Here is the BEST Time to Harvest Lavender in Ohio (2023 Guide)

Are you growing lavender in Ohio, but don’t know when the best time to harvest them is?

Harvesting lavender is not as easy as it seems.

Here’s why:

  • Lavender has a very short window when it can be harvested and still taste great.

So if you harvest them too early they may not be ready and taste bad. And if you harvest them too late they may become infected with mold, fungus, insects, etc., and become inedible.

Today, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to harvest lavender in Ohio:

  • To Learn More About HOW to Grow lavender, Check Out This GUIDE!

When Do I Harvest Lavender in Ohio?

As you may have already guessed, there are two main factors that determine when you should harvest your lavender: the physical features of the lavender & weather (time).

Harvest Lavender if They Look Like This!!!

lavender plant

The physical features of lavender are what most gardeners commonly rely on to determine if they are ready to be picked off the plant or not.

In general, you should harvest lavender if they have the following physical features:

  • The leaves of lavender are wide, long, and dark green (or purple) in color and are at least 3 inches long.

Harvest Your Lavender During THIS Time of Year!!!

In general, you should harvest rhubarb:

  • 100 to 200 days after starting lavender from seed
  • Immediately after planting lavender in your garden

And no matter what, you should ALWAYS harvest your lavender before the first frost of the year. Frost will immediately kill your lavender plant and make your lavender inedible.

For your reference, I have created this table for average frost dates for most major cities in Ohio. If your city is not listed below you can find its Last & First Frost Dates HERE.

Ohio Last & First Frost Dates

Ohio Frost Dates

It should be noted that you should not overly rely on the first frost of the year. The average first frost of the year is only correct 30% of the time.

Instead, pay close attention to your local weather.

When you know a frost is coming you need to take action.

  • If lavender are in pots, bring them inside
  • If lavender is in the ground, cover them in burlap and hope they survive
  • Pick all lavender.

If you want to learn WHEN to harvest ANY Vegetable in Ohio, head over to HERE and just type in the vegetable you want to grow.

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