How to Grow Canola for Canola Oil

According to the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute in Missouri, canola oil is popular as a cooking oil thanks to is low level of saturated fats. The oil is found in many restaurants and stores today as an alternative to other types of oil, and some movie theaters use the oil as a healthy alternative to butter for popcorn. If you are interested in making your own canola oil, growing canola plants can take you well on your way.

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Things You'll Need

  • Soil tiller
  • Watering can or hose
  • Canola seeds
  • Fertilizer


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      Chose an area with well-drained soil in which to plant your canola. Till the soil to create a nicely packed planting area for your canola seeds.

    • 2

      Plant canola in late April or early May, during the spring weather. Canola seeds are frost tolerant to 24 degrees Fahrenheit; you must plant the seeds after you can be sure that soil temperatures will not drop below that.

    • 3

      Moisten the soil with water. Plant canola seeds 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch below the ground; do not plant them any deeper than one inch, or else they will not get the warmth and light they need to grow. Plant seeds at least six inches apart to allow room for growth.

    • 4

      Water canola seeds only as necessary to keep the soil moist, but not soaking wet. Canola is susceptible to over-watering, and too much water in the soil can kill the plants.

    • 5

      Fertilize the canola with sulfur-rich fertilizer after planting. Spread the fertilizer around so that it stays at least two inches from the seeds; direct contact with fertilizer can damage the seeds.

    • 6

      Eliminate weeds from the planting bed. Weeds will compete with the canola for much-needed nutrients.

    • 7

      Treat diseases and insect infestations as necessary. Common canola diseases include blackleg disease and white mold.

Tips & Warnings

  • Canola plants can resist some herbicides, fungicides and insecticides, but not all. Consult with an expert at your local garden center or nursery if you are having trouble with weeds, diseases or insects on your canola plants.
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