Collecting and storing lavender seeds from your garden is a great way to create more lavender plants without having to spend any money. Lavender seeds are easy to collect and germinate at home.
Lavender is a hardy plant with beautiful fragrant blooms which begin to appear in the spring. Lavender seeds are collected from the dried blooms. You may find new plants will germinate on their own around the existing plants if you leave the blooms on the plant however cutting the spent blooms will promote more flowers.
Consider using your new plants to create a lavender hedge around a garden bed or as a border along a driveway. Plant the lavender seedlings 10 inches (25cm) apart then fertilize with liquid fertilizer every two weeks for the quickest results.
Collecting Lavender Seeds
It is best to pick the dried blooms after any morning dew has dried. The seeds can be tan or black in color and are found at the base of each individual bloom. Not all blooms will contain seeds so it is always best to pick more than you will need.
Tools and Materials Needed
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How to Collect Lavender Seeds
- Cut the Flowerheads
Let the lavender flowers dry on their stems. When you don’t see any green on the flowerhead they are ready to be picked. Cut the flower with pruners or sharp scissors then place in a container.
- Leave to Dry
Leave the open container in an area with good circulation for a few days to let the flowers finish drying.
- Dislodge the Seeds
Rub the flowers between your fingers to dislodge the seeds then discard the flowers and stems. If you are having trouble getting the seeds out you may need to pull apart the individual blooms.
- Separate the Seeds
Place the seeds on a plate then shake the plate back and forth to separate the seeds from any leftover blooms.
Storing Lavender Seeds
Store lavender seeds in an airtight container then label with the contents and date collected. Place in a cool place out of direct sunlight with low humidity such as a pantry. They will be viable for 2 years or longer however less seeds will germinate the older they are.
Seed Storage Containers
Small glass jars with tight fitting lids such as condiment jars are great for storing seeds. Wash out well when empty then leave to air dry before reusing. It doesn’t matter if the old label is still on the jar. Simply place a new label over the top or write over the old one with a permanent marker.
Small freezer bags can also be used for storing seeds. Label then push out as much air as possible before securing tightly. Use an egg carton to store your bags of seeds. It will keep them together and provide some insulation.
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When you are ready to germinate the lavender seeds place them in the fridge for 2 to 3 weeks before planting. The cold hours will increase the germination rate. See this guide to Growing Lavender from Seed.
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