Category Archives: Lavender

Lavender Crop Update – The Start of Bloom – June 23, 2022

The first cultivars of Lavandula angustifolia are beginning to bloom in my research plots in Simcoe (Figure 1) and likely other farms in the southwest. ‘Big Time Blue’ was the first to bloom in my cultivar trial. Areas further north … Continue reading

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Lavender Crop Update – Spring Pruning and Crop Management – May 27, 2022

Lavender flower buds are just becoming visible on undamaged lavender plants. On damaged plants, flowering can be delayed by a week or two and the flowering may be more staggered. This can make harvest timing more difficult.

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Lavender Crop Update – Green-Up of Plants – May 13, 2022

The warm weather over the past week should lead to rapid green-up of lavender plants. Plants without any winter kill should be obviously green with new shoots beginning to expand at the tips. For other plants, recovery from winter kill … Continue reading

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Assessing Crop Progress and Winter Kill – Lavender Crop Update – April 28, 2022

This is usually the most stressful period for lavender growers. Everything else is turning green but the lavender is still looking grey in many cases, which can often lead to the conclusion that the plants have suffered severe winter kill. … Continue reading

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New Ontario Crop Protection Hub now available for accessing crop protection information online

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is transforming the way crop protection information is provided to better serve clients through an online digital application called the Ontario Crop Protection Hub. The following specialty crops are currently included … Continue reading

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Time to Remove Row Covers in Lavender? March 15, 2022

We have reached that time of year again when lavender growers need to consider when to remove winter covers. Here is a section adapted from a similar article I wrote March 18 of last year: One of the big questions … Continue reading

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