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I found the step by step instructions on taking lavener cuttings easy to follow. However, step six does not give ytou any indication as to how long you should leave them so that you will know they are well rooted. As a novice gardener I have no way of telling wthout pulling one up and this would be at the risk of disturbing them.
I would like to have had some information regarding how to make a standard lavender and or rosemary out of a normal bush, if it can be done while it is still small, but did not find any information at all.
I would suggest that it pays not to respond too hastily, particularly so if one claims to be a novice gardener. To correct a misapprehension: Monty does not advise one 'to cut it off' but to trim the excess;a case of using one's common sense, surely, and to read accurately the instruction given.
"Once rooting has started, cut...". How do I know that without pulling it and possibly destroying the fragile roots?
"bsknight commented on this article 24 May 2009 "Once rooting has started, cut...". How do I know that without pulling it and possibly destroying the fragile roots?" Lavender and rosemary cuttings take around 4-8 weeks to root. I'd also recommend removing the bag occasionally for a minute or two before they root to help prevent fungal problems.


I find it rather confusing - it says to pull off the cutting with a small piece of bark (heel) attached. It says that this important because it is where the roots will form, then tells you to cut it off! ???
hola! am months late, but, er, would like to add a few more things? primero, two-thirds of the cutting goes into the compost, with only a third above the soil. And you'll know if your cutting has taken by seeing teeny tiny leaves emerging, and that is so exciting! also, you could spray the cutting with a fungicide to prevent botrytis spoiling the fun. Lastly, take loads. Happy propagating!
Actually...Ann's Delight- you don't trim it, you remove the bark piece which covers the little green heel underneath (you don't remove the whole thing damsonsamba). It's easier if you just go and do it and you'll know what he means! This is a forum for people to ask questions about things they don't know and I quite agree that the wording was not clear for people who have never done it before.
for some of my lavender plants i need a licence before i can propigate,why?
Help. I've took some lavender cuttings this week June 2010. My first attempt. Some useful info on how long they should take to root. The guidance says to pot them up individually and grow to a larger size!! So can I still plant them out this year or should I keep them in a grrenhouse/coldframe over the winter?
I have been pulling out a vine that has been growing like a weed very high in a shady part of the garden. It has downy reddish-brown woody stems, similar to a kiwi fruit in appearance/texture. The leaves are green and oval, a couple of inches long. Can anyone identify this for me? Thank you.
ok x for all novice gardeners out there....if you take a lavender patient......don`t be tempted to yank the little plant out of its pot to see if it has roots......leave it in its pot and watch the leaves.....if the plant wants to grow it will smile at you with new leaves....slowly but surely!.... if the cutting that you`ve taken has gone black n mankey..try again...equally dry n crispy:) Never give up...the`re not the easiest plants to take cuttings from.....xx
What's going wrong when leafs of some of the cuttings are turning black ? I took the video-project on propagating herbs as a guide. Dry coarsy medium in individual small pots, placed in a covered propagation box. The cuttings are misted daily. The box itself is placed in the kitchen, kept out of direct sunlight. I've already tried several methods proposed on the web... At least one should do, I may hope ? Any advice ? Thanks in advance.
Whenever I have tried to take lavender cuttings in the past they have always failed to take, and I think this is because they have become mildewed inside the plastic bag before the roots have become established. I keep reading that these cuttings propagate easily! Mine must be dying off just to spite me then! :-)
Once cutting has been established a) do I loosen the individual plant and plant it on it's own or b) do I plonk the whole lot into the prepared ground please . Thank you.


Thanks for the info.Sounds easy enough but from the other comments, I gather this isn't the case.Anyway nothing beats a try - here goes - let you know how I get on.
Have planted my first lavender cuttings and the teeny tiny leaves are now appearing. Have been wondering how long to leave them but will make haste slowly, especially as it is now too cold to put them out. I did not use rooting powder so am keeping my fingers crossed instead!
Can I take curry plant cuttings in this way or like the Rosemary cuttings?

Is it beneficial to put a handful of grit on top of the compost to protect cuttings during propagation?

There are a lot of unanswered questions on this blog. I'd love to hear a little more from GW expert. I've never ever been successful either propagating lavender or growing it from seed, and I can grow most things (sorry, don't mean to sound immodest! Just lucky with green fingers). I think it's to do with mould, and I definitely wouldn't cover lavender cuttings with plastic. I've heard that they hate wet soil but you should mist the leaves. Anyway, I'll be having yet another go this June - never say die - but would like further guidance additional to the article/video