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poorly sick bay tree, help!

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Pleb1969 Fri 15-Jul-11 10:39:56

we acquired a bay tree (tbh it was a stick with 2 leaves on at the time) years ago and after repotting it has flourished. I am not the world's most accomplished gardener and tend to leave plants to get on with it. In the last couple of weeks the leaves have looked very sickly, curling up and drooping, not a vibrant green any more. I have just repotted the tree again into a much larger pot with soil based compost for mature plants, thinking maybe it had slurped all the nutrients out of the pot it was in. Was it just pot bound or should I be doing anything else? Please help, I really don't want to lose it! Thank you!

feetheart Fri 15-Jul-11 10:44:15

Not sure if it helps but my Mum suggested planting ours in the garden when it started to look poorly (it was a cutting taken from her tree which has always been in a pot) We did and it is flourishing.

Pleb1969 Fri 15-Jul-11 10:48:12

No!!!! I just spent 25 quid on a new pot and 12 on the compost!!!!!

feetheart Fri 15-Jul-11 10:49:49

Sorry smile

Pleb1969 Fri 15-Jul-11 11:03:30

maybe I should sell it on ebaytree... God, that was bad even by my standards grin

feetheart Fri 15-Jul-11 12:37:02


Lunabelly Mon 18-Jul-11 00:03:22

I'm wondering if there's some kind of bay blight going about, as my bay tree which I planted 15years ago when pg with dc1 has died for no good reason and all my aunts bays have died this year it may be something out of your control...

chixinthestix Mon 18-Jul-11 00:37:46

I'm thinking it might be down to the cold winter? I have 2 in pots, both quite old but always thriving till this year. One is in a very exposed north facing spot and is looking v sick, lots of curling brown leaves and then I discoverd scale insects on it too. I've got rid of them and tried to prune off the worst looking shoots but it doesn't seem to have made any difference so far, in fact each time I pass it looks yellower sad The pruning has not stimulated any new growth yet - have you tried that with yours?
The other pot, against a sheltered south facing wall, is looking fine and bright green.
Sorry, I know that's not much help.

Freezingmyarseoff Mon 18-Jul-11 22:44:32

Are the leaves looking yellow? I heard that if that is the case, it needs more iron. You can buy sequestered Iron in liquid form. Maybe try that? But my disclaimer is I am a clueless gardener.

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