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
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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.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
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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
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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.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
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Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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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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