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Has anyone grown Lavender from seeds successfully?

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    • #33911
      sadoldgirl
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      Early January I stratified my seeds for 25 days on

      paper in the fridge, then put them under light for

      a while at ~70 degrees. When I saw tiny roots coming

      out I transferred them carefully into my potting mix.

      It has been ~14 days and nothing seems to come up.

      Was this a lost cause or am I too impatient?

    • #33997
      Haikugal
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      I’m watching this because I have the same questions…I have a nice Lavender plant on my deck and I tried to mix sand into the potting soil to help it drain and prevent rot but I don’t know if it made it through winter yet.

      I have seeds for Lavender and your question may provide experience I don’t have. Thanks!

    • #34114
      sadoldgirl
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      I’ll let you know whether they come up or not. They

      are slow growers, and I should have started this in

      the middle of December. At any rate, I followed

      the google video on “starting Lavender from seeds”.

    • #34126
      NJCher
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      interesting. I will check for that video. I have never grown them from seed but I’ve tried other herbs–and failed.

      My friend a few blocks away has a lavender patch so I plan to ask her for a few starts.

       

       

    • #50007
      alcina
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      One thing I found that helped was making my own potting soil. Lavender prefers alkaline soil, and most potting mixes use peat, which increases the acidity. It also needs good drainage. Last year, I got about 75% germination using a mix of vermiculite and coconut coir, which provided both the drainage and the alkalinity. I believe they sprouted in a few weeks, and they were all nice little plants by the end of the summer.

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