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wadiewadie Posts: 6
I found the step by step instructions on taking lavener cuttings easy to follow. However, step six does not give ytou any indication as to how long you should leave them so that you will know they are well rooted. As a novice gardener I have no way of telling wthout pulling one up and this would be at the risk of disturbing them.


  • I would like to have had some information regarding how to make a standard lavender and or rosemary out of a normal bush, if it can be done while it is still small, but did not find any information at all.
  • I would suggest that it pays not to respond too hastily, particularly so if one claims to be a novice gardener. To correct a misapprehension: Monty does not advise one 'to cut it off' but to trim the excess;a case of using one's common sense, surely, and to read accurately the instruction given.
  • "Once rooting has started, cut...". How do I know that without pulling it and possibly destroying the fragile roots?
  • "bsknight commented on this article

    24 May 2009

    "Once rooting has started, cut...". How do I know that without pulling it and possibly destroying the fragile roots?"

    Lavender and rosemary cuttings take around 4-8 weeks to root. I'd also recommend removing the bag occasionally for a minute or two before they root to help prevent fungal problems.
  • I find it rather confusing - it says to pull off the cutting with a small piece of bark (heel) attached. It says that this important because it is where the roots will form, then tells you to cut it off! ???
  • hola! am months late, but, er, would like to add a few more things? primero, two-thirds of the cutting goes into the compost, with only a third above the soil. And you'll know if your cutting has taken by seeing teeny tiny leaves emerging, and that is so exciting! also, you could spray the cutting with a fungicide to prevent botrytis spoiling the fun. Lastly, take loads. Happy propagating!
  • Actually...Ann's Delight- you don't trim it, you remove the bark piece which covers the little green heel underneath (you don't remove the whole thing damsonsamba). It's easier if you just go and do it and you'll know what he means! This is a forum for people to ask questions about things they don't know and I quite agree that the wording was not clear for people who have never done it before.
  • for some of my lavender plants i need a licence before i can propigate,why?
  • Help. I've took some lavender cuttings this week June 2010. My first attempt. Some useful info on how long they should take to root. The guidance says to pot them up individually and grow to a larger size!! So can I still plant them out this year or should I keep them in a grrenhouse/coldframe over the winter?
  • I have been pulling out a vine that has been growing like a weed very high in a shady part of the garden. It has downy reddish-brown woody stems, similar to a kiwi fruit in appearance/texture. The leaves are green and oval, a couple of inches long. Can anyone identify this for me?
    Thank you.
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