Lavender not germinating

hillarysd(6)May 17, 2010

I'm attempting to start some lavender, purely for the fragrant aroma. I have probably 20 seeds nestled in 3" pots and have seen no activity to speak of... I am keeping them moist, and relatively warm, (no cooler than 70 degrees F) and would appreciate suggestions!

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

How long have they been sown for? It can be slow, taking up to a month to germinate. Also maybe they are TOO moist - that's one of the commonest reasons things go wrong with seeds.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 8:36AM
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Oh... they've only been seeded since 4/30... Perhaps I'm just being impatient, which is pretty much par for the course where I'm concerned. Too moist you think? Hmm, it's possible, I don't let the soil dry out at all. I'll keep that in mind... A WHOLE MONTH!?!?! And I was hoping for instant gratification! ;)

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 1:48PM
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kemistry(8 - Oregon)

i would sown a bunch of seeds and forget about them for a while. : )I only watered my pot once, then occasionally i would do a light misting. Mine would pop up in 2-3 weeks.

Perhaps you could try the wet paper towel/zip lock bag method?

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 8:44PM
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kemistry(8 - Oregon)

btw, my seeds were sown indoor last Winter, temp was around 60-70. If your place has warmed up, then check on the pot more often, mist when necessary and don't let the soil dries out.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 9:04PM
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star_stuff(Greensboro NC 7a)

LOL, one month, that's nothing! I started a bunch of lavender seeds IN MARCH, and still ZERO germination!

And so it goes...

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 2:42AM
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nygardener(z6 New York)

Even indoors, with a humidity dome and all that, it took 3-4 weeks to germinate them for me. I drilled small holes in the dome because lavender likes to germinate at somewhat lower temps than many plants  if I remember right, 65-70° is ideal.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 11:16PM
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karen_b(6a s.c. PA)

I've had the best success wintersowing lavender. Also, it took most plants 2-3 years before they bloomed. Another thing to take into consideration is that lavender plants (like many other perennial herbs) sown from seed may not necessarily be true to the charecteristic you may expect from a plant propogated from a root of a parent plant.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 11:20PM
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Still waiting... I was aware of mint having the issue of not being true to character, but I've never read that of lavender. Hmmm... I have moved them outside into the sun. Is this too a mistake? The temperature is 85 today, I spose I will fail and live this whole year sans lavender... :*(

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 3:11PM
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Thought I would post a follow up... Still no germination. So, instead I opted for live plant cuttings, and they are thriving! So much for patience...

    Bookmark   June 6, 2010 at 4:17PM
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lily51(OH 5)

My true lavender took a week to germinate, then about a month before i transplanted into a 4 pack, than another before ready for a small pot. poor rate of germination tho

Lady lavenda does much, much better and blooms the first year. I started feb 17, germ feb 30, transplant feb 14, into pots on april 10. very good germination rate.

trays instead of pots for germination might work beter.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 6:23AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Now you've given up they are almost guaranteed to germinate in their millions.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 1:37PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Truer words were never spoken!


    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 7:43PM
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I want to start some lavender seeds, what is the best soil and temperature for them?

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 4:36PM
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albertine(z5b Idaho)

I'm trying some myself, last year was a bust, so am going with a cold stratification for a while (sowed into pots with moist soils, put into cold room to sit) -

from the Horizon Herbs catalog -

A 2-week period of moist, cold-conditioning prior to sowing in a warm place will improve germination.

Here is a link that might be useful: Horizon catalog

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 3:03PM
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