Common Bay (Latin name Laurus nobilis) has shiny, dark green, aromatic leaves & is easy to grow..
Plant young plants in:
- Spring when danger of frost has past
- Well drained soil
- A sheltered spot
- In full sun
- Away from strong winds
Care of Bay Plants
- Water well, especially during dry periods over summer
- Feed monthly
- Prune long shoots off in summer
Harvesting Bay Leaves
- Pick Bay leaves at any time
- Best used fresh, although some people consider dried leaves to be less bitter
- Leaves can be dried by hanging a branch in an airy spot. The leaves will dry in a couple of weeks and can be stored for a year
Use Bay Leaves to flavour stocks, sauces, casseroles and marinades. One or two leaves are left in a dish as it cooks then retrieved before serving.
Sara from FarmingFriends had this comment on her website about black substance on bay leaves & asked if TopVeg could help.
“I have two standard bay trees in pots and have kept them like this for three years. Recently, I have noticed a black substance on the leaves which washes off with just plain water but keeps coming back! Do you have any idea what this is? Or what I can do to prevent this reoccuring? Mia”
Malcolm Allison, our plant consultant, has answered:
“This would be a result of aphid infestation ~ the aphids secrete honeydew which provides a substrate & nutrition for the black mould. I’d recommend spraying the aphids with soapy water (or water with a bit of washing up liquid in it), hopefully this should deal with the problem.”
Farming Friends & TopVeg have collaborated to create a How To Grow Bay card.
If you would like a pdf of the grow card for How to Grow Bay, please complete the contact form asking for the grow card for bay and we will email it to you.
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