It’s easy to collect lavender seeds from your garden to start new plants, or to share with friends. Below I will show you exactly when and how to harvest lavender seeds, and also how to store the seeds for planting next year.
Lavender is one of my favorite perennial herbs to grow in the garden. I mean, who doesn’t love lavender? Not only does it look gorgeous in the garden, it attracts tons of bees too. It also smells amazing, and can be used for so many things! There are lots of ways to use lavender from the garden.
Harvesting Lavender Seeds
It’s also very easy to harvest lavender seeds and save them to grow next year, or to share with friends! In order for the plant to form seeds, don’t deadhead lavender. Instead, leave the flowers on the plant and allow the seeds to mature.
Once they’re ready, collecting lavender seeds from the garden doesn’t take much time. Lavender plant seeds form inside the flower heads, so allow some of the flowers to dry out on the plant.
When To Harvest Lavender Seeds
After the flowers have faded, lavender seed pods will start to form in their place. Leave those seed pods on the plant until they are completely dried out. They will turn a light brown/grayish color. You’ll know it’s time to start collecting lavender seeds if seeds start to fly out when you gently shake the plant.
What Do Lavender Seeds Look Like
Lavender seeds are pretty small, but it’s not hard to see them. The seeds are black, and they’re about half the size of a sesame seed.
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How to Collect Lavender Seeds From Your Garden
To collect lavender seeds, I like to gently shake the seed pods over a container. You could also clip the seed pods off the plant and drop them into a paper bag. Then fold the top of the bag over and shake it to release the lavender seeds from the seed pods.
Lavender flower seeds usually come out of the pods pretty clean, but there will be some chaff (extra bits of seed pods and other plant material). If you want to separate the seeds from the chaff (you don’t need to do this), dump them onto a flat surface, and lightly blow on the pile. The lighter pieces of chaff will blow away.
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What To Do With Lavender Seeds After Harvesting
Allow your seeds to dry out completely before storing them. Keep in mind that lavender seeds need a period of cold (aka cold stratifying) in order to grow, so you will need to refrigerate lavender seeds for a while before planting them.
Once they’re dry, lavender seeds can be stored in plastic containers (film canisters work great!), a paper bag, or in small envelopes. I like to store my seeds in a plastic shoe box, but if you’re more organized than I am, a Seed Keeper would be perfect. If you want to share your seeds with friends, try these custom seed envelopes. Learn how to make your own seed envelopes here.
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Where To Buy Lavender Seeds
If you don’t already have lavender growing in your garden, you can usually find lavender seeds for sale at your local garden center mid-winter through spring. Otherwise, you can always buy lavender seeds online. Here are some great, quality seeds you can buy to get started… English Lavender Seeds, French Lavender Seeds, Provence Blue Lavender Seeds or Lavender Hidcote Dwarf Seeds.
Growing lavender from seed is rewarding, and it’s easy to collect lavender seeds from your garden. Take a little time to collect the seeds, and you’ll have lots of lavender seeds to share with your friends or trade for other garden seeds.
Now that you know how to collect the seeds, learn how to grow lavender in our detailed lavender plant care guide!
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