Starting a Lavender Farm

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Sarah Bader

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Hi, my name is Sarah Bader, and my company is Lavender at Stonegate here in West Linn, Oregon. We grow about a 100 different varieties of lavender. We started our lavender farm back in 2003. So what I'm going to talk to you about today is, how to start a lavender farm. So the first thing you want to consider when starting a lavender farm is, consider which plants do well in your region. And after you do that, you want to find a quality plant grower that's going to go true to species. So when plotting out your lavender field, you want to ask yourself some questions. The first thing you're going to ask yourself is, which varieties do I want to grow. And then after you've asked yourself that question you'll realize what spacing you're going to want. So all Angustifolias are the English bloomers, need about 30 inches between the plants. The X intermedia get quite a bit bigger, so you're going to want to plant them at least 36 inches apart. The next question you're going to ask yourself on plotting out your field is, do I want to mow between the rows, or do I want to put weed cloth in. We prefer weed cloth because, one of the hardest things about starting a lavender farm and growing is the weed problem. So when you put in weed cloth, what you can do is, it allows you more organic certification, and then it also creates less work in the long run. After you do that, you're going to consider how far apart you want to plant your rows. So some people do what's called 5 feet on center, or 6 feet on center. We plant our plants 5 feet on center. And what that means is, your plant spacing on your row of your lavender is about a foot, then the space between your plants is going to be about 4 feet or 5 feet. So when we talk about 6 feet on center, or 5 feet on center, it's the length between the first plant in the first row, and the next plant in the next row. One thing you want to consider when starting your lavender farm is, how am I going to water my lavender? What I recommend is putting in drip lines. And what that does is it omits water right at the base of the lavender plant. So what it does, is it reduces the water that you have to use, but it also prevents splitting. Because if you water your lavender from overhead, what that can do is cause splitting with the lavender plant, and you don't want that. Since lavender is indigenous to the Mediterranean, it's use to thriving in poor soils. So your soil is important, but the main thing to consider when planting your lavender plant, is you want to give it good drainage, and you want to make sure that the pH level is anywhere between 6.5 and 7, so you can buy a pH monitor a the store. What we do is, we add a little lime to our soil in the beginning when we plant. And what that does is, it raises the pH to a certain level. So I recommend that you get your soil tested, and make sure that your pH is at the right level. Also you want to make sure it has good drainage, and full, full sun. So having a lavender farm can be a wonderful endeavor. Having a whole field of this, growing near your house is absolutely wonderful. However, it's really important that you do your research, and make sure that lavender thrives in your area of the country. There's some lavenders that do well in certain areas, and some lavenders that don't. So, I highly recommend doing your research, and making sure that your area is conducive to growing lavender.