Bay (Laurus Nobilis) Tree

HERB-BAY-1-6

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Bay tree is a great tree to grow if you are a keen cook, a fan of elegant topiary, or would like a hedge with a difference. 

Urban Bounty Bay Trees are nice and young, so that they can easily be pruned into shape. 

What are Bay (Laurus Nobilis, Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel) Trees 

Bay trees are a fragrant, bushy evergreen tree from the Mediterranean. This tree looks simply gorgeous in Elegant and Mediterranean gardens alike.  It is also a hardy option for coastal gardens. 

In the ground and left to their own devices, Bay trees can grow quite large (up to 7 metres high).  However, you can easily keep them tamed with regular pruning.  Clip them into a hedge, standard or formal topiary for an elegant look.  Bay trees grow well in large pots - this also constrains their growth, so is a good option for city gardeners with a small space.   

Culinary Uses for Bay (Laurus Nobilis, Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel) Trees

Bay leaves can be used fresh and dried in cooking.  They add an aromatic, pungent depth to soups, stews and stocks, and are often used in European, Mediterranean cuisine.  We love them in Pumpkin and bacon risotto too - add a leaf during cooking and remove before eating.

Growing Conditions - Bay (Laurus Nobilis, Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel) Trees 

Bay Trees do best in a sheltered, sunny spot and free draining soil.  The ideal time to plant them is in spring or autumn.  Once established, they won't need staking, but young saplings may need support to stabilise the root ball. 

Young Bay Trees need regular watering over summer (water for the first three years).  Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. In spring, feed your tree with compost. Prune Bay Trees in late spring. A light haircut may be all that is needed, but harder pruning can be used to constrain tree growth. 

Growing Bay Trees in Pots

If growing your Bay Tree in a container, repot it each spring, replenishing the compost and soil to help keep pests and diseases at bay.  Ensure that your pot has good drainage and is propped up on feet so that excess water can drain away - Bay Trees hate wet roots!

What type of climate do Bay Trees Prefer?

Bay trees are moderately frost and wind tolerant, but container grown plants may be more sensitive.  If your region experiences temperatures that drop below -7 Celsius in the winter, we recommend that you grow it in a large pot and overwinter it in a warm, sheltered spot.   

 

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.

 

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