25 Gallon
Sweet Bay
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Sweet Bay

Latin Name:

Laurus nobilis

Plant Type:

Herb, Tree

Description:

Leaves dark green and shiny. The tree stands shaping well to make a column or grow in a less formal manner.

Uses:

culinary, decorative shrubs, potpourri

Origin:

Asia Minor

Environment:

Suitable only for a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

GI

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires extra care

Temperature:

40-65°F, 4-16°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil barely moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed monthly spring through fall with a water soluble fertilizer. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

Prone to mealy bugs, scale and spider mites. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Stem cuttings and air-layering in the summer. Late Spring, Early Summer It is best to propagate any type of cuttings in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while. To air-layer a plant, take a sharp knife and cut half way through the stem about a foot down from the top. Put a toothpick in the wound sideways, wrap wet sphagnum moss and a plastic bag around the wound secured by either rubber bands or tape. When roots form, cut off below the roots and plant.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist frequently with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining). Requires good ventilation. Do not over-water this plant in the winter, however it likes being outdoors in the summer. The leaves are known as bay leaves and can be used in the kitchen.

Is Genus:

No

Flower Color:

Pale yellow-green

Growth Rate:

Slow

Hardiness Zones:

8,9,10

Height:

240 to 480

Width:

180 to 240

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