Do you love lavender? Whether you have a passion for backyard lavender, plan to start lavender farming or want to make lavender products, this course is ideal for you.
The Certificate of Lavender Production is a professional development course that will provide you with the fundamentals of growing lavender for commercial purposes.
In this lavender farming course, you will learn about lavender classification and naming systems, soils, fertilisers and nutritional requirements, propagating techniques, and commercial growing and production processes.
You’ll also discover how to process and make lavender products, from herbs in cooking to craft, and also learn to market and sell commercially.
On completion of this course, you will have a foundation knowledge and understanding of lavender farming, production and marketing.
Unit - Lavender
Unit 1 – Introduction
Plant naming systems
Varieties (angustifolia, dentata, stoechas)
Common names and scientific names
Resources and reference books
Organisations with information
Lavender types and classification
Spica (lavandula section)
Dentata (sometimes included in stoechas)
Choosing a lavender to grow
Plant review worksheets
Naming the plant
Describing the plant
Illustrating the plant
Pressed plant collections
Unit 2 – Soils, fertilisers and nutrition for lavender
Soil texture and structure
Nutrient availability and ph
Cation exchange capacity
Understanding soil analysis
Problems with soils
Common human causes of erosion
Control of erosion
Salinity – total salts
Soil structural decline
Improving soils and soil fertility
Problems with organic materials
What to use in compost?
Guidelines for using compost
What nutrients do plants need?
The macronutrients and micronutrients
Diagnosis of nutritional problems
Fertiliser and understanding fertiliser terms
How much to apply
Unit 3 – Cultural techniques for lavender growing
How to grow lavender
Buying lavender plants
Pests and diseases
Controlling problems associated with lavender production
Weed control and weed mats
Other weed control methods
Example of a simple schedule for propagating lavender
Small scale methods
Minimum cultivation and conservation tillage
Unit 4 – Propagation
Asexual propagation (vegetative propagation)
Unit 5 – Lavender management for a quality product
Deciding what to grow
Cost of production
Profit sales price
Prospects – types of lavender farms
The market garden type
The nursery type
Water and plant growth
Symptoms of water deficiency and water excess
Water loss from soils
Improving water retention
Hygroscopic and gravitational water
Permanent wilting point
Infiltration and drainage
Timing of irrigation
Water requirements of lavender
Types of irrigation suited to lavender
Maintenance of a watering system
Improving water infiltration
Unit 6 – Plant selection and breeding
Breeding and selecting new plant varieties
Selecting lavender varieties
Types of flowering response to temperature
Ways to cause controlled flowering
Principles affecting rates and progress of flowering
Volatile oils and plant selection
Unit 7 – Building plant knowledge
Varieties of lavender
English lavenders (lavandula angustifolia)
Dwarf English lavenders
Semi-dwarf to medium sized english lavenders
Tall English lavenders
Italian lavender (lavandula stoechas)
Unit 8 – Harvesting, post-harvest and storage
Harvesting and drying lavender
Harvesting hints for lavender
Distillation and oils
Using non-aromatic oils
Unit 9 – Processing and making lavender products
Lavender crafts, products and aromatherapy
Fresh cut lavender
Scented lavender water
Lavender bath elixir
Lavender oil (massage oil)
Lavender to eat
Biscuits and breads
How to make lavender honey
Unit 10 – Marketing lavender produce
Brands and logos
Appealing packaging design
Points to consider in packaging
Marketing your produce
Considering your markets
Exporting your produce
How to sell successfully
Estimated duration 50 hours
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