Bay laurel- Laurus nobilis (aka Bay leaves) seed

Lloyd Gordon

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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.
 

Avery

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Ok, good to know. Apparently they like fairly dry soil, and excess moisture can cause problems- I wonder if that’s what happened, Lloyd?

I probably should have started these seeds earlier in the season, but I’ll still give em a try.
 

Lloyd Gordon

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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.
 

Apoplast

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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.
 

Avery

Carnivore
Soaked the seeds in water for 24 hours and then peeled off the outer skin, potted them up and stuck em in the fridge

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Lloyd Gordon

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Here's our Bay-leaf tree. Last spring, it got so root bound that my wife had to saw the root ball in half to repot it. Its getting big again.IMG_20200515_100747958.jpg
 

Lloyd Gordon

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Every now and then, it gets way too big for the pot and my wife prunes it back and there are tons of leaves to dry.
 
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