The best time to harvest lavender for craft sachets and bags for your cupboards, wardrobes or as a bug repellent, is when 75% of the flowers are open on the blooms. Any lavender variety is good to use, as each variety has its own aromatic scent. We recommend the variety of Grosso, as it has a strong aromatic scent which lasts for years, the stems are long and have just a few leaves.
Using buds for cooking, harvest the blooms when just a few of the flowers have opened, these buds are sweeter than those harvested later with more flowers open. Choosing a True Lavender to grow in your garden for use as a herb, will give a sweeter and spicier flavour to food.
When you harvest each blossom with its stem, be sure to leave at least 2 inches of green growth on the plant. Cutting down to the woody portion of the stem is too extreme.
Drying time is usually seven days, or until their is no moisture in the stems, especially the centre ones. A good sign is the stems will have changed in colour, to very dark green or brown and brittle.
A simple and easy way to capture these precious aromatic buds, is to place the bundle in a pillow case, holding the stems with the pillow case wrapped around them, bash the blossom end of the dried plants on a solid surface a few times. Most of the buds will be knocked off and if any still remain on the stems, rub them inside the pillow case.
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