A comprehensive guide to growing bay leaves, including sun requirements, spacing, planting, feeding, and when to harvest
What soil is good for Bay Leaf?
Rich, well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in.
How much sun do Bay Leaf need?
Full sun to partial afternoon shade.
Are Bay Leaf frost tolerant?
Can tolerate winter temperatures no lower than -7°C (20°F). In cold climates, bay is best grown in a container that can be kept indoors over winter.
How much space do Bay Leaf need?
Roughly 2m apart if planting as a hedge.
When should I plant Bay Leaf?
Best planted out in spring, once temperatures have warmed, however can be planted at any time of the year as long as it's protected from frost.
Plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.
Dig a hole 2-3 times the width of the root ball. The hole should allow the plant to sit at the same level in the soil as it was previously. Fill the hole with soil ensuring the crown of the plant, where roots and stem meet, is level with the soil surface.
What do I feed Bay Leaf?
Before planting, prepare the soil by working in compost. Feed with an organic fertiliser from spring through to late summer.
When can I harvest Bay Leaf?
Harvest the leaves as needed by trimming the stems.
What pests do Bay Leaf get?
Scale, Psyllids, Aphids, Mites, Slug, Snail
What diseases do Bay Leaf get?
Root Rot, Sooty Mold
Is there anything else I need to know about Bay Leaf?
Leaves can be dried and stored for later use.
How do I troubleshoot my growing problems?
If growing in a container, re-pot by moving to slightly larger containers as the tree grows, this will prevent it from becoming root bound.