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Hi All. Im new to this site. I wonder if anybody could give tips on growing lavender from seed. We are in Brasil (just to make it harder!) many many thanks



Coastal humid Brazil too!

Well, sow thinly in clay pots using a seed compost with plenty of loam (soil) rather than completely organic (peat) growing medium. Place in light shade initially with a little canopy over the top to stop heavy rain washing the seed out in a downpour. They should germinate readily if seed is quite fresh. water by immersing the pot in a bowl of water occasionally if it starts to dry out. Once they get 4-6 pairs of leaves they can be gently shaken loose of their pot and separated into individual modules to grow on. Once they settle down into growth, they need full sun in an airy spot with moving air if possible so not down in a valley surrounded by large vegetation.

Good luck.

10 Aug, 2010


Massive thanks to you Fractal. Very detailed and precise. We have planted the seeds in a plastic oblong pot in light shade but on a veranda safe from the heavy Rio rains. (Hope to plant seeds in Rio and transport to mountains as and when they are ready....Hope to!) So am i right in thinking to only water when soil is very dry? Thanks again.

10 Aug, 2010


I would water make sure they dont dry out too much and good luck .

This is very interesting keep us posted on there progress.

Hello and a big welcome Penaselvagem.

11 Aug, 2010


Hi Penaselvagem, forgot to welcome you :-)

As Scotkat says, don't let them dry out too much but don't keep them sopping wet either.

Its good that they will be going into the mountains as it should be slightly cooler and more airy.

11 Aug, 2010


Huge, lavender scented thanks! I just love this site. It has given me new found hope! I will keep you posted. A local nursery owner gave us the seeds (French variety - Stoechas) as a gift when i told him how i was drying out the flowers of the Angustifolia variety that took well from bought cuttings.
Have a wonderful rest of the week all and thanks for the welcome.

11 Aug, 2010


If experience in the low desert helps any, your best bets will probably be L. dentata, L. heterophylla, L. canariensis & kin (the fern-leaf types), and 'Goodwin Creek Gray' hybrid. Those are the ones that survive our monsoon season the best.

11 Aug, 2010

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