Frequently Asked Questions

The Lavender Project

Q. Are you a social enterprise?
A. Yes, the Lavender Project operates as a social enterprise within the community of La Colorada. Please click here to read about our history and how we operate.

Q. Who are the Owners?
A. The Lavender project is owned and operated by 13 owners within the community of La Colorada.

Q. How many employees do you have?
A. The project has 13 working owners and 8 part time workers. During lavender harvest many temporary positions are required and the project hires from within the community.

Q. Do you accept donations?
A. Yes. Your gift of money is graciously accepted. Please click here to read more on how you can make a donation to the Lavender Project

Sewing Products

Q. Are your products washable?
A. Yes

Q. Prewashed?
A. Yes, we use natural fabric and we do this to avoid shrinking

Q. How do I care for them?
A. Machine cold, wash with similar colors, do not bleach. Tumble-dry low, warm iron.
Do not wash insert and for sachets take the flower out before doing it so.

Q. Can I put them in the microwave or fridge?
A. Yes, they are designed to be used on warm or cold therapies.

Q. How long the smell lasts?
A.  About 3 years

Soap

Q. What is the dye on the soap?
A. It is vegetable colors

Q. Do the colors stain?
A. No

Q. Do your soaps contain phosphates?
A. No

Q. How to care for your soap.
A. You can extend the life of your soap’s life by keeping it out of shower spray in a well-drained dish.

Q. Does the soap go bad?
A. Yes, since we use all natural ingredients the olive oil in it starts getting rancid after one year and the color of the soap will turn a bit orange.

Oil

Q.Is it concentrated?
A. Yes, our oil is 100% lavender

Q. Can you put it directly on the skin?
A. Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that you can apply undiluted–to your skin. However, lavender oil may still cause allergic reaction and irritation in those who are sensitive. If you are using lavender essential oil topically for the first time, dab a small bit of it on the inside of your wrist and wait a day for any sign of reaction before you apply it to a larger area.

Q What are the therapeutic properties of the lavender oil?
A. The therapeutic properties of lavender oil are antiseptic, analgesic, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericide, cell regenerator, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, hypotensive and sedative

Plants

Q. How long do lavender plants last?
A. They can last for years and years

Q. How much water do lavenders need?
A. Lavenders are drought tolerant plants and therefore, once established in the garden, they do not need watering. Lavender in pots need careful watering all through the summer. In the winter they need minimal watering. Over watering is the most common mistake – leading to root rot and the plant’s demise.

Q. How do I prune lavender?
A. Look within the heart of the plant and you should see small shoots on the side of stems. You should prune so that these shoots are left below where you cut. You can prune with a pair of secateurs or with some shears. The shoots will push out to form the new greenery of the plant. Lavenders like a really good haircut so be brave about it? Many people tentatively snip off the old flowering stems. This is certainly not a hard enough prune if you are to avoid your lavender becoming woody and straggly.

Q. When should I prune lavender?
A. It depends on the species. English lavender and lavandin should be pruned after they finish flowering – around late July to mid August. This allows enough time for the plant to recover and push out new shoots before the winter cold sets in. French lavenders, because they grow all summer, can be cut back in after their first flush of growth in spring.

Q. Can you grow lavender in pots?
A. Yes, lavenders work well in pots. It is best not to use the larger types, which will be too vigorous and need a much larger, heavier pot. We pot up lavender in a mixture of 2 parts multipurpose compost and 1 part grit. Ensure that the pot has good drainage. Some slow release fertilizer would help as well. Lavenders in pots need careful watering. It is better to give the plant a really good watering and then wait until the soil becomes quite dry before watering again, rather than water every day.

Q. Can you grow lavender on clay soil?
A. Lavender prefers a free draining, alkali soil rather than heavy, acidic soil. Clay is acidic, but more importantly, is often not free draining. You will struggle to grow lavender on clay unless you mix in, deeply, lots of organic matter and grit to improve the soil structure and drainage and add lime to reduce the acidity. If you are on clay soil, try planting lavender in raised beds, which will help keep their roots drier. Failing that, try growing lavender in pots.

Q. Does lavender suffer from any pests & diseases?
A. Not really – it is a remarkably tough and problem-free plant. On the disease side the most serious is Alfalfa Mosaic Virus (AMV). Bright yellow patches develop on the leaves in the spring and the young shoots may be twisted. The virus is spread by aphids and also any cutting tool that has been used on an infected plant. The only remedy is to remove the lavender plant, burn it and disinfect any tools used in connection with the infected plant. Shab (Phomopsis lavandulae) is a parasitic fungus that has caused enormous problems with commercial growers

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