- Author: Tina Saravia
Every year, I buy at least one new lavender (Lavandula sp.) plant. Each year, I kill at least one.
Many years ago, before I moved to this house, I took cuttings of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and rooted them. Those rooted cuttings are now part of my front yard garden,10 years old and still thriving. So I ask myself, why I don't do the same with my other plants? I already take cuttings of tree collards all the time, that's why I have close to 20 5-6 foot tall plants that not only provide some shade but also keep us (people and chicken) fed all year-'round. It all started from one store-bought 4-inch plant. From now on, I'm going to take cuttings from every plant I buy.
It's time to brush up on stem cutting propagation:
According to this digital publication from the University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources, I can take semi-hardwood cuttings of lavender in late summer and autumn before the first frost: https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8135.pdf
I better get started right away.