Bay Laurel Plant One Gallon
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- Shipped potted in soil with plastic bag to ensure a healthier start when planted in yard or garden.
- The Bay Laurel is an evergreen shrub or small tree best known for its fragrant foliage and use as a flavorful seasoning.
- The bay laurel takes well to clipping, giving you the flexibility to use this plant as a formal hedge or topiary, often times used in matched pairs for symmetrical compositions.
- The laurel fits very well into small gardens and city courtyards. Use classical Greco-Roman styled terra cotta pots if using the laurel as a patio tree.
- Can grow to over 10 feet if you let it, but with continuous clipping, size can be maintained much shorter. This evergreen is hardy to USDA zone 8 and all higher zones.
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The Bay Laurel is an evergreen shrub or small tree best known for its fragrant foliage and use as a flavorful seasoning. The bay laurel takes well to clipping, giving you the flexibility to use this plant as a formal hedge or topiary, often times used in matched pairs for symmetrical compositions. The laurel fits very well into small gardens and city courtyards. Use classical Greco-Roman styled terra cotta pots if using the laurel as a patio tree. Can grow to over 10 feet if you let it, but with continuous clipping, size can be maintained much shorter. This evergreen is hardy to USDA zone 8 and all higher zones, and is shipped potted in soil to ensure a healthier start when planted in yard or garden.
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UPDATE: There were some bumps on the plant when it arrived and I didn't think anything of it at the time. It turned out that the plant was infested with scale bugs. I've been trying to treat them with Neem Oil. I have done 4 applications, one week apart and still have not fully removed the infestation. During the treatment process, the plant was stressed and lost some leaves. It's still healthy but I would have to wash the leaves thoroughly of bug matter and Neem Oil before use. What scares me is that I almost infested the other plants that were located in the same area where I placed it. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK YOUR PLANT FOR INFESTATION. If there is shiny, sticky goo on the leaves, you probably have an infested plant.
Also, the flavor of the leaves is not strong at all, nowhere near the flavor of dry leaves.
One more UPDATE: 8 months later. The plant has not survived either the indoor environment or my scale bug treatment. I still have it by the same window where it gets direct sun half the day. The house is at 70 degrees. It lost all its leaves. Most of the branches are withered. I guess I was hoping for a growth spurt. I still have not killed all the mites so maybe it's time to throw it out :( Maybe I should have gotten it a plant light as some of my other plants do well with them.
Not only the plant is wonderful, but it was the BEST packaging I've ever seen for a plant, ever. It was so perfect that when I pulled it out of the box, it looked as happy and refreshed as a plant that you just picked up at a nursery, and not at all like a plant that has spent time traveling in the mail.
I've bought plants shipped by other places before, and they usually arrive in a variety of miserable states, but this plant looked like it had just been in its pot in my garden all this time, and not traveling around. I was amazed! No messy soil everywhere, no broken branches, no crushed leaves, not a single harm to the plant. Everything was perfect, and that was only possible thanks to their awesome packaging.
It's also delicious! I have it sitting by the window in my kitchen, and have already made three different dishes using the leaves. :)
I'll happily order more plants from them, if they're all of such quality and shipped as well!!
The planting instructions are detailed and complete and are on a strong tag. I think the tag will survive well as I keep referring to it to learn how to care for this wonderful, evergreen plant. All of the foliage on this Sweet Bay plant is clean, free of insects and a lovely bright green.
In a few moments I will add two or three of the leaves to a sauce I am preparing to serve over rice and chicken. And I caution myself to remove all the bay leaves before serving the sauce so that no one will choke on the bay leaves: They do not cook down but remain whole and could cause people to choke if they are accidently swallowed. Experienced cooks know that they need to keep track of the number of bay leaves added to the cooking, and, to be on the safe side, they are counted again as they are removed from the cooked food. Or, they can be included in a cheesecloth-wrapped bouquet garni with other herbs.
Sept. 20, 2013: Sad news! Bad news! The plant had been thriving when we planted it outdoors. But this weekend it died and all the new growth died along with the main plant. Lasted not quite four months.
Nov. 24, 2013: I will try once more and order another plant like this one today. Hope it will thrive.