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Lavender Flower Bloom Stages

What does beginning Lavender Flower look like?

     Lavender flowers, when they appear on the plant go through different development stages. When the first tiny flower buds appear they really do not look that impressive. The plant begins flowering by sending up long spikes with tiny green buds. In a matter of days the first signs of some color start to show.

    Given time the flower heads lengthen and buds begin swelling. Colors become more apparent and more intense as the days go by. When the Lavender buds are swollen and fat and about to burst open in flower this is the time to harvest for crafts and to dry buds for culinary use.

Lavender Flower Bloom Development stages closeup image

Harvesting Lavender Flower at the Right Time

    When the flowers burst open they begin at the top and continue the length of the flower head. When almost the whole flower head is open this is the time to harvest for Lavender wands, Lavender wreaths, potpourris, and Lavender essential oil production. Harvesting Lavender from your own plants is very rewarding.

     Blooms come in various shapes and sizes and are produced on long spikes or stems. French and Spanish Lavender blooms are compact and pineapple shaped. Their blooms development stages are still the same and you will need to harvest the flowers at the appropriate stage for your desired use.

Man Harvesting Lavender Flower By Hand
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     Variety is definitely the spice of life when it comes to Lavender flowers and when you fall in love with this plant you will want to collect all the different varieties and color variants to make your own Lavender flower garden.  A wonderful plant, so very easy to care for!


What can you do with Lavender Flower?

    Lavender flower may be harvested and dried either stripped from the flower stalks or left on the stems. They can be made into many different decorative crafts such as fresh or dried flower wreaths, bundles, sachets or potpourris.

    Lavender Flowers can be used fresh fashioned immediately into arrangements or dried flower stems put away for later use. There are many things you can use them for and you are only limited by your own creativity. Lavender flower buds are thrown at weddings as a popular rice replacement for blessing and luck of the newlyweds. The flowers have been symbolic of purity and chasteness since Victorian times.

Information about Lavender Flower Water such as how it is made, uses and benefits, and why it is so useful.

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