Posted: 18/11/2013 at 20:16
Hi Altafica - [what does that mean?]
If you value the bay, I'd suggest a pair of safety glasses or goggles and a lump hammer should do the trick - that way you maximise the root ball and have the option of repotting into something even larger or, preferably, giving the plant its freedom and a chance to show its true worth in a key spot in your garden!
Hope you've plenty of room in your garden, 'cos a bay can easily grow to 10-12 feet and 5-6 feet spread in 5 years...
*I've three very vigourous 20+ year old bays in my mid-terrace garden, but by dint of hard pruning they've become quite respectable "lollipops" about 2 metres by 1.5 metres wide. [As a culinary item, the prunings are readily distributed to neighbouring housewives and work colleagues].
**Take few cuttings to root on for yourself & you should have some material to go into a different pot in a year or so?