Purple Reign: The Joy & Value of Growing Lavender
Lavender is an easy-to-grow, high-value crop that offers an excellent return on investment. Here are basics on lavender and how to grow it for profit.
Incredibly aromatic, lavender flowers have a soothing scent featured in a variety of merchandise, which provides a range of profitable outlets for small-scale producers. Unlike many other seasonal crops, producers can dry lavender for ornamental flower arrangements, wands, sachets or potpourri, or transform the dried flowers into value-added products such as essential oils, tinctures, soaps or lotions. It’s also useful in baking and makes a tasty honey.
Your plans for your harvested lavender will determine which of the many species you should grow, but all the common varieties have fairly simple propagation needs.
This story originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Hobby Farms magazine.