Keeping a Bay Alive Over Winter
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
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