Lavender Drying Tips
By: Korshye Long
Director of Agricultural Operations at Lavender Hill Farm
How do I dry my lavender?
It is best to spread the lavender sprigs out on an old window screen which will ensure proper drying. Make sure the screen is propped up and air flow is able to get above and beneath the screen.
If you do not have a screen to use, you can bundle the lavender into a bunch and hang upside down to dry. Make sure the bundle is out of the direct sunlight and has proper air flow (a fan works well) so molding will not occur.
How long does lavender take to dry?
This is dependent on the moisture and humidity levels in the air. 5 to 7 days is usually the amount of time it takes to completely dry the bunch.
How do I get the buds off the stems of the plant?
After the accurate amount of drying, the buds will simply drop off the stems with a light touch. The process of “rubbing” the buds between your hands will help them come off easily. If the buds do not drop off the stems easily then moisture is still in the buds and more time is needed for proper drying.