There are two times of year you should take cuttings for lavender propagation: spring and fall.

For softwood cuttings, you need to wait until mid-late spring, when the stems are a minimum of 3” long and have at least two “nodes”. We like to wait until the stems are at least 4" long, right before buds begin to form. In Sequim (zone 8), we begin our softwood cuttings the second week of May.

Lavender propagation and starts

8 Replies to “Lavender Propagation (Part 2): Cuttings”

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  2. Diana

    Great help

  3. kei

    Thank you for this! It’s wonderfully detailed and the pictures helped a lot!

  4. Stephanie

    Do you water the cuttings everyday till roots form ? How long and often should I water the cuttings ?

    1. Rebecca Olson[ Post Author ]

      Yes! To be clear, you should plant the cuttings as soon as possible after cutting them – unlike some plants, you can’t just leave lavender cuttings in water (without soil) to propagate, because they will rot. So once you’ve planted the cuttings, water them immediately, and then water every day after that. Check out “Step 5″ above for my thoughts on how best to water them. Once you transplant to 3″ pots (after 4-6 weeks) you can water every other day, but I prefer to water every day (but I also ensure my soil for the 3” pots has sand in it to help with speedy drainage.) For information about next steps and transplanting, check out the next blog in the series: Lavender Propagation (Part 3): Care and Transplanting. Good luck!

  5. Emily

    Great information! I want to do that soon, do you think September in zone 5 is too late? Should I wait till next spring? Thanks 🙂

    1. Rebecca Olson[ Post Author ]

      Hello! For softwood cuttings propagation (the instructions for this blog) you need to wait until the spring. It is definitely possible to do hardwood cutting propagation in the fall, but that is not what this blog describes. According to the experts, hardwood cuttings are easier than softwood – so I don’t want to discourage you from trying that. I am planning to try hardwood propagation for the first time this fall and will blog about that as well, but probably not in time for you to read that blog and take the cuttings this year. The general steps are the same, but in terms of when to cut, how to prepare the stems, etc. there will be differences. If you want to do hardwood cuttings, I’m sure you can google other sources and find out how to do it. You could always try doing some hardwood cuttings this fall, and then if they don’t work out, use my softwood cuttings blog to try again in the spring. Keep me posted, and good luck!

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