Our Farm & Lavender Market is open June and July every Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 - 5. You can find Lockwood Lavender Farm products in these retail locations. Like us on Facebook and receive up to date information on what's happening on the farm. You can find more information about the 2017 Finger Lakes Lavender Festival. We do not sell Plants.

Friday, June 14, 2013

When Is The Best Time to Pick Lavender?

We are often asked that question.  And the answer is, the right time to pick depends on your use. 
For cooking or aromatherapy:  Pick when flower heads are 1/3 to 1/4 open.
For dry bouquets and sachets:  Pick when flower heads are 1/3 to 1/2 open.
For fresh Bouquets:  Pick when flower heads are 1/2 to totally open.
For essential oil:  Pick when approximately half of the flowers on the stem have withered.
Pick lavender when the sun has dried the morning dew and not the heat of the day.

To Dry Lavender:  Bundle your lavender bouquets with a rubber band and hang them upside down in a dark well ventilated place. The darkness helps the lavender retains its color, and drying upside down helps the lavender retain it blossom shape.  Your bouquet should be dry within a few weeks.

Fresh lavender placed in water will get moldy fairly quickly, so change the water frequently.  Once placed in water lavender will not dry well.

You can read more about growing, pruning, harvesting and crafting with lavender in Sarah Bader's The Lavender Lavender's Handbook.  Available to purchase in our Lavender Market on the farm.


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