want to propagate your cuttings in a traditional pot and soil, you can propagate them in water. There is a lower success rate of them replanted elsewhere, but it can be a more straightforward method and can help with the space you may have for the plant. A soil plant will be larger and take up more room than the water method.
To plant them in the water, you need:
- Lukewarm water
Fill the vase halfway to three-quarters full with tepid water, and then place the cuttings in the vase. Make sure the leaves do not touch the water, or they will rot. If you notice rotting leaves in the vase, make sure you filter out the water and replace it. The water will need to be lukewarm and keep the leaves out of the water, or you will have to replace it again.
Roots should slowly start to grow because of the amount of moisture found in the environment. Once the roots become strong, they will be able to replant in soil pots. Just make sure the water remains tepid.
Lavender is a wonderful plant to have in your backyard for it’s beauty and especially it’s aromatic qualities. Using the methods above, you should be able to propagate and grow lots of lavender to enjoy in your backyard.