- Establishment of a
herb production venture involves relatively high capital investment,
particularly for plant material, irrigation, machinery and distillation
or drying equipment.
- The traditional
paradigm of herbal usage in China incorporates three concepts that are
relatively unfamiliar to Americans, but which can influence the way
herbs are produced, marketed, and used in the US.
- Herbs have cultural
requirements similar to bedding plants and it should be easy for
greenhouse growers to add herbs to their production schedule.
- The most important
requirements for herb plants are well-drained, rich soil and plenty of
sunshine and adequate water.
- The time to harvest
herb seeds is when they have changed color-from green to brown, but
before they drop.
- Herb roots are most
flavorful in the fall when fully developed, toward the end of the
- The main requirements
to produce medicinal herbs are the correct plant material, good
horticultural/arable soils, irrigation, good shelter, harvesting
equipment, a drier and drying shed, secondary sorting and processing
- Rack drying is
recommended for short-stemmed herbs and flowers such as thyme, oregano,
lavender and scented geraniums.
- Any herb can be
preserved by Freezing method.
- When harvesting
flowers and seed heads for herbal crafts it can cut any time they are
- Some herbs can be
propagated by layering. This basically means, you take a stem from the
main plant and cause it root, forming a new plant.
- Herb and flowers
seeds are produced in small quantity (and have small seeds) that it is
impractical to use a machine for threshing.
- The germination rate
of many agricultural seeds may be increased if exposed to alternations
in daily temperature.
- Medicinal herbs are
widely used as diet supplements and in the treatment of illness.
- Processing herbs to
alter their properties is an ancient method used in TCM that is actually
able to alter or enhance one or a number of specific biochemical
- The floodplain forest
of Litovelské Pomoraví is a semi-natural ecosystem endangered by human
activity both in the past and the present. Its ecology has been
investigated by analysing the herb layer.
- Approximately 37% of
Canadian imports of medicinal herbs (excluding ginseng and licorice) in
- Import substitution
is an immediate growth opportunity for the medicinal herb sector in
Canada. The Canadian medicinal herb market has grown the fastest in
Saskatchewan, and has the most potential for future growth.
- Interest in herb
production in New Mexico has accelerated as a result of efforts by
several organizations in the state.
- Respondents for a
questionnaire indicated they obtain herbs from U.S. suppliers (93.3%),
although many could also be importing. The most common type of supplier
used by respondents was specialty herb wholesalers, followed by growers
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