Hi all! Have you dried lavender before? I haven’t. I’ve been growing a lavender plant for a couple of years. It looked full enough this year to try and dry it. A friend of mine gave me a sachet of lavender from her garden a couple of years ago. All I have to do is knead the sachet a little to get the scent going again. It sure has lasted a lot longer than my essential oils. I’ve got these bunches drying under my deck roof where it doesn’t get any sun.
The poor plant flopped over. I’m pretty sure it’s because the soil is too moist in this area of my yard. Early next spring I’m going to move it to a sunnier, dryer area of my garden. They’re very drought tolerant.
You’re supposed to cut the lavender for drying when the buds haven’t opened just yet. I’m afraid I’m a little late this year for many of them, but I’m going to give this a try anyway. These are buds in the photo below.
The humidity here is pretty high so it will probably take my plants a bit longer to dry out. Once they’ve dried out, I’ll share an update on removing the flowers from the stems and what the scent is like. If nothing else, I think it looks cool just hanging from the old window frame on the deck.