Need fresh bay leaves

KatyaKatya(6)March 26, 2013

Dear fellow gardeners, I am going to post this in several forums, so excuse me if you see it many times. I am looking for somebody who has a bay laurel tree (Laurus nobilis, of the plant family Lauraceae, also known as sweet bay), big and strong enough to spare a few branches for me. I am in search of fresh leaves, not dry ones, and I need more of them than I could afford if I buy fresh ones ( where fresh ones are available, it is going to be a few sprigs in a small plastic case at a prohibitive price). Also, my use for them is not a food use, so I donâÂÂt care if the tree is growing next to a highway etc. I am ready to pay reasonably for them (or could swap? What are you looking for?). I am willing to drive a couple of hours to get them. I know that in a mild climate, bay trees grow very well, so they should exist not far to the South from me. I am in Johnson City TN and bay trees do not perform well here. I need the leaves around the last week of April, so there is still time. Thank you very much for your patience, I know it all sounds weird but gardeners are used to everything. I will be checking for replies. Katya.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I must say that I've never seen anyone grow Laurus nobilis, even when I lived in the sub-tropical South.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 1:52PM
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shanklemsw(Z8 CoastalSC)

I haven't been on this forum in a LONG time, so you probably found what you need. I had a huge, 12 foot bay tree when I lived outside of Charleston. I bought it on the one-dollar-I -give -up table at Lowe's. It thrived.I miss it so bad I bought a new one for my new Greensboro, NC, garden. So they do fine in the South.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 12:44PM
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