BAY LAUREL (Laurus nobilis) is a classic Mediterranean tree the leaves, buds and flowers of which are used for culinary purposes. That is why buying ORGANIC plants is so important for your health. The blooms are beautiful, the buds offer chefs a concentrated burst of flavor, but it is the leaves, pinched and used fresh or dried (the dried is more pungent), that are most commonly used, especially since pruning will provide many. In my Italian cooking, no dish is complete without it. Bay is also used in perfumery and as a carminative (relieves gastric gasses - another good reason to use in your cooking). The tree can grow up to 40 feet under ideal conditions, but can also be pruned to size desired and also make great topiary subjects. Outdoors they grow like crazy. Perennial Zones 8-10 (although I am in 7b and they are perennial here as well - even through one of the worst winters of my memory). But you can also grow very successful in containers that can be brought in during cold weather. You will receive one seedling in a 3.5" pot.
GROWING TIPS: Transplant after "hardening off" when all danger of frost is past in a sunny position in a mix of sand and loam with good drainage. If you are in cooler climates, it won't mind being crowded with other protective plants as long as the sun hits it most of the day. Can also be pot grown if given a deep enough pot and brought in for the winter provided you give it excellent light. Bay Laurel grows in spurts, usually in Spring and Summer, so feed a balanced liquid fertilizer when this is going on.
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