How to grow bay
Plant bought bay or rotted cuttings taken in summer. You can also sow seed in autumn but it will take up to two years until you can harvest the leaves (first rub with sand to speed up germination).
Choose well-drained soil in a sunny sheltered site.
Keep you bay plant well watered until it's established. Pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushy plants. Shorten stems to shape and size your bay tree.
Harvesting and using bay
Pick leaves all year round for use fresh, or pick in summer for drying. Bay is a perennial herb so will crop year after year.
In very cold areas, protect your bay tree with horticultural fleece over winter of move container-grown bay plants indoors.