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Our Price: $9.95
ZONE: 8 - 10
EXPOSURE: Full to Part Sun
SIZE: 15'H x 20'S Mature
BLOOM: Chartruese, Late Spring
POT SIZE: 3.5" Pot

Availability: In Stock




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Bay Leaf Trees

Laurus Nobilis - Sweet Bay

Our bay trees, also know as "Bay Laurel" or "Sweet Bay", are the perfect gift for any avid cook and a must in your herb gardening efforts. These herb plants, among our most popular, are mature bay plants that have been growing in our greenhouses for almost a year. Our sweet bay trees have a thick woody stem and gorgeous, waxy green leaves.

Please note that Bay Leaf Plants are SLOW growers and our plants are, on average, 3" - 4" high.

The smell of this noble herb reminds you of balsam, clove, mint, and some say even honey! This popular culinary herb has beautiful, broad shiny leaves and is slow growing but easy to care for. Difficult to grow from seed, bay plants can take up to 6 months to germinate, so patience is very important with this Mediterranean native.

The bay leaf is well known for its use in hearty stews and other long-simmering dishes. The slightly sharp, peppery, almost bitter taste adds much to dinner. Add the whole leaves at the beginning of the cooking process and remember to remove them before serving. Sweet bay makes a good meal great by adding its earthy taste and when kept in proper conditions, has a long shelf life of about a year.

Bays have also been very important medicinally and culturally throughout time. A symbol of high class and victory in Greek and Roman history, crowns of bay leaves were worn by athletes, scholars, politicians and the upper class. Medicinally, Bays have been used to treat earaches, rashes caused by poison ivy, rheumatism, arthritis and even high blood pressure. The pungent oil found in Bays also makes a great natural insect repellent.

*** please note: unless specified plants come in 3.25" grower pots
Zones: 8 -10

15'H x 20'S Mature

Full to Part Sun

Chartreuse, Late Spring

A popular culinary herb, Bay (Laurus Nobilis) is great in hearty stews or to season meats. Bays have a long shelf life of about one year when kept under proper temperatures and away from humidity. Also a great medicinal herb, Bay is used to treat rashes from poison ivy and as a natural insect repellent.

A very easy but extremely slow growing herb, Bay has shallow roots and grows very well in containers. Once potted, it will need to be pruned to maintain a small stature. Feeding it an organic fertilizer in the spring and maybe mid summer such as kelp or fish emulsion, will help your potted bay stay healthy. One of the most popular herbs in our greenhouse, Bay is in high demand because of its long maturation period.

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 16 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Great tree, but... January 22, 2016
Reviewer: Stephen from Scott, LA United States  
The bay tree I bought was in excellent condition and had a great scent to it. Unfortunately it was utterly destroyed by some yard workers mere days after being planted! I will certainly replace it with a new specimen as part of my next order.

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  5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Great Expectations August 24, 2015
Reviewer: TonyV from Argyle, TX United States  
The small potted Bay was part of a larger order. Everything arrived well packed and in great shape. I took a chance and re-potted the Bay right away so that I don't have to disturb it for a few years, and so far it is looking very good. The Growers Exchange were a pleasure to deal with. and just about everything they sent is growing. Looking forward to next year.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Love the 3 year old Bay! April 22, 2015
Reviewer: Debbie from Carrollton, TX United States  
Arrived in great condition (purchased the pre-potted 3 year old) and after only 3 weeks - lots of new
growth!  So excited about this little gem!

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
The best plant February 6, 2015
Reviewer: hunter salch from white city, OR United States  
I ordered 1 of these along with some others its THE BEST plant i ever owned! thank you!!

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  8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
bay tree June 15, 2014
Reviewer: lkm from atlanta, GA United States  
received my little tree and it started growing right away.  have used it in cooking much more fragrant than the dried leaves. it has grown at least an inch.

like my previous bay trees this little one already has developed scale so I fight with the ants, who love scale.  I got a tip from an old gardener to take a Q tip and dip it into whiskey or vodka and treat every leaf both front and back with it, and the stem as  well  it does not take more than about a teaspoon every time and does not harm the plant. less toxic than chemical pesticides .I treat every week to keep the plant healthy.  it rewards me with vigorous growth.
thanks for all your lovely herbs.

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