The problem began when its neighbors, echinacea or purple coneflower, notorious for its abundance of progeny...aka a self-sower, began to infringe upon the lavender's territory. I also planted the lavender on the side of the flower bed where it didn't get all the full sun that this Mediterranean plant really loves. SO, finding I had an open space in one of my flower beds on the south side of my house, I decided that I will transplant this little guy. But, the empty space I have is pretty big and these plants stay relatively compact, so I really need some more. But I don't want to buy them...so what to do? Make some more!
So, first of all, locate a woody low growing branch(s) of the plant.
Take a sharp knife and nick the bark being careful not to cut all the way through the stem...
Now, if you have rooting hormone, then apply that to the cut area of the branch. I didn't have any so I just went ahead with the next step. The rooting hormone is nice insurance that the plants will root, but I've made plenty of plants without it.
This step is important, make sure the nicked part is thoroughly covered...
Find a handy large rock and place over the buried branch area. It's SO important for the branch to make good contact with the soil.
I made several of these cuttings and found another rock. So my plant looks like this with the prospective new plants on the sides.
One more close up. I made several cuttings and used one large rock to cover them all. That's it, wal-ah! Now, isn't that the easiest gardening you've ever done? I check it periodically to make sure the branch stays buried but the rest is up to time. I'll check it again late next spring. I'll know if the new plants made it by pulling on them gently and the branch doesn't move. Then you know they've formed their own roots. Then, you can cut the original branch and carefully dig out the plant and locate where you want it!
I've used this method different times, especially with thyme plants. Sometimes the plants just layer themselves and I will transplant these new little freebies to their new home. You've gotta love it and any kind of gardening that's easy is a true bonus!
So there ya go, layer your plants away and multiply your garden, make them as gifts for your friends (my plant was from a friend). Pin this article and you'll have a great technique for the spring all ready to go...blessings!!
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