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I had a beautiful bay tree but stupidly didn't realise that I should've wrapped it up last winter so it went crispy and brown and I was gearing up to call it a day but spotted some new green growth so i stuck it in a pot out the back and now I have this...


It's basically a tangle of new growth but I don't know what to do with it? 

If i leave it will it just become a new tree or do i need to somehow train it? 



  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,129

    Hello MrsFoxglove

    I have bay trees growing outside all year with no protection (Lincolnshire) ; usually quite hardy .

    Looking at the pot it's in , are you certain the crisping of the leaves wasn't due to being too dry ?

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    You can leave it there, and I think they will grow, but because it's quite restricted, it might be worth trying to dig it off from the main area and pot up separately. Frost may have just damaged the leaves to your original plant, or even wind and other factors. If you intend to grow Bay again, keep them close to other pots or leave the pots against a south facing wall in the winter months. Avoid exposed windy areas.

  • Thanks Paul B3image

    I only stuck it in this little pot to try and nurture the new growth, beforehand it was in a huge pot and in a sunny and sheltered (from the wind) position. I think I may jave underestimated how much water it needed image i feel terrible as it was a really pretty tree with the twisty trunks.

    Thanks  Borderline, I've tried to tease the new growth away from the old trunk but they're so tangled up im worried i'll damage the roots but i guess i may as well just give it a bash as it's hardly living life to the fullest as it currently is image

    A job for tomorrow me thinks. 

    Thank you both image

    Last edited: 10 September 2017 19:30:17

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