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Kitchen Bay Bush
Kitchen Bay Bush
Kitchen Bay Bush
Kitchen Bay Bush

Kitchen Bay Bush

A culinary staple for centuries.
Scented / Fragrant
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Edible
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
RHS Garden Merit
RHS Perfect Pollinators
  • Aromatic leaves that will bring mouthwatering flavour and rich depth to your cooking.
  • Add to soups and sauces, stews and curries and roasted meats for a fresh, herbal taste.
  • Use the leaves fresh from the bush, or dried, whole or chopped.
  • Dense, evergreen foliage that’s ideal for topiary, hedging and formal garden structure.
  • Supplied as an established plant, 80-100 cm tall in a 20cm pot, growing to a height and spread of 10 m (33 ft) if left unpruned.
20cm Pot - Item: 680266
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Product Description

The Kitchen Bay, Laurus nobilis, is thought to have been first cultivated in the 17th century, and has been a herb garden essential ever since.

These evergreen shrubs have aromatic leaves that are a culinary staple, bringing mouthwatering depth and a rich aroma to everything from soups, stews and curries to Bolognese and roasted or barbecued meats. They’re best when plucked fresh from the bush and simply added to the pot whole and left to infuse. Fresh leaves have a lighter, more floral flavour than dried leaves and can be kept in the fridge. If dried, they have a more intense flavour. They should be removed before serving unless they're ground or chopped.

Bays are often grown in pots and respond well to training into topiary shapes. However, their lush, glossy and dense foliage makes them ideal for hedging and they make excellent structural features in formal gardens. They require little more than a light trim in early spring and summer to maintain the desired shape and will happily grow in sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. They’re also well suited to coastal locations.

Fully deserving its coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a proven garden performer, guaranteed to be suitable for UK gardeners at every level of experience. You can therefore plant this in the garden with confidence, to be enjoyed for many years to come. It is also recommended as a ‘Plant for Pollinators’, attracting bees and butterflies with its small lime green spring flowers.

Supplied as an established plant, 80-100 cm tall in a 20cm pot, growing to a height and spread of 10 m (33 ft) if left unpruned.

What Is Supplied

Item 680266 supplied as:
Supplied as an established plant, 80-100 cm tall in a 20cm pot.

Plant Information

Top Tips

  • Fresh leaves will keep for up to two weeks in the fridge.
  • Dried leaves will retain their flavour for 6 months in a sealed container.

Care Guide

  • Bay trees will grow in any well-drained soil in a sunny position, and thrive in containers, as long as they are kept well-watered.
  • Use a soil-based compost, such as John Innes No. 2, with extra grit added to improve stability of the post and help drainage as bay roots dislike sitting in wet.
  • Add controlled-release fertiliser granules to the pot or use a liquid feed every two weeks from mid-spring to late summer.
  • Check plants and repot every two years in spring so that the soil does not become exhausted and stale.
  • Bay can withstand temperatures down to at least -5°C, but frost and extremely cold winter winds can damage the foliage, so protect plants with fleece if temperatures are likely to fall below this. Similarly, pots can be wrapped in bubble wrap to protect them.
  • Any damage caused by winter cold can be pruned out in the spring.
  • Trim lighty in early spring and late summer to maintain you desired shape.
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Fully Grown Plant dimensions (approx)
Plant Dimensions
1000cm
1000cm
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Kitchen Bay Bush
Kitchen Bay Bush
20cm Pot
Item: 680266
RRP £29.99
Deal Price £24.99
Save: £5.00 - 16%