How To Grow Bay Leaves

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I never miss an opportunity to add new herbs to our ever growing selection. Although this one has tree like characteristics it is actually a herb and is used as such. If you missed the headline, I am talking about growing bay leaf.

The scientific name is Laurus Nobilis, and its origins are in the Mediterranean region. Most people (like me) use it as seasoning in soups, stews and sauces. I sometimes also add a few leaves to my rice, when I make curry rice. It can also be used to deter weevils and in ointment to reduce inflammation of the joints.

How To Grow Bay Leaves

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • bay leaf cuttings or seedlings
  • mulch
  • large pot
  • organic fertilizer
  • potting soil
  • water beads
  • vermiculite
  • grow lights (optional)

You can grow bay leaf both indoors or outdoors. Indoors is perfect for those in colder climates, however when grown in pots the tree only gets about 6 feet tall as opposed to 40 feet tall outside. The best time to start propagating cuttings is the end of summer. The best soil is rich and well drained. Also make sure you find a nice sunny spot, as it loves to sun bathe a lot. LOL

Make sure you plant it in wide and deep pot, that is not terracotta. Keep away from vents or doors, as drafts tend to affect the plant. When you bring the plant inside for winter, try to avoid fertilizing it and wait until the Spring time to do so.

It will take a few years before the leaves are ready for harvesting. When it is time to harvest, try pick the older leaves they tend to have more flavor. Always dry your leaves for at least 48 hours before using, if you have ever tasted a fresh bay leaf, you know how bitter it can be! When dried you can store them in an air tight container, in a cool dry place.

You can get more information on the Herb Gardner blog, here…

Growing Bay Leaves

You can watch the video below on propagating bay leaf…

You can watch the video below on growing bay leaf…


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