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I was struck by the way Carol Klein propagated heather in the last episode (26, 2013) of Gardener's World. The question that I pose myself is whether this also works for lavender, as the problem with the woody base applies also to it, and as it, too, seems to set root rather easily. So is "burying" it up to the green neck also an option for lavender? I'd appreciate an answer very much. Thanks in advance, Thomas Claviez
I've read that you can bury a lavender plant leaving the green tips showing and then propagate from these when they have rooted. Haven't tried it myself though
Me too. Cuttings are so easy that I have never bothered, as is seed for the species.
They do hate root disturbance so it would not do them any good to be dug up and replanted deeper if they are an established plant at least. You might get away with it if it was a younger plant.
Not sure you can do that with lavender. You would simply kill it. I've been "propagating" heathers by replanting deeper for years. I was into heathers, conifers and island beds when Adrian Bloom (my inspiration for foliage colour) was famous for it......30 years ago? Thought his foggy bottom garden was fantastic. This replanting of heathers is foolproof however I dont plant as deep as carol Kleine did. It looked awful. When I do it the heather still performs and looks good now whilst the plant is still regenerating itself. I lower the plant by about 4" not 12"
Thank you all for these replies. I have had them in pots up to now, so I wouldn't need to dig them out, but just put them in. I was just wondering if Carol's version would be the one to go, once I want to plant them in, since they already have some dark inches below their green. I could of course take cuttings - I've done that before - but that option would allow me to put them in in one piece, and have quite a large plant next year - provided that the method works.
If you go to the projects category, full instructions are there.
If you used grit to bury it you might get away with it. I've increased dianthus like that. Rotting would be a big danger though.
That's interesting nut. Might try that with dianthus with gritty compost.
there wasn't any compost Verdun, just grit. From the aquarium shop. The GCs round here never have anything between too coarse and fine sand.
Finally started taking some cuttings recently, are lavender that easy to take cuttings from? I have one that I inherited in some very damp soil and partial shade, been gently pruning it after it flowered and it looks all the better for it. I'm not a big fan of the plant but in the right place, it might be good