Provided that the conditions are right, lavender can be propagated very well by seeds, cuttings or even cuttings.
Although lavender plants do not form classic offshoots, such as those known from strawberries, but can be multiplied in a similar way via so-called cuttings. With this method, the seedlings take a little longer to take root than, say, cuttings, averaging three to four months. Unlike cuttings, cuttings are not separated from the mother plant, which continues to supply them with water and nutrients. Only when the young lavender plants have developed roots themselves can they be cut off. In this method, proceed as follows:
- Select one or more branches that are still green and growing on the outside of the plant as well as near the ground.
- Dig a small planting hole below the chosen sapling.
- Place the branch in the center so that the top, flowering part peeks out from the other side of the hole.
- Cover the stem inside the planting hole with soil.
- Weigh the spot down with a rock or similar, otherwise the sinker may slip out.
- Keep the spot moist, but not wet.
Lowering plants should not be planted too late. The best time is in May, as soon as no more night frosts are expected.
Transplant young plants
After about three to four months, the young plants can finally be separated from the mother plant. To do this, cut off the abscission directly from the mother plant so that no stub remains. Use a sharp and clean knife for cutting. Now the young plant can be carefully dug out of the ground, preferably not damaging the roots. Transplant the new lavender plant either into a pot or directly to its new location in the bed. However, planting in a pot would be recommended so that the young plant can overwinter in cold house conditions. Young lavender plants are more sensitive to adverse weather conditions than perennial plants and therefore require more care. Around mid to late May of the following year, the lavender can finally be moved to its new destination.
Tips & Tricks
It is best to cut back young lavender plants right in the spring, as this will encourage it to grow bushy and bloom profusely.