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Bay trees help

I have owned 2 twisted bay trees for 3 years. I love them and use bay in my cooking most days. However I think they are looking sick. The ball is very sparse, and the leaves are yellow/green. I repotted them into new compost 1 month ago hoping they might improve but they have not changed. Can any offer any advice Are they sick? What can I do to improve them?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,873

    They're not going to put on new leaves at this time of year, but hopefully in the spring you'll see new growth. 

    I grow mine in a loam based John Innes No 3 and added horticultural grit in a ratio of 1 part grit to 3 of the compost.  

    Bays are quite hungry plants and I feed spring and mid summer with Fish, Blood and Bone and in the summer I spray the foliage every couple of weeks with a seaweed-based foliar feed. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • ok thanks for the advice - i will try and post a picture in the morning

    I used normal multipurpose compost to pot on, new containers.  I didn't soak the rootball but did tease out the roots as they got very matted.  maybe you are right that they will improve in the new year, but i was hoping thy would be a little denser than they appear now

     

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,873

    I don't think they'll be happy in normal multi-purpose compost -  fine for short-lived bedding plants etc, but they need something more substantial - they're trees and need proper soil i.e. loam-based compost in a large container .

    “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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