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Damage to new bay leaves


 
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 4:21 pm    Post subject: Damage to new bay leaves Reply with quote

I have a Laurus nobilis in a pot that's been neglected for a few years. This spring I cut it back hard and left it in my conservatory. Last week I noticed a few new shoots so I moved it outside to harden them off.
However, yesterday I noticed that the new leaves are turning black and are dried out. I assume this is wind damage as I live on an exposed mountain top. It's very windy here with no prevailing wind (it comes from all cardinal points, all the time)!

Can someone confirm my suspicions or suggest another explanation?



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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like frost damage,
Unfortunately for us it is a Mediterranean plant and not native of Ireland It will always struggle unless in a warm courtyard and sheltered from the wind.
Now someone will tell us here "I have one in a wind tunnel under a gutter getting soaked all the time and Producing berries and Im supplying the local nursery with cuttings," Not true the only time they look good is when they are imported and on the shelves its down hill after that. Just like the Ligustrum balls you see for sale.
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooops Greengage, you're not going to like this.......I have a perverse bay tree that is more than just surviving, ( we live on a horribly windswept hillside )and in fact is looking quite cheerful after this awful spring too !.....up against a wooden fence, and now a plump and happy 5ft+
However, I bought the original tiny plant from a very eccentric herb-grower whose stock had proved its worth in difficult/exposed Wicklow Mts. conditions so that is probably the answer to everything in life,
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've about a dozen bay seedlings that I grew from seed. These are doing quite well. They were picked from a healthy bay hedge growing outdoors in Dublin. Maybe their Irish origins explain why they're doing so well.
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