lavender farming

Discussion in 'Agricultural Matters' started by southwestfarmer, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Kidds

    Kidds Member

    Location:
    Warrington
    You might make £15k on a quarter acre but it doesn't always follow you can make £60k on an acre. The amount of product that it is possible to sell in your area might be a quarter acres worth, grow an acre and you throw three quarters of it away, you still only get £15k.
    There are a lot of different ways to make money out of lavender, not simply selling bunches of flowers. Make soaps, dried products, stick them on bits of stiff paper and sell them as greetings cards, charge people to look around, give guided tours to paying guests, charge photographers, sell honey. The list is very long.
     
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  2. what about growing say 100 acres and market them nationaly that's techinacally 6 mil after 5 years of growing the stuff after wastage marketing and fert and all the costs even if its a third or quarter of that profit that hell of a good going isn't it ?
     
  3. Kidds

    Kidds Member

    Location:
    Warrington
    Why not grow 1000 acres then and flood the whole of Europe with it for 60 mil?
     
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  4. why not ahahah so do you know much about it whats the costs involved
     
  5. Kidds

    Kidds Member

    Location:
    Warrington
    The costs are the price of the plants, weed control, irrigation and picking costs. You are going to need a very big workforce to pick 1000 acres of lavender and despite what you might read foreign labour is no cheaper than any other labour.
    The biggest thing about the whole job is the marketing and that depends on your skill so not something you can put a price on.

    It's not as straight forward as £x for costs equals £3x profit the same as it doesn't mean an acre makes 4 times what a quarter acre would.
     
  6. Old Boar

    Old Boar Member

    Location:
    West Wales
    And then there is the weather. If the sun does not shine enough, the lavender does not make enough oil to be economical to squish it. It is a gamble....
     
  7. yeah that's true couldn't you sell it in bunches if not enough oil
     
  8. what would you estimate the profit per acre would end up being
     
  9. Kidds

    Kidds Member

    Location:
    Warrington
    Somewhere between an expensive mistake and that'll do nicely.
    It isn't possible to be any more precise than that.
     
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  10. Exfarmer

    Exfarmer Member

    Location:
    Bury St Edmunds
    I wonder if someone is selling lavender plants ?:)
    There is a farm at Heacham in Norfolk and I have seen large fields in the South of France, like all minority crops, the market is very small, so the risk of flooding is extreme.
    You must also remember that lavender is seen by the public as something for. Old ladies, so with an ageing population , you may be on to a winner! Me , I think I will stick to growing. It in the garden. :)
     
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  11. Frank-the-Wool

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Lavender needs dry conditions to grow and is fussy about soil types. Normally it comes from the South of France but grows fairly well in Kent on the south facing North Downs.
    It is machine harvested but you need expensive kit for processing etc and there is only so much Lavender the world needs!
     
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  12. Inky

    Inky Member

    Lavender farm near me opens up to the public. You pay £4.50 and get given scissors and an A4 bag and can cut it yourself, in the height of summer they probably have about 200+ people a day.
     
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  13. Northdowns Martin

    Location:
    Snodland kent
  14. Morph

    Morph Member

    Location:
    Devon
    There is a smallholding near Fowey in cornwall that grows lavender etc to sell and put in soaps. chatting with them and thinking like the op rapidly came to the conclusion ,that unless you have a micro climate situation on very free draining soil forget it . Your yields v cost make you a hobby grower at best.
     
  15. Blod

    Blod Member

    Location:
    E Carmarthenshire
    It grows well near Rhayader in Wales http://wyelavender.co.uk/ and I didn't see any particularly expensive looking kit there. :scratchhead: It prefers dry conditions, long hours of sunlight and possibly yields better without extreme heat.
     
  16. Boysground

    Boysground Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
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  17. so no harvesting and processing costs but 900 quid a day not to shabby is it ?
     

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