Pair of 1/2 Standard Bay Trees

Laurus nobilis
£89.95
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2 Half Standard Bay Trees

Overall height: 100-110cm (inc. pot)

Trunk height: 60cm

Diameter of Head: 35-40cm

Container Size: 7 litre

1/2 Standard Laurus noblis

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These lovely Sweet bay pairs are our best selling size, they make a wondeful pair of topiary trees to go either side of the doorway or entrance. They can be planted into the ground in the border or herb garden or they can be planted into pots or vases. Bay trees are evergreen shrubs with dark glossy, aromatic leaves which can be used for cooking, simply just pluck from the tree and use straight away or the leaves can be dried and stored to use anytime, so its no suprise that bay trees make wonderful presents or gifts for the gardener or cook!

Where more than one tree is ordered we will do our best to match up trees to work well together. We recommend http://www.vasotoscano.com/ for fabulous frostproof terracotta pots. We send out a care note with every order detailing all the feeding, watering and planting requirements.

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  • Situation Open Close

    Box and bay topiary is suitable in full sun, part shade or full shade, watering just needs to be adjusted accordingly. A sheltered site best suits bay in winter, as it is less resilient than box in a very hard winter. Box and bay both suit all soil types apart from waterlogged! In a container, a soil based compost such as John Innes No.3 with added organic matter and coarse grit to aid stability and drainage would be ideal.

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  • Feeding Open Close

    Containerised topiary plants rely on you for all their feed and watering requirements. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer such as Vitax Q4 once a month from Apr-Jul. Discolouration of foliage is usually due to lack of feeding - white or orange tips on box indicates potassium deficiency, as does an overall bronzing of the foliage. In both instances feed with Vitax Q4 regularly spring-summer. In bay, yellow leaves would likely indicate a lack of feed too.

  • Pruning Open Close

    As a minimum, prune topiary during early June then again in October to shape it up ready for winter. Alternatively, trim little and often throughout the growing season. It is important not to trim box in hot weather otherwise the cut edges can scorch. It is best to trim bay with secateurs to avoid unsightly cut leaves that will turn brown. Topiary shears or a small hedge-trimmer are ideal for trimming box to shape.

  • Watering Open Close

    Don't rely on rainfall to water containerised topiary; the foliage is so dense that little, if any, rain would reach the soil. Water container grown plants throughout the growing season (Apr-Sept). The frequency depends on the sun/shade situation of the plants and the weather conditions. The symptoms of drought for box are the new growth turning blue and wilting, and the older growth turning yellow/orange. On bay, wilting of new growth is easier to spot. Waterlogging can also be a problem if the container does not drain between watering or sits in water. 

  • Pests and Diseases Open Close

    On bay, low numbers of yellow leaves is part of the natural shedding process; these can just be picked off if too unsightly. However, if an excessive amount of yellow leaves appear this can be a symptom of waterlogging; check the compost. Black leaf spots on bay also signifies waterlogging, or old, tired compost, re-pot removing the bottom third of compost by gently teasing out the root ball and also the top 5cm of the compost. The roots can also be lightly pruned to aid re-potting.

  • Winter Care Open Close

    Containerised topiary can be susceptible to a frozen rootball in a very hard winter if the pot is relatively small, ideally move to a sheltered position. Be careful not to trim topiary too early in the season as new growth is very susceptible to frost damage. Late May/early June is ideal for the first trim of the year. Bay are more susceptible than box to winter foliage damage, a sheltered position will help to minimise this.

 
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