The Q&A Archives: Propagating Bayleaf Tree

Question: When is the correct time of the year and how do you properly propagate a Bay Leaf Tree?

Answer: You can take cuttings of your bay tree and root them during the summer months, or you can take root divisions (which is a little more complicated). Let's start with stem cuttings, and when you've gained some confidence, you can try root divisions.

Use a 6" long semi-ripe stem (one which grew the current season and has begun to develop bark), strip all leaves except those at the very top of the stem, dip the cut end in rooting hormone, and plant in a pot of moistened potting soil. Roots should form at the leaf scar at the bottom end of the cutting.

Good luck with your new bay leaf trees!

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