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Hirt's Sweet Bay Laurel Herb -Laurus nobilis- 4" pot
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- Homegrown by Hirt's Gardens
- 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
- Easy to grow
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<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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
It looks like a cute little tree.
Thank you for the great product!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very compact little plant but refuses to grow after transplanting.Published 14 hours ago by WILFO HERNANDEZ
It arrived in good condition...but it diet in 3 weeks..I don't know what was the cause ...I just couldn't save it :(Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have this growing on my deck, for the summer. It is growing quite well. It's almost doubled in size and is a pretty plant. Read morePublished 14 days ago by kdblaisdell
It died. Had some kind of rot. Won't buy again. Very dissatisfiedPublished 19 days ago by Raul Luffberry
This plant arrived in good condition and even had some new growth showing up along the main stem. It took me two weeks to get it repotted and since then the new shoots are leafed... Read morePublished 26 days ago by MrsKK
Poor thing came all squished in a box. Only about 8" tall. Seems to be coming out of it. Hoping it will grow!!!!Published 27 days ago by Nan Karr
I have had this plant two years now and have repotted it twice. It has grown from a 14 inch little healthy plant to a four foot bush. It has grown at least 24 inches this year. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Bonnie L. Green
I use bay leaves almost daily. It is great to have access to fresh leaves and dry my own leaves for future use. The tree was healthy when I received it and is thriving.Published 1 month ago by Kozy Nook