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06/07/2014 at 19:21

Hi All,

I have a little bay tree in a pot. It's been there around three months or so, and is around a foot tall. It has been putting on new growth, with large pale green leaves. Just today, those leaves started to curl. It was a very hot day, but the plant was well watered.

Any suggestions as to what might have caused that, and how it can be fixed?

Thank you!


06/07/2014 at 19:44

Hi Om

Could you look at the curled leaves in the curl and see if there is any small greyish white insects

06/07/2014 at 20:13

Thanks Buddyboy,

No sign of any insects.

06/07/2014 at 20:15

A photo would help. 

06/07/2014 at 20:17


It's getting dark now. I'll post one tomorrow.

06/07/2014 at 20:20


06/07/2014 at 20:28

Hi Om

The only other things that causes curling in Bay leaves is overwatering and wind if exposed

12/07/2014 at 12:20

Thanks, and sorry for the delay. I'm attaching a couple of snaps here. Actually, the curl has much reduced over the last couple of days. Buddyboy, I thought they liked it pretty damp? I was wondering if it was the heat, as their straightening out after a day or three that has been much cooler.


12/07/2014 at 13:23

Hi Om

Its not unheard of for the leaves to curl when its very hot, its looking good, if it gets very hot again and they start to curl then you know what the problem is, but the main problem with leaf curl in bay trees is overwatering and exposed sites, and your chilli is looking good as well

12/07/2014 at 21:04

Thank you!

I'll maybe ease back on the watering a bit too then.

12/07/2014 at 21:07

Bay trees need well-drained soil and hate soggy roots - over-watering can cause problems.  Let it dry out a bit.  

13/07/2014 at 14:56

  Hello, I am new to this site, could anyone tell me when is the best time to trim a bay tree. Mine is about 8ft tall and around 4ft wide. its growing really well but suffered one side getting wind burn. many thanks.

13/07/2014 at 15:26

Hi Jackie

Bay trees are normally hard pruned in the spring and light pruned in the summer

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