Lavender from Seed
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Jessi
Posted on: July 21, 2009

I would like to try my hand at growing some lavender. I have a flat of Munstead lavender started. There are several little starts in each section. They have two sets of true leaves, but are rather spindly.

My question is this, I am going to transplant them to a bigger container, even though they are spindly. Do I thin them out in this container. For example, should my new 2 inch container have only one start, should I thin out all the rest and only leave the hardiest one? Or should this pot contain several little starts growing together?

When seedlings are very fragile it is usually best to have about 3 per pot. Remember the smallest plants in Munstead lavender will probably be the most compact plants at maturity and therefore the most desirable ones. Gradually increase the light over two weeks to get to full sun- and I am sure the spindliness will be slowly outgrown. Also having seedlings crowded together in a seed flat is a sure way to get plantlets reaching past each other to get more light. Repotting into individual pots of very few seedlings solves that problem.

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