Lavender

Propagation of lavender: Tips for rooting lavender cuttings

Can you ever have too many lavender plants? This article explains how to propagate lavender from cuttings. The project does not require any special equipment and it is quite easy for a beginner. Read on to find out more.


The propagation of the lavender plant

Lavender can be obtained from hard or soft wood cuttings. Softwood cuttings are taken from the soft, flexible ends of the new shoot. Hardwood is thicker than softwood and resists bending. It can break if you force it to bend.

The best type of cut to use depends on the type of lavender and the time of the year. Conifer cuttings are abundant in the spring, and more can be harvested without destroying the mother plant. They take root quickly but are not as reliable as hardwood cuttings. While softwood cuttings are only available in the spring, you can take hardwood cuttings in the spring or fall.

Some types of lavender flower freely, making it difficult to obtain a stem without flowers when the wood is soft. The flowers drain the plant’s energy, and it is unlikely that a stem will have the resources to form good roots if it tries to flower. These free-flowering plants are best rooted from hardwood cuttings.

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