7 Steps Tutorial How To Prune Lavender + Propagation [Gardening Tips]
- Bamboo stick or pencil
Lavender is one of the best plants to have at home in a vase because it's easy to cultivate and it has an incredible smell. To make them last longer you should keep them in a place where they receive at least a few hours of direct sunlight. Pruning the lavender will also help their growth and you can take lavender cuttings to propagate it. I'll teach you now how to prune lavender and propagate it by taking lavender cuttings so you can have new plants for free and replace the old ones.
Step 1: Gather the materials
As I don't have secateurs, I'm using a kitchen scissor. The size of the vase and amount of soil will depend on how many lavender cuttings you're taking.
Step 2: When to prune lavender
The best seasons to cut back your lavender are at the beginning of Spring or Autumn. Choose a day that it's not so warm or so cold because extreme temperatures might rot the stems.
Step 3: Cutting back lavender
Choose stems that are healthy, soft, and don't have buds or flowers. Cut it with about 10cm.
Step 4: Remove the leaves at the base
Remove the leaves at the base of the lavender cutting. This part will be buried in the soil. And the leaves at the top will be responsible for the photosynthesis. In case you have rooting hormone powder, dip the cutting into it. It'll help it create roots faster.
Step 5: Prepare the vase for propagation
Fill the pot with the soil and using a stick make a hole for your lavender cutting.
Step 6: Put the lavender cutting in the pot
Put the cutting base of your lavender inside the hole and press the soil very gently to keep it in place. You don't want to press it too hard so the roots can grow easily.
Step 7: Lavender propagation is done
Water the lavender just enough to keep the soil humid. If it's too cold where you leave, you can cover the pot with a clear plastic bag secured with an elastic band for the first month. But if it's warm you might need to water it every day. Always check the humidity of the soil by inserting your finger into it. Place the lavender in a partial shade area while the roots grow. After 3 to 4 weeks you can transplant it to a larger vase or your garden.