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. Place the seed tray in a propagator at 21-25°C (70-75°F) or seal it inside a clear polythene bag until germination, which can be up to 21 days.
How long does it take to grow lavender from seed?
Lavender seeds can take as long as a month to germinate, although sometimes they’ll sprout in as little as 14 days. Help the germination process by placing seed trays in a warm spot: 70 degrees is an ideal temperature.
How many years do lavender plants last?
When sited correctly and pruned judiciously, lavenders should live for five to seven years. Although lavender is fairly drought tolerant, adequate moisture is required throughout the growing season. Most critical are the weeks after planting to ensure that soil around the rootball does not dry out.
Should lavender be cut back in the fall?
Cut back lavender before winter to create a tidy mound that will give structure to the garden over the coldest months. Lavender is an evergreen shrub, so it retains foliage year round. It’s best to do your first prune before the fall, but hardier varieties can respond well to a fall pruning before the winter.
Which lavender smells the most?
The most fragrant Lavender plants are the Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia). Several cultivars of English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) are also prized for their delightful scent. Lavandula x intermedia, also called Lavandin, is a hybrid cross between Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia.
What time of year can you plant lavender?
Lavender is best planted in April or May as the soil naturally warms up and when many fresh plants become available in garden centres. Lavender should never be planted in winter when young plants are vulnerable to rotting in cold, wet soils.
Should lavender be cut back before winter?
Unpruned lavenders tend to become woody and have decreased blooms. However, lavender should not be pruned during the winter. Unlike many perennial plants and shrubs that can be pruned now, it is best to wait to prune lavender until after bloom in spring or in early fall before any danger of frost.
Can I plant lavender seeds directly in the ground?
Yes, you can sow the seeds directly into the ground, but this method is less successful than starting your seeds indoors. Your seedlings will need more care and attention than an outdoor bed can provide.
How many seeds do I plant together?
In general, two to three seeds should be planted per hole. Seeds do not have 100% germination rates, so not every seed planted will sprout. Overseeding holes, cells, or pots will help ensure that the number of plants you desire will grow (or more!).
What temperature do lavender seeds germinate?
It can take one to three months for lavender seeds to germinate, so start early and be patient. Also, be prepared to germinate them indoors. Lavender seeds will need warm temperatures, between 65 and 70 degrees F. (18-21 C.).
How quickly does lavender grow?
|Lavender Age (Weeks)||Growth|
|8 weeks||Pot and place in direct sunlight.|
|10-16 weeks||Some varieties of lavender will bloom in their first year, during summertime.|
|2 – 5 years||Lavender plant reaches full maturity. Repot every year and prune accordingly.|
Is lavender an easy plant to grow?
Growing lavender is easy and rewarding. Lavender can be grown in garden beds or in pots. To grow lavender successfully it needs well-drained soil and full sun. In arid climates lavender grows well as a perennial, but in humid climates it is often grown as an annual.
How deep should lavender seeds be planted?
Sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil. If using a plastic seedling tray, plant one seed per slot. If planting in a division-free container, space the seeds 1/2 to 1 inch (1.27 to 2.54 cm) apart. Gently press the seeds into the soil (no deeper than 1/8 inch).
Can I plant lavender in June?
Colorado State University Extension recommends planting lavender in fall or late summer so the young plants have time to establish roots during the cooler months, which will help them bloom better the following summer.
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