Answer: Your Laurus nobilis, or Sweet Bay Laurel, will take full sunshine to part afternoon shade. It will grow slowly to about 25' in average garden soil with excellent drainage. Water your laurel regularly until it becomes established by supplying one-inch of water per week to the root area. You can build a basin around the base of the plant and fill the basin once each week during the growing season, until fall or winter rains take over. By next year it should be established enough to get along with very little water during winter, spring and fall, but should be watered during the hottest months of summer. You can prune your Bay Laurel into a hedge or allow it to grow into a tree. The leaves can be used in cooking.
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