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Hi everybody,

I need your advice please , i intend to repot my Bay tree , sadly it looks distressed and 60% of it's leaves look dry and dead . I have removed all the dry dead leaves and intend to repot the tree ....but need your valuable advice with some potting soil that i could use please to give it some nutrients.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated . Thank you - stay Safe  

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,544
    How big a tree? 
    How big a pot?
    When last repotted?

    Photo?
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  • nick615nick615 SW IrelandPosts: 1,088
    We planted our Bay Tree in some previously used grow bags, uplifted from a local strawberry farmer.  That was about 12 years ago and it's still there thriving.  Nothing done to it/with it in the meantime except a run round with the clippers when needed.  A grow bag or two should be adequate for yours, i.e. with none of their nutrition taken out by anything else?  Pic shows ours behind/beside the bird table.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,008
    I have 2 and they were the first plants I ever bought back in 2017. Potted in a mix of Westland John Innes 2 and maybe around 25% potting grit.

    Feed now and again throughout the growing season and they've always looked happy.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,194
    Mine has a mix of 3 parts JI3 loambased compost to 1 part Hort Grit. in a large container and watered every other day from April until late September. Fed with FB&B twice a year and sprayed with seaweed foliage feed twice a month from April until Sept. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • KEEPGREENKEEPGREEN Posts: 105
    nick615 said:
    We planted our Bay Tree in some previously used grow bags, uplifted from a local strawberry farmer.  That was about 12 years ago and it's still there thriving.  Nothing done to it/with it in the meantime except a run round with the clippers when needed.  A grow bag or two should be adequate for yours, i.e. with none of their nutrition taken out by anything else?  Pic shows ours behind/beside the bird table.
    Thank you very much 
  • KEEPGREENKEEPGREEN Posts: 105
    I have 2 and they were the first plants I ever bought back in 2017. Potted in a mix of Westland John Innes 2 and maybe around 25% potting grit.

    Feed now and again throughout the growing season and they've always looked happy.


    Thank you very much 
  • KEEPGREENKEEPGREEN Posts: 105
    Mine has a mix of 3 parts JI3 loambased compost to 1 part Hort Grit. in a large container and watered every other day from April until late September. Fed with FB&B twice a year and sprayed with seaweed foliage feed twice a month from April until Sept. 
    Thank you very much 
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,008
    Mine has a mix of 3 parts JI3 loambased compost to 1 part Hort Grit. in a large container and watered every other day from April until late September. Fed with FB&B twice a year and sprayed with seaweed foliage feed twice a month from April until Sept. 
    Every other day?!

    I watered mine today for the first time in over a week, after checking with a moisture meter. That being said, since dressing the top of the pots with a fairly thick layer of grit, it may be helping to limit moisture loss.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,194
    Yes ... and mine has grit on top too ... but you’ll see it’s in a very free draining mix and raised up on pot feet so it’s never sitting in soggy soil ... it works here. Before I upped the watering a few years ago the leaves were often looking a bit sad. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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