Lavender may grow best in high altitudes

By: Andrew Reid Email
By: Andrew Reid Email

Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – The Western Slope may be one of the best spots in the world to grow lavender.

That theory is now being put to the test by the U.S. and Colorado Departments of Agriculture, which has given a grant of more than $18,000 to the Lavender Association of Western Colorado to conduct a study in Palisade.

The study will compare ten different types of lavender.

"The purpose is to go ahead and determine which ones do well and the quality of the essential oil they produce. This will allow us then to promote Western Colorado lavender in Western Colorado and increase production of lavender and essential oil in this area," says Dr. Curtis Swift with Swift Horticultural Enterprises.

The thought is that the oil produced at a high altitude will be better. Currently there is no data to support this, which is one reason for the study.

This Friday night beginning at 5 p.m. at the Jockey Building at the fairgrounds, there will be a lecture on lavender and the current study going on.

KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 200985531 -
Gray Television, Inc.