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Hirt's Sweet Bay Laurel Herb -Laurus nobilis- 4" pot

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  • Bay laurel is a pyramid-shaped tree or large shrub with aromatic, evergreen leaves and shiny gray bark
  • It can reach 60' in height in its native range, but generally is much smaller (3-10' tall)
  • Size Shipped: 4" pot
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Sweet Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis). Bay laurel is a pyramid-shaped tree or large shrub with aromatic, evergreen leaves and shiny gray bark. It can reach 60' in height in its native range, but generally is much smaller (3-10' tall) in culture. The leaves are elliptic, 3-4" long, rather thick and leathery, and shiny dark green. Clusters of small yellow flowers are produced in spring, followed, on the female plants, by shiny black or purple berries about 1/2" long. </FONT>

<FONT color=#000000>Location: Bay laurel is native to the southern Mediterranean region. It is grown commercially for its aromatic leaves in Turkey, Algeria, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, and Mexico. </FONT>

<FONT color=#000000>Culture: Light: Bay laurel grows best in partial shade. Moisture: Water when dry. Bay laurel thrives with frequent watering in rich, well-drained soil. Hardiness: USDA Zones 8 - 10. Propagation: Bay laurel seeds are slow to germinate and often rot before they do. Cuttings taken from semi-hard, green tip shoots in summer will root in 6-9 months if they don't rot first. It can be grown as a house plant in room temperatures ranging between 40° and 65°, if it gets at least four hours of bright light a day, or 12 hours of strong artificial light. Keep the soil moist in spring and moderately dry the rest of the year; good drainage is essential. </FONT>

<FONT color=#000000>Bay Laurel makes an excellent house plant in room temperatures ranging between 40° and 75°, if it gets at least four hours of bright light a day, or 12 hours of strong artificial light. Keep the soil moist in spring and moderately dry the rest of the year; good drainage is essential. It can be set outside during the summer and brought inside during the winter. </FONT>

<FONT color=#000000>The popular culinary seasoning, bay leaf, is used extensively in French, Italian, Spanish and Creole cooking.


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Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Hirt's
ASIN B0027JS22K
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4.5 out of 5 stars 198 customer reviews

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By L. Gale on July 23, 2010
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The plant processed and arrived in only 3 days after I placed the order.

The size after planting is 14" and has about 20 leaves. Also, there is about 5" of thick healthy roots when unbound and straightened out for transplanting.

After it arrived, I put it in full sun to recover from any shock during the shipment. It only took about 30 minutes for full recovery. I wanted to wait for full recovery as from the research I have done on this plant, it does not like to be transplanted. In fact, it is recommended to transplant no more than every 5 years. Usually if I receive a shipped plant, it goes right into the pot from package.

After transplanting and watering in a well drained system, a pot with potting soil, the plant did wilt. The top 2" fell over so badly I almost made the mistake of cutting it off. I gave it some mist and after 45 minuets in full sun it recovered to a very healthy plant.

The leaves are gorgeous and smell so good.

I have tried in the past to grow one of these plants from seed. That does not work well as it can take up to 3 months to germinate and in the process the seed may rot - which happened in my case.
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I am passionate about fresh herbs and spices and especially using fresh bay leaves. I had a 3 year old bay plant that died due to a sprinkler malfunction last year. I had ordered another plant from a local nursery (for a cost of 50 bucks with shipping) and it didn't survive the summer and I was bummed out thinking that this winter would be bleak without fresh bay leaves.

I ordered the seed kit from this same company (5 seeds) and planted them. 3 germinated after months of waiting but the plants are not very big (3 inches so far but healthy) so no fresh bay from them this year (but I have high hopes for next year).

Then I saw this ad for a live plant for only 14 bucks with 6 bucks to ship (since I spent 50 bucks for my two previous plants and they both died, I didn't want to risk spending that much again). The reviews were good and I was willing to risk 20 bucks one last time.

I was shocked by the large size of the plant when it arrived (about 18 inches tall). It was larger than the plant that I bought from the local nursery for 50 bucks (that died). It was about the same size as the plant I purchased earlier that died from the sprinkler malfunction but that one was also 50 bucks. The pot was small (only 4 inches) and the plant was a little root bound so I cut the pot off with shears and replanted it in a 1 gallon nursery can. The plant was a little droopy from it's time in the shipping container but by the next day after replanting, it was reaching for the sky.

I will be able to pluck a few leaves this winter for my soups and stews. The large size means that it will grow significantly next year. My little seedlings should also grow nicely next year so I will no longer have to worry about getting fresh bay leaves when I need them as I will scatter them about the yard so if one sprinkler circuit fails, the others should survive. I am a happy camper.
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By Kim on March 11, 2014
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Today I received a beautiful plant, healthy strong, without any kind of disease. I am very satisfied with this purchase and the seller who has this plant carefully packed for shipment. I took some pictures for those who have doubts to buy it. thank you.
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I recently ordered a second bay plant from Hirt's. My first one was beautiful and I have had it for several months. However, I am not happy with this new addition, it came crispy and all the leaves have died or turned a weird shade of sickly green/brown. I water it but the leaves came to me in that shape. I'm hoping I can revive the plant, but who ever shipped this plant did a horrible job. Never had a problem from this company before and I plan to use them again, so I'm hoping this was a one time problem.
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LOOOOVE this plant & it's beautiful- it's grown slow but steady- best when it's in the sunniest spots & kept moist since it's a thirsty plant (esp in winter when my house is dry).
I keep a supply of dried organic bay leaves since I go through a lot- I save these for special meals- and they are SOOOO much more flavorful & aromatic than the dried ones.
I live in upstate NY so this has to come in during the colder months where growth slows- do keep in sunny spot.
Would make a great gift for that impossible person to buy for, who happens to be a foodie.
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By Kateryna on February 28, 2012
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The plant arrived VERY quickly! It's a real deal for those who is very excited and obsessive to get what he wants ASAP. The plant looks healthy and there is no damage during shipping.
It looks like a cute little tree.
Thank you for the great product!
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I was somewhat intrepidatious when I received this plant. It was packed well but seemed to have a whitish coating on it's leaves. I washed it upon arrival and after 24hrs rest from it's travel and unpacking, I repotted it. It is now growing more leaves and appears to be a healthy thriving plant so there was no need for my worry. I am very happy to have this as my older bay was on it's way out after many happy years in my potted herb garden and I use bay leaves quite often when I cook. There is nothing like a fresh bay leaf it's so much better than the dried although I did dry the leaves on the older plant before I put it out to pasture..
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