How to grow
Frost-sensitive; protect from frost in colder microclimates
- Type: Perennial, evergreen, woody
- Light: Full sun with light afternoon shade
- Soil: Well drained, slightly acidic
- Water: Low water use; deep watering every 2-3 weeks in summer
- Size: 20-40' high, unchecked
When to plant/propagate
- From seed: Difficult. Germination can be poor.
- Transplants: Plant in fall through spring
- Cuttings: Difficult. Rooting can take months.
Harvesting: Leaves may be harvested year round. Larger, older leaves tend to provide the strongest and best flavor.
Indoors: Can be grown indoors with 6 hours of bright light from a sunny window, or 12-16 hours of supplemental light provided by cool white fluorescent or LED lamps.
Common pests & diseases
- Grecian laurel, Sweetbay - Laurus nobilis Family Lauraceae (Laurel Family), UC Integrated Pest Management Program
- Bay Laurel, Herb Gardening, University of Illinois Extension
- Grow Herbs!, UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
- Sweet Bay, Laurus nobilis, University of Wisconsin-Madison Master Gardener Program