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Need fresh bay leaves

Posted by KatyaKatya 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 26, 13 at 11:15

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 don’t 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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RE: Need fresh bay leaves

I am outside of Knoxville and my bay didn't make it through winter (several years ago).
You might want to ask on some of the deep south fora as neighbors in New Orleans had no problems keeping neglected bay trees going although none got so big as to be able to sacrifice branches. Still, they might be more able to supply.


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