Bay laurel cuttings
Hi there! Have any of you had luck getting cuttings of bay laurel to strike? I know they're pretty difficult, and I just haven't had any luck. I posted a question on the propagation forum a year or so ago, but the advise I received there didn't work out either.
The reason why I'm so keen on making cuttings is because I have a large pot of L. nobilis 'angustifolia', or narrow-leaf bay. It's smell and culinary use is identical to regular bay, but it is supposedly significantly more winter hardy. I received this one as a small start from Heronswood just before the Park takeover---it's no longer available. In fact, it's not available anywhere in the U.S. via mailorder that I can find.
Adele has tried a cutting at BB, and I plan to take a dozen or so more down next June when the plant has more size. Maybe the more controlled greenhouse setting will work. Am just wondering if anyone has had success and if you know any tricks/secrets to getting roots on these suckers--pun intended. This is not a proprietary plant (just a natural cultivar of the normal bay), and in parts of Europe it's fairly common, just not much in cultivation here. I'd love to get several established outside in my Z7b garden in Pittsboro, and I'd love to be able to share one day.