Answer: Sweet Bay requires very little water, and as you've discovered, too much water results in wilting and dying of new growth. Sounds like you've amended the soil to the proper proportions for fast drainage, so I suspect you're just watering too frequently. Try thoroughly soaking the soil by immersing the pot in a large container of water. Then refrain from watering until the soil is dry and the pot is light when you pick it up. Then immerse the pot again, keeping it there until air bubbles stop rising to the surface and the soil is thoroughly saturated. Don't water again until the pot is light when you pick it up.
You may only have to water your bay tree once during the winter months, and only once a month during the summer months, depending upon air temperature and rate of growth.
Hope the above guides you through the watering process and results in a happy, healthy bay tree!
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