Merry meet all,
I have started a lavender plant from seed!! I thought I’d include a few points with you that I discovered along the way for starting lavender from seed.
Lavender is famous for its beauty and fragrance. The lavender seeds that I bought at the local farmers market is True Lavender (Lavendula spp), will get a great place in my garden this spring. Lavender grows well in beds and borders. Use the 2 to 3 foot plants as a low-growing hedge. Starting lavender by seed takes patience.
Start growing lavender in February or late March to get a good head start. They can take a steady temperature of 65% F. Plant outside in full sun and well-draining soil. The roots don’t like to be soggy.
I started my seeds by putting the seeds in a damp folded paper towel in a damp ziploc bag. If you have the patience, and I don’t, you can put seeds in a tiny seedling pot. The seeds are tiny and black. A green shoot emerges from the seed once it is germinated. If you do use the wet paper towel and see that a seed has sprouted, then transfer it to an already prepared pot of soil.
The seeds have a low germination rate. So try to sow several seeds to get a few seedlings. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of seed soil mix. The tiny seeds can be sown on the surface of the soil. Water the soil prior to adding the seeds. They need light to germinate.
Seal the tray of pots into a plastic bag. Place the bagged pots into the refrigerator. Remove the potted seeds from the fridge after the four to six weeks has passed. Keep the soil lightly moist and discard the extra moisture. Putting the seeds into the fridge conditions them into winter conditions. I just put the seed pouch holding all the seeds into the freezer. The seeds take 15 to30 days for the seeds to germinate once you take them out of the fridge.
Transfer the lavender seedlings to their own pot once they reach three inches tall. Once they develop true leaves, fertilize them. Transplant outdoors once all chance of frost has passed.
Young lavender plants need regular watering until they are established. Then they become drought tolerant. Use crushed gravel instead of mulch to avoid overly dampening the root crowns.
I hastened the process of the seed germination with the damp paper towel and ziploc bag. Once they start growing, try rotating the pots every few days. Remember what you planted and label the pots. Lavender needs full sun.
If you start from seed, the plant may not be true to the parent plant.
Items you will need:
- Small pots
- Soilless seed starting mix
- Large plastic bag
Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(