When should I plant lavender seeds?

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Should I plant them now or wait until spring and sow them in my garden. Are then perennial or annual? Do they need to be contained in a planter. I heard they spread like wild fire. How do you control them?

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  • Em Em on Dec 06, 2018

    Start the seed early and place the seed tray on a heat mat or in a warm location so that your lavender seeds germinate well. Rather than a traditional potting mix, use a very light mix or fine vermiculite that drains very quickly. The seedlings will germinate in about two weeks and will take a while to look like lavender. Make sure that the lavender seedlings get sufficient water, but do not let them stay damp, and place them in full sunlight for maximum health. When your lavenders have several sets of leaves on them, put them into their final location, but check them regularly to make sure they have not been knocked over by animals, or dislodged by rain. Once the lavenders are settled in the ground they will grow slowly the first year, but most of them will bloom, and by next year you will have a splendid supply of lavender to plant into a hedge or use as a colorful border for your perennial bed.

    • Deb Deb on Jan 03, 2019

      Thank you for answering my question. I never would have thought of a heating pad. Good thought I will set it on low. Thanks for the thought....Deb

  • E s desanna E s desanna on Dec 06, 2018

    I've never had much luck with direct seeding. Start in pods 10 weeks before outdoor planting season, according to your location. I have not seen lavendar go wild. They are perennial sub-shrubs, that can be pruned if needed, or bloom sprays harvested.

    • Deb Deb on Jan 03, 2019

      Thank you for answering my question. I will start them in March as winter doesnt end here in Maine until the end of April ,the beginning of May. This way they will be ready to put in the ground by the end of May after the "MUD" season...Thanks...Deb

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Dec 06, 2018

    Lavender really hard to start from seed.Where do you live? Do you want to do this inside or outside? What kind of lavender seeds do you have(some grow easier) No they do not "spread like wild fire".They are perennial and can live for years. This is good video for help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z4yxBvepCk Here's great info. on this plant & help if you ever get it established https://gardenerspath.com/plants/herbs/grow-lavender/ Plant lavender in well drained soil they are drought tolerant,do best in plain old clay pots and not disturbed/transplanted alot. I love lavender & rosemary too

  • Oliva Oliva on Dec 31, 2018

    Lavender plants are quite inexpensive, given their mature growth size, tolerance for slopes, low water needs, fragrance that repels animals, etc.

  • Deb Deb on Jan 03, 2019

    Thank you for the reply. I have been having replys that tell me they are difficult to plant from seed. I live in upper Maine where the winters are harsh and long. Plus I would have to wait until "MUD" season ends before planting. I am thinking of purchaseing plants that are already established, if I can find them. Thanks for your reply....Deb

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