Lavender seeds like a weed

Lavender

Lavender, also known as “Lavender Kush,” is an indica marijuana strain. Built from strains around the world, Lavender by Soma Seeds has its origins from Super Skunk, Big Skunk Korean and Afghani Hawaiian. According to growers, this strain has dense buds that give off a floral and spicy aroma. It has a dark purple coloration at the ends of its leaves.

Lavender, also known as “Lavender Kush,” is an indica marijuana strain. Built from strains around the world, Lavender by Soma Seeds has its origins from Super Skunk, Big Skunk Korean and Afghani Hawaiian. According to growers, this strain has dense buds that give off a floral and spicy aroma. It has a dark purple coloration at the ends of its leaves.

How To Collect Lavender Seeds From Your Garden

Collect lavender seeds from your garden is fun, and you can share them with friends. Below I will show you exactly when and how to harvest lavender seeds, and also how to save them 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!

I love collecting seeds from my garden so I can grow more of my favorites, or share them with friends. Harvesting lavender seeds is easy, and doesn’t take much time at all.

Lavender growing in my garden

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Harvesting Lavender Seeds

It’s 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 the flowers. Instead, leave them 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.

Lavender going to seed

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.

Lavender seed pods

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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Lavender flower seeds and chaff

How to Collect Lavender Seeds From Your Garden

To collect lavender seeds, I like to gently shake the seed pods over a bucket or other similar 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.

Collecting lavender seeds from my garden

What To Do With Lavender Seeds After Harvesting

Allow the seeds to dry out completely before storing them. Lavender seeds need a cold period (aka cold stratifying) in order to grow, so you should refrigerate them for a few months before planting.

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 mine 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 them with friends, try these custom seed envelopes. Learn how to grow lavender seeds here.

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…

Saving lavender seeds is rewarding, and it’s easy too. Take a little time to collect lavender seeds, and you’ll have lots of them 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!

If you want to learn how to start seeds indoors, then my Starting Seeds Indoors eBook is for you! It’s a quick-start guide to get you sowing seeds quickly, so that you can saving money by starting your garden plants indoors from seed. Download your copy today!

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Otherwise, if you’re looking for more help, then enroll in the Online Seed Starting Course! This fun, comprehensive course will show you everything you need to know to grow all of you own plants from seed.

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Share your tips for collecting lavender seeds in the comments section below.

About Amy Andrychowicz

I live and garden in Minneapolis, MN (zone 4b). My green thumb comes from my parents, and I’ve been gardening most of my life. I’m a passionate gardener who loves growing everything from vegetables, herbs, and flowers to succulents, tropicals, and houseplants – you name, I’ve grown it! Read More.

Comments

Roberta Lepage says

if you have purchased dried lavender flowers by mistake (instead of seeds) and you plant them, will they grow anything? Do the dried flowers contain seeds?

*I might have done this by mistake lol

Amy Andrychowicz says

Oh no, LOL! Unfortunately, the dried flowers likely will not contain any seeds. They’re usually harvested and dried before the buds even open. Lavender seeds don’t usually form until the flowers fade and the petals fall off.

Is there a particular type of lavender I should grow for use in teas and salves? I live in the Gulf Coast area of Florida and I get confused with all the different varieties available. I’m about to retire and plan to spend more time ‘homesteading’. Thanks!

Amy Andrychowicz says

English lavender is the best variety for oils and fragrance, but it grow better in cold climates. So, it may not do well for you in Florida if it’s too warm. Here’s a post I wrote that’s all about lavender, and it has a section where I discuss the different varieties, hope it will help… How To Care For Lavender Plants

Susie Hardy says

Could someone explain the cold process to me?
Thank you, I live in the mountains in Southern California.

Amy Andrychowicz says

It’s called “cold stratification”. You can just put the seeds in your refrigerator for a month or so.

Rebecca Flack says

when the flowers are done blooming do i trim the tops off or just let them fall to the ground?

Amy Andrychowicz says

If you want to collect lavender seeds, then you should leave the flowers on the plant until they dry out and form seeds.

I love lavender! We live in Florida, ive tried three times to grow! And failed three times! Im trying one more time. A lady at Lowe’s said use packing peanuts and only water once a week.. we just had a cold snap.. can I get the seeds out of the gray colored ones?
How to start seeds indoors?

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Amy Andrychowicz says

Just make sure that your pot also has drainage holes in the bottom. Packing peanuts in a pot w/o drainage won’t do anything. Also, always check the soil before watering, rather than watering on a set schedule. You might find that the soil dries out faster than once a week, or you might find that it’s still moist after a week. Stick your finger one inch into the soil and if it feels dry, then water it. But, if it’s wet, then wait to water. As for collecting lavender seeds, yes, check the gray colored seed pods to see if there are seeds in there. Simply shake the seed pods over a container, or cut them off and drop them into the container as described above.

Have you ever heard of anyone using the actual seeds in cooking/culinary uses?

Amy Andrychowicz says

Lavender flowers yes, but I’ve never heard of using the seeds for cooking.

Try the “The Lavender Cookbook”

Patsy Heath says

When would I plant my seeds to “winter over” the seeds?

Amy Andrychowicz says

Sorry, I’m not sure what you’re asking. Are you asking when you would plant your lavender seeds using the winter sowing method?

Hello,
I have lots of very old lavender seeds (about several years old) from a friend who liked to place them inside the house for fregrance. Would they be okay to plant and grow? Or they can be just for decoration.
Have a nice day!
Best,
Jess

Amy Andrychowicz says

Unfortunately, lavender seeds are usually only viable for a 2-3 years. If you want, you could certainly try doing a simple viability test on a few of them to make sure. Here’s how… How To Test Viability Of Garden Seeds

Debra Bury says

I have a lavender tree/Bush. It produces beautiful flowers. In the fall, it has tiny round “seeds” what kind is this and why can’t I get more of the same seeds to grow.

Amy Andrychowicz says

Humm… I’m not sure what type of lavender you have. Lavender seeds need cold stratification in order to grow. So, after you collect seeds from your lavender plant, make sure to give them a cold period before planting them.

Thanks! My lavender is different to yours thought. I have to spend a lot of time opening every single bud/pocket. My lavender attracts lots of bees.