How To Propagate Lavender Plants From Cuttings (2022)

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Propagating lavender isn’t difficult, and it’s a fun way to get more plants for your garden. In this post, I’ll show you everything you need to know about how to propagate lavender cuttings, with detailed step by step instructions.

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Once you learn how to propagate lavender plants from your garden, you’ll be able to grow as much of it as you want. Plus you can share it with your friends and family too!

In this post, I’ll talk about different lavender propagation methods, tell you when is the best time to do it, and show you how to take and prepare the cuttings.

Then I’ll give you the detailed step by step propagation instructions for exactly how to be successful rooting lavender in either soil or water.

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Lavender Propagation Methods

There are a few different ways you can propagate lavender plants: by rooting the stems in soil, by rooting the cuttings in water, or from seed.

In this post, I’m only going to talk about how to propagate lavender from cuttings taken from mature plants, and then rooting them either in water or soil. I’ll save the seed starting post for another day.

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When To Propagate Lavender

The best time to propagate lavender is during mid-late summer during their active growing season, and when it’s hot and humid outside.

If you take cuttings too late in the summer, or in the fall when the plant is starting to go dormant for the winter, they may not root.

How To Take Lavender Cuttings

Before taking cuttings, make sure that you prepare the soil or vase of water first (see steps below for details). Don’t let them dry out or shrivel before you try propagating them.

There are a few things you need to look for before you take cuttings from your lavender plants…

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  • Ideally you should take cuttings of branches that haven’t flowered yet. Flowering takes a lot of energy from the plant, and a branch that hasn’t flowered will be able to put all of that energy into growing new roots instead.
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  • It’s also best to take cuttings from a mature lavender plant rather than one that’s brand new or immature. That way, you’ll feel confident that there’s plenty of energy for the cuttings to form strong roots.

Once you find the perfect branch, cut it from the plant at the base of the stem.

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Take cuttings that are several inches long. Each stem you remove should have 3-5 leaf nodes, but still have several inches of growth at the top.

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Preparing Lavender Cuttings For Propagation

After taking cuttings from your lavender plant, remove the bottom 3-5 sets of leaves from the stem. You can pinch them off with your fingernail, or snip them off with a sharp pair of clippers.

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Removing the bottom leaves will create small wounds on the stems, and that’s where the roots will grow out of.

Longer stems make it easier to propagate lavender plants because there will be more area to stick into the dirt/water, and that gives you a better chance of rooting.

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If any of the stems have already started to flower, simply snip or pinch off the flower spike to encourage the cutting to put that energy into growing new roots.

A cutting with a flower on it is probably not going to root, because it will waste all its energy on bud formation.

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How To Propagate Lavender Step-By-Step

Below I will walk you through the steps for propagating lavender in soil, and also in water. The steps are different for each, but not complicated.

Propagating Lavender In Soil

Before you can propagate lavender in soil, you’ll need to collect a few supplies. Don’t worry, you won’t need a bunch of expensive equipment – and you probably already have some of this stuff on hand.

Supplies Needed:

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See my detailed list of the best .

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Step 1: Plan for humidity – If you’re going to be propagating lavender inside the house or outside in a dry climate, you’ll need to add humidity.

It will be easiest to use a propagator, or cover your cuttings with a plastic bag if you put them in a pot. Simply tent the bag over the top, making sure it doesn’t touch any part of the cuttings.

But if you live in a humid climate like I do, lavender cuttings will root pretty quickly outside in a shady spot.

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Step 2: Dust stems with rooting hormone – Right after you finish preparing your cuttings, dip the stems in rooting hormone.

Rooting hormone helps them root faster, and gives you a better chance of success!

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Step 3: Make holes in the dirt – Before sticking the cutting into the soil, make a hole with your finger first.

That way the rooting hormone won’t rub off when you stick the cutting into the soil.

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Step 4: Place the cutting into the hole – Stick the cutting into the hole that you made, then press soil around the stem.

Gently packing the soil like this will ensure that the cutting stays firm in the pot, and also that the soil comes in good contact with the stem.

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Step 5: Add the rest of the cuttings – Repeat the same step to put the rest of the stems into the soil. You can put several cuttings into one large pot or your propagation chamber.

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But try to space them apart far enough so they don’t touch each other. This will ensure adequate airflow, and will help to avoid molding or rotting of the cuttings.

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Step 6: Cover the cuttings with plastic (optional) – If you’re using a propagation box, then simply put the lid on it. Otherwise, tent a plastic bag over the entire pot to help provide extra humidity around the cuttings.

If it’s humid outside, then you can skip this step. But remember, lavender cuttings need high humidity in order to form roots.

Step 7: Put the cuttings into a safe spot – Place the pot or propagation box in a spot where they will be protected from sun, wind, and heavy rain during propagation.

Keep the soil evenly moist, but not wet. Check on them daily to make sure the soil never dries out completely. You can also mist the cuttings if you’re not using plastic.

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Once you start to see new growth at the top of the cuttings, that’s a good indication that they have started to grow roots.

It takes 3-6 weeks for them to develop roots, depending on the temperature and humidity level. If you’re starting them indoors, adding bottom heat will speed things up, and helps the cuttings root faster.

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Propagating Lavender In Water

Propagating lavender in water is even easier than using soil. BUT there is a downside!

Cuttings rooted in water have a harder time being transplanted than those that are propagated in soil. So keep in mind that you may have a lower survival rate when you root them in water.

It’s fun to experiment though, so I encourage you to try both methods to see which one works the best for you! Here’s how to propagate lavender in water…

Supplies Needed:

  • Vase (I like to use a clear vase so I can easily see when the roots start to form)
  • Tepid water
  • Decorative rock (optional)

Step 1: Put decorative rock in bottom of vase (optional) – I like to put an inch or so of decorative rock into the bottom of my vase.

That will make it more sturdy, and looks nice too. It’s totally optional though, and won’t help the cuttings root any faster.

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Step 2: Fill the vase with water – Pour room temperature (tepid) water into the vase until it’s about 1/2 – 3/4 full. I prefer to use filtered, distilled, or rainwater, but you can use tap water if that’s your only option.

Step 3: Add the cuttings – Put your lavender stems into the vase of water just like you would with fresh cut flowers.

Step 4: Check for leaves touching the water – Don’t allow any of the leaves to touch the water, or they will only rot.

If any leaves are in the water, you can dump some of the water out of the vase. Or pull out the cuttings, remove the offending leaves, then place the stems back into the vase.

Roots may start forming in water a little faster than in soil, depending on the humidity and heat levels. But wait until there are several thick roots before you attempt to pot them up.

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Tips For Transplanting Rooted Lavender Cuttings

Once the roots are established, it’s time to transplant your lavender starts into their own pots. At this point, you can move them into the sun, and allow the soil to dry out a bit between waterings.

After your baby lavender plants become established in their new pot, you can plant them into the garden. I recommend planting them on a shady day, or in the early evening after the intense heat of the sun has passed.

Be sure to keep them well watered until they become established in the garden, otherwise they may not survive the transplant shock.

Learn more in my comprehensive lavender plant care guide!

Lavender Propagation FAQs

In this section, I’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about propagating lavender. If you can’t find your answer anywhere, then ask it in the comments below.

Can you root lavender in water?

Yes! Follow the steps in the section above called “Rooting Lavender Cuttings In Water” to learn exactly how to do it.

How long do lavender cuttings take to root?

It can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks for roots to develop on lavender cuttings. The warmer and more humid it is, the faster they will root.

Can I propagate lavender without rooting powder?

Yes. You don’t need rooting hormone when you propagate lavender. But you’ll have much better success rooting cuttings in soil when you use it. It’s not very expensive to buy, and easy to find at any garden center.

Propagating lavender is pretty darn easy, and rewarding too. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll have tons of baby lavender starts to share with friends and family, or to fill your garden beds.

Propagating plants is fun and addicting! If you want to learn how to propagate even more of your favorite plants, then you will love my Plant Propagation eBook. It has everything you need to get started using basic propagation methods to propagate any plant that you want! Download your copy today.

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Share your lavender propagation tips in the comments section below!

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FAQs

Can you root lavender cuttings in water? ›

Can you propagate lavender in water? Lavender can be propagated using water. However, because lavender is susceptible to root rot, it can be tricky and we have found that soil propagation is the best method for our needs.

Can you regrow lavender from cuttings? ›

If you're new to plant propagation, taking lavender cuttings in summer is a good way to start as they root easily and will provide you with lots of new plants for free. Choose non-flowered shoots of this year's growth and ensure that they're free from pests and disease.

What month do you take lavender cuttings? ›

Best Time to Take Lavender Cuttings

As mentioned, the best time to take your cuttings or cuttings is between June and September. However, if you are taking softwood cuttings, then you should be aware that this can only be done in the spring when the growth is both fresh and young.

How long do lavender cuttings take to root? ›

Lavender Cuttings Care

Softwood cuttings from lavender root in two to four weeks, and hardwood cuttings take a little longer. Check to see if the stems have roots by giving them a gentle tug. If you feel resistance, the stem has roots holding it in place.

Does honey work as a rooting hormone? ›

The reason honey works well as a natural rooting hormone is because it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Honey protects the cuttings from pathogens and allows the natural rooting hormones in the cutting to stimulate root growth.

Why do my lavender cuttings keep dying? ›

The reasons why your lavender cuttings keep dying: dry soil – not enough water – use a spray bottle and spray/water/mist it a few times a day. soaked soil – roots rot – stop watering. exposure to strong and direct sunlight – move your cuttings to a shady location.

How do you start a lavender plant? ›

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Can You Keep lavender in water? ›

Fresh, cut lavender bunches can be put in a vase of water for 2-3 days. They will last up to 10 days in water, but if you want to dry the bunches, remove from water after 3 days, cut off brown parts of the stem and hang to dry.

Do lavender plants spread? ›

Lavender grows well in containers or you can plant a lavender hedge to outline the landscape. What is this? Once planted, the hedge grows about one to two feet tall, and each plant will spread from one to five feet.

Which lavender is most fragrant? ›

Commonly grown in the lavender fields of France, 'Grosso' lavandin plants are the most fragrant of all lavenders. Its strongly scented purple flowers are often used in making perfumes and sachets.

What to do with lavender after it blooms? ›

Lightly prune, harvest, or deadhead blooms throughout the growing season. Then towards the end of summer, prune the shrub into a rounded mound of foliage. Most gardening resources recommend taking off no more than one-third of the plant.

How fast does lavender grow? ›

Lavender is a slow grower and may take one to three months to reach transplanting size. The greatest threat to lavender seeds and seedlings is fungus. Keep soil mix moist, but provide good air circulation to help reduce disease outbreaks.

Can you plant lavender cuttings straight into the ground? ›

Lavender cuttings can be moved into individual pots or planted straight into the garden as soon as the roots are an inch or two long. In the potting medium, this will take a couple of weeks. In water, root growth will be faster.

How often should lavender be watered? ›

How to Care for Lavender. Water once or twice a week after planting until plants are established. Water mature plants every two to three weeks until buds form, then once or twice weekly until harvest. (Yellowing leaves are often a sign of overwatering.)

Does lavender come back every year? ›

If you have lavender plants that are hardy in your growing zone (see our Lavender 101 post for more information on this), it is likely that they will return year after year for a decade or two. But even the toughest perennials may still look quite grisly after their long winter dormancy.

Can vinegar be used as rooting hormone? ›

Making Vinegar Rooting Hormone

A teaspoon of vinegar in 5 to 6 cups (1.2-1.4 L.) of water is enough. Any type of apple cider vinegar at your local supermarket is fine. To use your homemade rooting hormone, dip the bottom of the cutting in the solution before “sticking” the cutting in rooting medium.

How do you encourage the roots to grow from cuttings? ›

To promote root growth, create a rooting solution by dissolving an aspirin in water. 3. Give your new plant time to acclimate from water to soil. If you root your cutting in water, it develops roots that are best adapted to get what they need from water rather than from soil, Clark pointed out.

Is cinnamon good for rooting plants? ›

Cinnamon as a rooting agent is as useful as willow water or hormone rooting powder. A single application to the stem when you plant the cutting will stimulate root growth in almost every plant variety. Give your cuttings a quick start with the help of cinnamon powder.

Can lavender grow in pots? ›

Any lavender variety will grow in a container and can be clipped in decorative balls and cones, but some are better suited than others. They produce flowers fast and maintain a manageable size in pots.

Should you deadhead lavender? ›

Is Deadheading Absolutely Necessary? While deadheading can encourage new blooms and tidy up your plants, it's not absolutely necessary. Lavenders cope just fine with their old blooms still attached, and they normally fall off after a couple of months anyway.

Can lavender get too much sun? ›

Lavenders need full sun and will not grow well in the shade. Lavender planted in the wrong type of pot or container. (Pots need to be 16 inches across and have drainage holes in the base.

How long does it take cuttings to root? ›

If not, cover the pot and cuttings with a plastic bag and place in a warm, brightly lit room, as with deciduous hardwood cuttings. Providing light is essential for successful rooting of these cuttings. Check for roots once a month. It may take three or four months for roots to develop.

How do you root lavender in water? ›

Put the lavender branches in the water so that the 2 inch stem where you stripped the leaves is dunked and sits in the water. Be sure to keep the 2 inches covered in water at all times at least until roots form. Once roots form you have to make sure the roots remain under water to allow them to keep growing strong.

What month does lavender bloom? ›

Flowering typically occurs as early as May (in areas with mild summers and winters) with another flush of blooms in June followed by another flush of color in late summer or fall.

What does Overwatered lavender look like? ›

Overwatered lavender may have yellowing leaves, initially on the lower leaves. Dropping, a rotting odor, and of course sodden soil are also indicators of an overwatered lavender dying. Underwatered lavender will droop and the soil will feel completely dried out.

What can I do with lavender stems? ›

Cut stems short and use them as fire starters for your outdoor fire pit, fireplace, or stove. As stems are full of oil, they are good fire starters. I use them all the time for my fireplace. Cut them very short and use them as part of the lavender potpourri.

Can you freeze fresh lavender? ›

Okay to freeze up to 6 months. Freezing breaks down the plant cell structure and changes the texture of fresh herbs when they thaw.

What happens if you don't prune lavender? ›

If you don't prune lavender, the plant will quickly become leggy and woody, and won't be able to hold its own weight very well. This means the stems will flop over when heavy with flowers, causing the plant to spread out and exposing more of the old wood in the plant.

Can you split lavender and replant? ›

A: It's fairly easy to transplant a lavender plant, but you can't divide them. Lavenders are woody shrubs and if you split one down the middle, it will die. The best time to move lavender is in late winter and early spring.

Does lavender need sun or shade? ›

Lavenders demand full sun, although afternoon shade may be appreciated in the hottest climates. Plants are very drought resistant once established, but will flower better if not allowed to dry out.

How long does lavender take to root in water? ›

It takes 3-6 weeks for them to develop roots, depending on the temperature and humidity level. If you're starting them indoors, adding bottom heat will speed things up, and helps the cuttings root faster.

Can lavender live just in water? ›

Lavender cuttings can be rooted in water very simply.

How do you grow lavender in water? ›

Put the lavender branches in the water so that the 2 inch stem where you stripped the leaves is dunked and sits in the water. Be sure to keep the 2 inches covered in water at all times at least until roots form. Once roots form you have to make sure the roots remain under water to allow them to keep growing strong.

Can You Keep lavender in water? ›

Fresh, cut lavender bunches can be put in a vase of water for 2-3 days. They will last up to 10 days in water, but if you want to dry the bunches, remove from water after 3 days, cut off brown parts of the stem and hang to dry.

Do lavender plants spread? ›

Lavender grows well in containers or you can plant a lavender hedge to outline the landscape. What is this? Once planted, the hedge grows about one to two feet tall, and each plant will spread from one to five feet.

Does lavender come back every year? ›

If you have lavender plants that are hardy in your growing zone (see our Lavender 101 post for more information on this), it is likely that they will return year after year for a decade or two. But even the toughest perennials may still look quite grisly after their long winter dormancy.

How often should lavender be watered? ›

How to Care for Lavender. Water once or twice a week after planting until plants are established. Water mature plants every two to three weeks until buds form, then once or twice weekly until harvest. (Yellowing leaves are often a sign of overwatering.)

Can lavender be a houseplant? ›

Growing Lavender Indoors

Coming from the Mediterranean region, lavender is a good plant to grow indoors because it does well in pots and doesn't need that much attention or maintenance. Lavender plants can also brighten up your home with their purple flowers and fresh aroma.

Can you grow lavender in pots? ›

Lavender also grows quite well in containers. In the Deep South, it actually does better in pots, as it benefits from improved drainage and air circulation. While the plants thrive in arid Western climates, they are usually considered annuals in the South.

Should I deadhead lavender plant? ›

Is Deadheading Absolutely Necessary? While deadheading can encourage new blooms and tidy up your plants, it's not absolutely necessary. Lavenders cope just fine with their old blooms still attached, and they normally fall off after a couple of months anyway.

Can you plant lavender cuttings straight into the ground? ›

Lavender cuttings can be moved into individual pots or planted straight into the garden as soon as the roots are an inch or two long. In the potting medium, this will take a couple of weeks. In water, root growth will be faster.

Which lavender is most fragrant? ›

Commonly grown in the lavender fields of France, 'Grosso' lavandin plants are the most fragrant of all lavenders. Its strongly scented purple flowers are often used in making perfumes and sachets.

What can you do with lavender trimmings? ›

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Does lavender need full sun? ›

Lavenders demand full sun, although afternoon shade may be appreciated in the hottest climates. Plants are very drought resistant once established, but will flower better if not allowed to dry out.

What month does lavender bloom? ›

Flowering typically occurs as early as May (in areas with mild summers and winters) with another flush of blooms in June followed by another flush of color in late summer or fall.

What to do with lavender after it blooms? ›

Cut lavender stems back after they finish flowering for the first time to encourage a second flush of blooms. Shape your plant as desired, cutting into green growth about 1 to 3 inches below the flowers. Garden Gate Magazine suggests keeping the outside stems lower than the middle stems. Do not cut into old wood.

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