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How To: Lavender Cuttings

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Taking cuttings is an easy way to multiply the number of plants you have, without having to spend any money! You can take cuttings throughout the year but the best time to do so is in spring or autumn. Lavender has to be one of my all-time favourite herbs, so I can't possibly have too many plants growing in the garden.

You will need:

- Compost

- Vermiculite

- Potting Grit

- Pots of any kind

- Sharp Knife/ Secetuers

... and of course, lavender!

Step one

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Take healthy cuttings from the lavender plant. You want to make sure that you are choosing stems that have fresh new growth on top. It is essential to plant the cuttings as quickly as possible if you want a better chance of them rooting.

Step Two

Strip the stem of all lower leaves (approx 3 inches) until you are left with a small amount of newer growth on top.

Step Three

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Using a sharp knife/secateurs cut just below a leaf node. Nodes look like small bumps placed evenly up the stem.

Step Four

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With your fingers, scrap the skin of one side of the stem so that you are exposing the green underneath.

Step Five

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Fill a pot with half vermiculite half compost. Vermiculite is a mineral that expands when heated providing the plants with good drainage while helping them retain moisture. Then, place cuttings around the edge of the pot and water in well.

* Optional* Step Six

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Add potting grit to keep the heat in and secure the cuttings in place.

After Care:

- Water every two weeks or mist regularly

- Keep in a warm environment undercover

- Label each pot with the name of the cutting and the date you planted it

- When you start to see fresh growth, it means the cutting has established a happy root system (yay!), so go ahead and pot each cutting in individual pots. Plant out the following spring.

And that's it, no trip to the plant centre needed! A garden full of the sweet smell of lavender awaits.

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Louise Smith