Vegetables and Fruit forum: Sweet bay leaf

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Seattle WA. Zone 7
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Sherri
Oct 14, 2011 8:42 PM CST
Hi. Hope this is the right place to ask about this little guy. I have a little bay leaf plant in a small pot that spent last winter outside. I thought I had lost it, but it managed to come back this year. We are zone 7.
Any suggestions for doing a better job this winter? Any body have any luck with these guys in pots?
Thanks.
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Oct 14, 2011 10:01 PM CST
I keep a bay tree in a pot. It is hardy in my area but I bring it indoors overwinter.
I prune it back in the fall and dry those leaves for use in cooking.

The bay should stay on the dry side through winter when its' growth has slowed.
I think when potted the roots will be vulnerable to freezing temperatures.
As a result, I would move it to a protected area when temperatures drop to freezing if you are unable to keep it indoors.
Seattle WA. Zone 7
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Sherri
Oct 14, 2011 11:16 PM CST
Thanks!
Do you mean you remove all the leaves?
Mine has six so I assume your tree is bigger and bushy. How far back do you prune it?
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Oct 15, 2011 5:15 AM CST
No, I wouldn't prune yours yet and I never remove all the leaves.
My plant is older and about 2 or 3 feet tall. I prune to keep it potbound size.
I only remove some of the longer new growth to use the leaves and control the plant size.

It sounds like yours is a young plant. I am glad it survived the winter outdoors for you.
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SongofJoy
Oct 15, 2011 9:06 AM CST
You can grow it in a smaller pot, but in my experience they need a larger pot to thrive ... and you can move it out and in as your weather dictates. They are generally hardy above zone 8 so 7 is borderline. They like very bright light.
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