CULTURE OF LAUREL LEAVES

 

In warm climates where seed is produced, seed may take six months to a year to germinate. Wood that is just beginning to harden makes the best cuttings, but even these take up to three months to root under the best conditions. This explains why potted small bays cost more than other herbs. The potted herb may be moved up as it grows to the largest pot size that is convenient, and thereafter maintained at that size by pruning the rootball and top pruning, filling in with new soil in the space created. When moving the plant outside in warmer weather, it must be acclimated to the sun or the leaves will burn. Unfortunately, bays are subject to scale insects; it can be treated with horticultural oil, or one can clean scale off the leaves with Q-tips dipped in alcohol.

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