I’m reposting some of my photos and brief comments from my Perfume From Your Garden Book page on Facebook here. There’s a lot of comments on that page, so if you’d like to join us there, please do. It can be found here.
From last week:
Whew! Just finished up the Plant Pages for the book Perfume From Your Garden, but I need to go back and rework the charts on each plant, that includes growing information and extraction methods. The last plant is ylang ylang, but I thought that this photo of vetiver roots would stop you in your tracks. It can grow to 4 meters – that’s right, 12 feet. There are reports of 6 meters long harvests in commercial operations. I grow mine in pots ranging from 2 to 3 feet in depth, and that provides more than enough vetiver for my uses. It takes 18 months to mature, and does need subtropical temps.
I’ll be here for your perfumery questions in the Ask the Perfumer forum until 10 PM ET USA tonight