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How to take lavender cuttings


If you're new to plant propagation, taking lavender cuttings in summer is a good way to start. Choose non-flowered shoots of this year's growth and ensure that they're free from pests and disease.

You can also take summer cuttings of other plants, including rosemary, roses and penstemons. Feeling inspired? Take a look at five other ways to increase your stock of plants through propagation, or browse our propagation projects.

Follow our simple step-by-step guide below to get more fragrant lavender plants, for free.

How to do it


Choose sideshoots as cuttings, pulling these away from the main stem with a thin strip of bark, or heel, still attached.


This heel is important as it is where the roots of the new plant will develop. Trim off the small flap of excess bark with a knife.


Remove the lower pairs of leaves so that the cutting has a length of bare stem that can be cleanly inserted into the compost.


Dip the cut end of each cutting into rooting hormone. Insert several cuttings around the edge of small pots of gritty compost.


Water the compost well then cover the whole pot with a clear polythene bag to maintain a humid atmosphere around the cuttings.


Put the pots in a warm, shaded place. Once rooting has started (usually after four to six weeks), cut the corner of the bag to increase ventilation. Remove the bag completely after a few weeks. Leave cuttings in place until they are well rooted, then pot up individually.

Our tip

Grow plants to a larger size before planting out in their final positions. Protect cuttings under glass or a cold frame in winter.

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wadie 24/11/2011 at 15:27

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.

lynx59 24/11/2011 at 15:27

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.

ann'sdelight 24/11/2011 at 15:28

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.

bsknight 24/11/2011 at 15:28

"Once rooting has started, cut...". How do I know that without pulling it and possibly destroying the fragile roots?

theoldpunk 24/11/2011 at 15:28

"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.

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