Lavender from seed – update at nearly four months

It’s taken almost four months, but the plants grown from seed sown in February are now more or less the same size as a micro-module would be at purchase.

This is the same seedling that I've followed all the way through.
This is the same seedling that I’ve followed all the way through.
These are the micro-module (cuttings) that we used to establish a field plot of lavender.
These are the micro-modules (cuttings) that we used to establish a field plot of lavender.

The verdict:

The lavender seeds germinated and emerged very well – and much more quickly than I expected, almost all had emerged within 14 days of sowing.

They grew very slowly – but they weren’t mollycoddled and were outside in very harsh conditions. Definitely not the ideal way to grow them, and it probably set the seedlings back by six weeks to two months.

The blackbirds loved them – they uprooted lots of the seedlings: just pulling them up for fun (same with some lavender cuttings I had growing at the same time).

The slugs loved them.  I planted a lot of seedlings out in a patch in the garden, thinking it would save me bother and produce stronger plants. But the slugs really went for them and I ended up digging the least damaged back up and putting them back in pots. So much for that being labour saving:)

The real proof of whether growing lavender from seed has been a success will only be seen over the next few years. Then I’ll be able to see what the adult plants actually look like and how they perform.

So far, I’d say if you’re not in a hurry and have the time to look after the plants, growing lavender from seeds is really easy. But, if you want a quick result and guaranteed consistency in the appearance of the plants, buying (or taking) cuttings is a better bet.

This was the post showing how things looked like seven weeks after sowing.

And here are a couple of the plants now, four years later (May 2017).

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Lavender (Munstead) sown as seed four years ago just coming into flower, May 2017 (how time flies!)

, just coming into flower.

 

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6 thoughts on “Lavender from seed – update at nearly four months”

  1. I started with 3 or 4 lavender plants abt. 20 years ago. The first two or three years I would find “babies” under the skirts of the plants, which I transplanted. Now I have a row of maybe half a dozen plants that were from the original plants. Ocassionally I will find a baby near or under one of those.

    1. You’re lucky! I’ve heard other people say about the “babies” growing under the adult plants, but I’ve never had any:( Which makes me wonder if the plants I’ve had in the past are actually sterile. Maybe if these seedlings survive, they’ll start to seed themselves one day.

      1. It doesn’t seem to happen every year, but again this year I’ve had a couple seedlings. I don’t know if I’ve missed them in some years, or what.

  2. Its fun to try new ways. I started some wildflowers from seed once and was successful. Its too cold here for lavender. Annie

    1. They were very slow to get started. But now, the ones I’ve kept are full size and you wouldn’t tell the difference between them and a shop bought one (which would generally be grown from a cutting). I’ll try and remember to update with a picture when (if!) the rain ever stops.

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