Keeping a Bay Alive Over Winter

Asked September 20, 2019, 12:25 PM EDT

My bay is the cooking variety and I've kept it in a pot for two years, bringing it indoors over winter. I would like to plant it outside but I don't want to lose it to the cold during this coming winter. Is this possible? What should I do to protect it? I have a garden plot in a community garden therefore don't have much choice as to where to plant it.

District of Columbia County District of Columbia bay tree bay laurel herb

1 Response

The bay laurel is not hardy here and will have to be moved indoors before a frost. Inspect your plants for any insect problems. You can spray with a growing rate of horticultural oil on the upper and lower leaves to prevent insect problems. Follow label directions. See the attached link for overwintering indoors. http://extension.illinois.edu/herbs/bay-laurel.cfm

Marian