You can never have enough lavender, correct? Correct. Fortunately enough, lavender is super simple to propagate and requires very little time or supplies. If you have a lavender bush right now, you can duplicate that thing more times than you probably realize. The idea of propagating plants is insanely intriguing to me. Much of nature's mechanics mesmerize me, which is probably why I don't get too overly impressed about new technologies and things. We're still way behind nature, IMHO.
Lavender has gained a ton of popularity in the last few years, but ultimately it's been something people have adored for countless moons over. I'm a huge fan of Badger Sleep Balm, which boasts a lavender and bergamot concoction. I drink lavender tea, of which both Yogi and Celestial Seasonings now offer. I use lavender essential oils in my yoga mat cleaning solution. We keep a bottle of Mrs Meyers lavender soap in our en suite at all times. So yeah, we go through some lavender. It would only be appropriate for us to grow it as well.
We have a herb garden box just outside of our back door. I've decided to make it the herbal "Tea Box Garden" this year. We have lavender, bergamot, and chamomile sharing the space currently, as they're all mostly still in their infancy. I'm excited to see what comes of it as growth gains momentum. This is the lavender I'm working to propagate and will find another space for the off-springs.
Onward to propagating with some quick tips before you begin...
- Don't get too caught up on the fact I'm using (once again), my Moe's Southwest Grill take-out container. Truly, any take out container with a plastic lid like this would work, but it isn't necessary. Any pot, bucket, container will do. Just use a sheet of plastic wrap to get the greenhouse effect. I've used jars, starbucks cups, pots, and more. Remember the seed starting tips I gave a few weeks back? It references these and other options. If you're stuck on ideas, check out that post.
- Don't skimp on a starter soil. You can make your own, or grab a bag (as I've done here) inexpensively. It does make all the difference in this process.
- Try to use clean, sharp, and sterile tools for obtaining your clippings. I used a pair of gardening scissors, sterilized via the dishwasher.
- Ready? Steps are below. Enjoy the process and do tell if you found this method to be as simple and successful as I have?
Propagate Lavender in 5 Easy Steps
- Gather your tools and prep the space. You need starting soil, a container, scissors or other sharp tool, water, and an existing lavender bush. Fill your container with about 3-4" of soil. You want it deep enough for your cuttings to be able to stand upright.
- Gather your clippings. At the base of your plant there should be some wooded branches extending outward. On those wooded extensions there will be bright green lavender stems emerging. Clip at the base of new growth and set aside. Repeat until you have as many as you desire.
- Prep the cuttings. Remove any leaves from the last 2" of the stem. Scrape the stem with your finger nail to break it open a bit. This will help with root development. Don't damage the stem by fraying it, just make it a bit raw on the surface.
- Plant. Place your clippings upright in the soil. Dampen the soil to the point of being moist, not soaked. Cover with plastic (or lid, if available).
- Place and Grow. Indirect light in a warm space is best. Direct sunlight is too harsh. A south facing window is a great option. Keep the soil most while roots take hold. Once rooted, you can transfer to individual pots.