Posts Tagged ‘Grosso’

Don’t get frustrated……

February 20th, 2015 by Jacki

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We know a lot of you have trouble reaching us this time of year. From October through March, around here, everyone’s time is totally consumed with propagating lavender plants in a gallant effort to meet the ever increasing demand for this great plant. Our ‘Mother Plants’ are all grown outdoors in fields, soaking up the Olympic Peninsula fresh air and sunshine. We don’t keep them penned up in a temperature controlled greenhouse with artificial light nor do we use fertilizer or other chemicals to force their growth. Because our ‘Mother Plants’ are au naturel, we have only a small window of time to harvest and plant our starts. So from dawn to dusk you will find Victor either in the field or in the greenhouse planting our cuttings. (That’s the story of a farmer’s life you know)

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Well, back to the problem at hand, we do our best to return calls and emails within 48 hours. (Mind you, we said we do our best.) The very best way to contact Victor is via email, info@victorslavender.com. If you choose to call, please leave a detailed message with your name and a direct contact phone number. Victor returns many calls in the evening so please leave direct numbers for both day and evening.

On another note, in October we remind you to get your orders in before the end of the year. We even throw out another reminder or two before the end of the year. This enables us to plan what we need to grow to fulfill our orders. We generously pad this amount to in an effort accommodate those who order late as we hate to disappoint. But once again, due to the ever growing popularity of our lavender, we are sold out of lavender that will be ready for spring planting. We might still have some Grosso available but it is going fast. We will have more available in June but if you have a large order and want to plant in June please submit your order before the end of March. If you still want to plant this spring email us with your wish list and we will do our best.

 

Heads Up on Lavender Availability

January 27th, 2015 by victor

Royal VelvetJust want to let everyone know that we are nearly sold out of plants for the Spring planting season. The ship date for any orders received in the next few weeks (after today, January 27, 2015) will be late May and June. We will do our best but unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we will be able to supply all varieties requested in time for spring planting. We will keep you posted but very shortly we will be sold out of a lot of varieties that would be ready for Spring Planting. The next crop will be available for shipping in September and October suitable for fall planting. The good news is we still have plenty of the most popular varieties, Grosso, Provence, Royal Velvet and Melissa.

We want to stress the importance and encourage everyone to place your orders early. We estimate our propagation needs based on orders received in November and December.

Please send us your wish list, Victor will review them and let you know what we have available and when we will be able to ship.

Lavender is so popular, we keep growing and growing but still find it hard to keep up with the increasing demand for our quality lavender plants. Not a totally bad thing.

BC Lavender Workshop

October 29th, 2014 by Jacki

Ping Liang, Victor Gonzalez and Soheil Mahmoud at the 2014 BC Lavender Workshop

Dr. Ping Liang, Victor Gonzalez and Dr. Soheil Mahmoud visit the lavender research plot at the University of BC, Kelowna during the 2014 BC Lavender Workshop

Victor is back from the Lavender Workshop in Kelowna, B.C.. The workshop included growers, marketers and biological researchers and was very enlightening. Of particular interest was the research they are conducting on the plants and the essential oils produced particularly by the Grosso variety. In a segment presented by Dr. Soheil Mahmoud and Lauren Erland from the Department of Biology,  Univ. of BC, Kelowna it was shown that Grosso produces up to six times more oil than related species. These essential oils are used in personal care products, cosmetics, aromatherapy and alternative medicines. According to Dr. Mahmoud,  there are also indications that these oils might have additional use industrial applications. Ping Liang, Associate Professor for the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University in Ontario spoke about their work in genomic sequencing, the recent lavender genome project and some future applications of the genome sequencing data gathered. This time consuming and expensive research can only mean good things for the lavender industry worldwide.

In addition to the academic presentations, by Dr. Mahmoud, Dr. Liang, Lauren Erland, Ayelign Mengesha and Lukman Sarker, Victor spoke about the characteristics of the typical US lavender farm and issues facing the lavender industry. Ben Sutton of Sacred Mountain Lavender provided an overview of their business and operations and Andrea McFadden of the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm spoke on overcoming the challenges facing small scale lavender farms working to create a successful agro-tourism business.

We hope to find a way to assist these dedicated people in their research to advance lavender and it’s many possible uses. We will continue to stay in contact with them, perhaps we can help by supplying some plants for their research gardens. This research can only help the lavender growers and the industry. Just think about the possibilities.

Lavender Alert!

February 26th, 2014 by victor

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  Well here it is – we’ve got some good news and we’ve got some bad news. First for the good news – We still have plenty of the best and most reliable  lavender varieties available for spring planting. We have Grosso, Royal Velvet, Folgate and Provence. The bad news – we are totally sold out of all other varieties. All of our field stock for these other varieties is gone. Those of you who placed early preseason orders will be fine. In fact we should have enough to cover all of our preseason orders so not to worry. Your plants are warming their toes in the greenhouse right now. We will have all the varieties available again by fall but probably not much before that unless we can find another source of cuttings for propagation. It never hurts to ask though. Perhaps someone will change an order making a flat or two of these other varieties available. Please call first to check on availability. We do hope Mother Nature begins to cooperate soon. Some of you have had a pretty rough winter and are probably more than ready for some signs of spring to show up. What better way to cheer yourself up than with some nice lavender plants!

Remember – Next year – Get your orders in early!

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