- Mature Lavender Plant
- Small Pot
- Rooting Powder (optional)
- Pick a good mature plant from which to take the cutting, ideally from a branch that hasn’t flowered yet as flowering takes a great deal of energy and may weaken the ability of the branch to propagate
- Next get your secateurs or scissors as the case may be and take a cutting which is a good few inches/centimetres long as we will be removing the leaves from the bottom portion of the cutting
- Remove the leaves from the bottom of the cutting, you can do this with your fingers. It is from these lesions on the stem that the roots will form and the more of them that are in the pot, the better the chance of the plants rooting
- You will need to prepare the soil for the lavender to propagate in. To do this get a pot and fill it with a mixture of compost and vermiculite, you will need about 2/3 compost 1/3 vermiculite. The vermiculite helps to give your pot good drainage so that the new plants don't get too much water.
- Now take the cuttings that you have prepared and dip them in the rooting hormone before placing them evenly around the edge of the pot
- Lavender is easy to propagate, so you don’t have to use rooting hormone but they will root faster and you will have less failures if you do use it.
- Now with a small bit of care and attention you will have a whole new lavender plant in approximately 4 weeks. You will need to leave the pot in a sheltered shady place outside where it is protected from the wind and doesn't get too much sunshine.
Keep an eye on our blog to see how the children got on when they bring back their plants in 4 weeks time.
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