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Bays - can I grow Bay from cuttings?


By Tosh

Essex, United Kingdom Gb

I have access to one big mother of a Bay tree - can I make cuttings or should I grow from seed - Ive never seen seeds on this particular tree.



If it has any low branches layering would be easier.
Take cuttings in late summer to early autumn. It is very difficult to be successful with cuttings. Choose ripe shoots between 9 to 15cm (4 to 6in) long using a knife - leave part of the main stem (a heel) on the cutting. Trim so that only three or for leaves remain and place the cutting in a small pot filled with potting compost. Label the plant and place it in a site with no direct sunlight (a cold frame is ideal). One essential is high humidity, so a heated propagator offers the best chance of success. The cutting will have rooted after one year or so.

Layering is done as normal. Simply bend a stem down to the ground. Using a penknife, make a small nick in the stem where it touches the soil. Cover the stem with soil and secure it there with stones or wire it down. Shoots should appear in six to twelve months. The best time to layer is in spring.

10 Apr, 2009


Bays are most easily propagated by layering and Spring is the best time of the year to do this. Bend a stem down to the ground, with a sharp knife make a small nick in the stem where it touches the soil. Cover the stem with soil and hold it there with stones or peg it down with a piece of bent wire. By the autumn it should have produced shoots.

10 Apr, 2009


I managed to just dig up a small couple of stems on the outside of the clump and potted them on. They originally came from my mothers garden over 6 years ago.

10 Apr, 2009


Thanks guys - very useful info. I'll try my hand at both layering and cuttings. Now this may seem like a very stupid thing to say - cos I am indeed very stupid..........but can you graft bay onto other stock? Please don't all laugh at once....

10 Apr, 2009


There is a bay tree in next door's garden and every year I pull up and give away seedling bay trees which have self sown themselves and germinated in my garden.

11 Apr, 2009

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