We bought a seedling a few inches high years ago. It got every kind of bug and almost died. Now we have to prune it to keep it pot-sized. It goes outside after the winter. Have to give away lots of leaves.
I think the seedling was weak and neglected. After multiple treatments, it never looked back. It doesn't seem to mind being totally soaked after a big rain, although I always drained it later. Doesn't seem to mind dry soil either. New growth can wilt in full sun. We leave it outside where it doesn't get full sun all day.
I had a huge bay tree in my parent's backyard when I was a kid. That and rosemary. Seems like everything I ate growing up was seasoned with those two herbs. Now that I live in zone 4b, it's a bit trickier to get a bay to grow. I've had Lloyd's experience with pests on bay inside - seems to attract everything. But now I am tempted to try it again. I miss bringing seafood I caught home ( or cubes of beef) and wrapping them in fresh bay leaves from the garden to grill on a skewers. And, now I'm off to go see how much a small bay tree will run me.