The other night DH and I were watching an episode of Downton Abbey. One of the characters, (Daisy), was busy in the kitchen stripping the dried flowers from lavender stems. She mentioned that the flowers were going to be made into sachets which would then be used to scent clothing and linen cupboards. Lavender scent famously repels moths as well.
It was a long, cold winter and I worried that my English lavender plants would be killed off. Happily all three survived, are in full bloom, fragrant and abuzz with wild bees.
Feeling confident about their ability to thrive in our less than optimal growing conditions I thought I’d try an experiment to see if I could propogate lavender from stem cuttings. I found abundant information on the internet with directions to do this.
The first step was to take a few woody stem cuttings using a very sharp knife:
After stripping the leaves from the bottom 5 cm and removing the flower from the top end I dipped the bottom end into root stimulator; natural unpasteurized honey.
I had prepared a clay pot ahead of time by soaking it overnight in water. When I was ready to take the cuttings I filled the pot with potting soil.
The prepared cuttings were then inserted into the soil, evenly spaced around the edges of the pot.
Finally, I enclosed the entire pot in a clear plastic bag and placed the pot in a bright window.
Only time will tell whether my experiment is successful.