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Zahid_63cZahid_63c Posts: 121
I'd just like to know why the colour of my bay leaves are changing
Is this normal?
Also if I want it to grow into round ball,should I just leave for some time before pruning? 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,969
    It's not very happy ... that could be damage by cold winds and frost, or drought, or this year it could be both.

    April was very dry ... did you give it plenty of water ... and is there a membrane under the gravel?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Zahid_63cZahid_63c Posts: 121
    Yes there is membrane under the slates
    It's been raining so haven't watered much 
    Only planted in April
    What should I do? 
  • Zahid_63cZahid_63c Posts: 121
    It was all green when planted in April 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    April was a terrible time to plant any shrub, for the reasons @Dovefromabove has given.
    Any shrub needs well watered for some months after planting, until established, especially in drier spells.  :)
    Rain doesn't always penetrate the canopy of an evergreen well enough. It has to be persistent, and quite heavy, for a good few hours to do the same job as a bucket of water at the roots.  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,729
    Take comfort in the fact that it’s almost impossible to kill a bay tree. 🙂
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,488
    So in answer to your question ‘what do I do’, give it a really good, long drink 😊 
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,847
    I never got a bay tree thru winter in Belgium @pansyface, indoors or out.   Here we have two whoppers, well-established but even they have suffered a bit thru the cold, dry April we all seem to have had.

    @Zahid_63c you need to water any newly planted generously before planting, after planting and all thru it's first spring and summer if you plant it as late as you did so that it can get its roots down as well as spend energy maintaining foliage above ground.   Give it a generous bucketful of water poured slowly so it soaks in.   Repeat at least once a week, even if it rains.  Do this all summer until the autumn rains set in.   
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Zahid_63cZahid_63c Posts: 121
    Can I use a hosepipe or is it better to use bucket? 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,847
    edited May 2021
    I use a hosepipe and spray gun but then I've counted how many seconds of full pressure hose water I need to fill a 15l bucket or watering can so I don't under water.

    Giving too little encourages the roots to stay up near the surface when it's damp and they they get fried when it's hot and you've not watered so "a lot and once a week" is much better than "little and often".
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,115
    You need to be able to adjust the spray gun/nozzle so that it pours gently so as not to dislodge the soil around the roots, and slowly enough that the water soaks in and  doesn't run off the root zone. Some of them are very fierce, particularly at close range.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
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