Thursday, June 3, 2010

Week 10 Time to Propagate the Lavender

Let's get right down to the business of propagating some lavender!  Time is short, we're expecting a huge thunderstorm and I'm under strict orders to shut down the computer at the first signs of lightening and since the dog is laying on my feet under the desk (nervous nellie) I'm sure we can expect it to start any minute!

Why propagate Lavender? 
1.  You have an older/overgrown/woody plant you love and you would like to replace it with the same type but you can't remember what it is.
2.  You want to add to what you have, remember more is better, there's nothing like a wave of purple!
3.  You just want to see if you can do it!  Well, you can it's very easy!

There are many ways to take "cuttings", I am going to explain what we do here at Lavender Fields Farm.  We take what is called a softwood cutting in the spring or early fall from new growth on an existing plant. It isn't really cutting the plant but actually taking a "heel" or peeling away a piece.
The key to sucess:  take from a healthy non-flowering plantmoisture (moist not soaking, soggy wet soil), humidity (we have plenty of that this week), don't park your cutting in the sun while you wait for roots to appear.

OK, the thunder is coming so lets get started!
First, get your pots ready.  Add dirt and then water your pot. With a pencil poke a hole in the center.
Next, find a nice healthy non-flowering plant with some decent new growth.  Remember, propagating produces an exact duplicate of the plant from which it comes.
Grab your rooting hormone, we use the powdered stuff from Lowes.
Now just follow my handy dandy pics!  
                            
          Here is my healthy non-flowering plant.   

I removed the lower leaves.

See the rooting hormone in the upper left corner?

What you see here is where I removed the "heel" from the nice healthy non-flowering plant. It's possible to get quite a few "cuttings" this single branch.  I actually took 8 from this tiny branch. You would want to remove straight from the plant itself, this poor branch was sacrificed so I wouldn't have to sit in the sun and take the pictures.  (it was laying in between the rows, close to the mow area!)  And finally, don't forget to keep your cutting moist not soaked and don't leave it in the burning sun! 
  
So there you have it!  In 6-8 weeks (give or take) you will have an exact duplicate of your favorite and most treasured lavender plant.  
 
Next week lets go visit the Bees! 
Heather

2 comments:

  1. Good to know thanks so much i need all the help i can get.

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  2. Thanks so much, I really needed the step by step with pictures, this really helps!!

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