Grow Lavender from Seed

How to Grow Lavender from Seed
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How to Grow Lavender from Seed Lavender is a beautiful fragrant herb that produces purple white and/or yellow flowers depending on the specific variety. Most gardeners usually propagate lavender from cuttings but the plant can also be grown from seed. Growing lavender from seed is not always successful and is a fairly slow process but the method is often less costly than buying cuttings or pre started lavender plants and can eventually produce plants that are just as vibrant. If you choose to harvest your own lavender seeds keep in mind that some plants will not produce seeds that are true to the plant. 1 X Research source Start the seeds 6 to 12 weeks before warm weather hits. Lavender seeds can take a while to germinate and should be started early indoors so that they have plenty of time to grow into mature plants during the warm growing season.Put harvested seeds through a process called cold stratifying. Place your seeds between 2 wet paper towels then put them into a sealable plastic bag. Store the bag with the seeds in the refrigerator leaving it there for at least 3 weeks.Fill a container with seed starting mix. The seed starting mix should be a light potting mix that drains well. You can either use a plastic seedling tray or a wide shallow container without divisions.Plant the seeds. Sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil. Theres no need to bury the seeds but you should sprinkle a light layer of soil over the seeds.Cover the seeds with 1/8 inch 1/3 cm potting mix. A light coating of potting mix protects the seeds but the seeds also need access to sunlight in order to germinate.Keep the seeds in a warm spot. A heat tray often works best but another work location may also work as long as the temperature remains around 70 degrees Fahrenheit 21 degrees Celsius.Lightly water the seeds. Keep the growing medium moist but not damp and water the seeds in the morning so that the soil can dry some before evening hits. Soil that is too damp and cool will invite fungus to grow and fungus will destroy your seeds.Wait for your seeds to sprout. Lavender seeds can take two weeks to one month to sprout. Monitor your seeds while you wait for them to sprout. Make sure the soil stays wet while you wait for them to sprout and keep the seeds in a sunny area.Give sprouted seeds plenty of light. After the seeds sprout you should move the container to a location that receives plenty of direct sunlight. If no such location is available place a fluorescent grow light about the sprouts and allow them to sit in the artificial light for eight hours a day.

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