Lavender Germination Information

Lavender Seed Germination How to Sow Lavender:

  • Best sown indoors at alternating temperatures of 55 and 72°
  • NO cover is needed as light aids in germination
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors with barely any cover
  • Sow outdoors in early spring or late fall
  • Indoors and out, expect germination in 15-20 days
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Lavender:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space 12 inches apart in full sun

Soil: Site in a neutral to alkaline, light, rich, sandy, well-drained soil

Additional Care: The stems will become woody with age and plants can become scraggly and ragged looking. Prune plants in the spring to keep them compact and to promote a full canopy

Appearance and Use:

This handsome herb should be a denizen of every herb garden and flower border. The 12-30 inch plants form upright mounds of gray-colored, highly aromatic foliage. In mid to late summer plants are covered in delicate spikes of purple, lavender, or pink, fragrant flowers that float above the plant on slender stems. Harvest the flower spikes when the buds just begin to open and hang them upside down by their stems in a shady, cool, dry location. Harvest the leaves for use in cooking wild game and to extract an oil used in soaps, lotions, and perfumes


About Lavender:
Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia
Pronunciation:  lå-van’du-lå an-gus-ti-fo’le-å
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Lamiaceae; native to the Mediterranean