Newest Review: ... something he is not. During the spring is the best time to trim a bay tree. Bay trees are can be tricky to grow as when they get older t... more
Great looking plant
Member Name: Ninski1
Advantages: Looks good and is very versatile in the kitchen
Disadvantages: Can be a bit difficult to look after
I have a bay tree sitting outside my kitchen window, in a pot, he is very happy as I have provided him with plenty of sun in a well drained soil, that is not too heavy or acidic. At the moment he is about 1 foot tall and about 30cms wide at the base, he tapers to a point and is growing new fresh leave all the time. During March, April, May and June he produced little white delicate flowers. The older leaves are dark green and shiny and the new growth is light green. As he is currently quite small I have not clipped him into a shape, as topiary is a popular way of making your bay trees into fine architectural works of art for your garden, I think I am going to see how he grows before I start shaping him into something he is not. During the spring is the best time to trim a bay tree.
Bay trees are can be tricky to grow as when they get older they are more prone to the effects of frost and become less adaptable to changing conditions, so it is important to try and maintain a happy balance for your plant, in that I mean not too sunny, as bit of shade will not hurt and also sheltered positions during the winter months.
Bay is used as herb in many different dishes and has a slightly menthol, woody taste that can be bitter sweet, so a little goes along way, too much and your dish will be very bitter. The bay leaf helps to flavour stews, soups and other dishes, but it is best know as a key component in a bouquet garni, which is essentially parsley, thyme and a bay leaf, tied together and used as a flavouring for soups and stews. Bay leaves can be used fresh or whole and if using the dried variety it will match the flavour of a fresh leave, unlike many other herbs that loose something of themselves when dried.
Overall I would recommend growing a bay tree or using bay leaves in cooking, they are easy to look after, look great and have a variety of different uses.
Summary: Versatile herb