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Harvesting Lavender

How do you harvest lavender?

http://www.emilyplattphotography.comWatching lavender grow and harvesting it is the fun part! You can harvest at different times and for different purposes – but it won’t hurt to harvest whenever either! You can harvest the whole stem and bud or just the top bud part.  Just make sure to cut off the stems off after they are spent.

20160614_092126 2Fresh stems with buds can be used for decoration and crafts. You can dry the fresh stem and bud and make beautiful dried arrangements. You can also take off the dried buds and use them in foods, crafts, bath water and home items (just to name a few!). Dried stems can be used in the fire place or grill to give smell and flavor. Learn more about uses for lavender.

To harvest a bundle of stems, hold an inch of stems on the plant and cut at the bottom of the stems. Place a rubberband tightly around the bottom and hang the bundle to dry in a cool and dry place. Drying can take 1-3 weeks depending on how dry your drying location is. If you have a lot of bundles, you can even use a dehumidifier in the area. The key is to dry them out quickly and evenly to prevent mold!

A dried bundle will have smell for years, but it may need to be rubbed to bring it out. The color might fade and some of the buds might come off, but it can still bring a smile to your face!

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