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cutting back standard bay

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Trethew Thu 29-Dec-16 18:15:21

This is my standard bay tree which has gone thin and scrawny. How hard can I cut it back to get a dense crown ? It's currently 130cm across at its widest. Could I reduce it by half?

Ferguson Thu 29-Dec-16 20:40:40

Might it need a larger pot?

I would guess you can take each branch back by half - but it's not a plant I have ever grown.

aircooled Thu 29-Dec-16 22:37:30

I have a large bay tree (in the ground) which doesn't mind being cut back hard. Don't prune in the winter though. Use secateurs to cut off the shoots rather than cut through the leaves with shears. Give it a good feed in the spring. Nice pot - hope the tree looks bushier next year! Does it get lots of sun?

bookbook Fri 30-Dec-16 10:54:32

I have cut back a standard bay in a pot that was in dire straights ( not mine, I hasten to add). I cut back by at least a half as it was dead looking for quite a while, only a few leaves hanging on. It has come back really well.

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