Standard bay in pots

Bay – Grow Guide

Evergreen bay is easy to grow - find out how in this useful guide.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do Prune in May

Do Prune in June

Do Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Bay (Laurus nobilis) is an evergreen shrub that’s grown for its aromatic leaves. The leaves are used to flavour dishes. They’re the main ingredient in a ‘bouquet garni’ and can be used dried or fresh.

In more recent years it has also become a popular plant for formal container displays. Often sold trained as a standard or shaped, bay is an alternative to yew or box topiary. Plants are most often positioned either side of a front door as a formal and year-round welcome to guests.

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