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    I grew my bay trees from cuttings initially, Sp - can't remember what I did though. At a rough guess it would have been to take a bit of fresh growth, strip off the lower leaves and plunge it deep into a pot. Stick it aside and forget about it.
    If I can get some growing I'll send you some.
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    Got some lemon (winter) savory coming up along with several varieties of basil in the propagator and some mint seeds poking their heads up. Chives and parsely will take a bit longer

    I should have tried heat treating my two (15") pots of mint plants before they went dormant for the winter because they both got mint rust last year. I assume it was too late once the rust turned into spores?

    Unrelated question:- Is it ok to give mint a couple of inches of top-dressing?
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    Another question!

    Can I prune a bay plant/tree violently and expect it to re-grow? I've got a couple that have got rather straggly due to harvesting the older leaves while the new leaves are growing further up the twigs.

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    I bought a pot of young bay leaves in a container in Tesco.
    I brought them home and potted them up.
    I have trained them into mop headed bay trees and they are in a pot each of my hall door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rand View Post
    Another question!

    Can I prune a bay plant/tree violently and expect it to re-grow? I've got a couple that have got rather straggly due to harvesting the older leaves while the new leaves are growing further up the twigs.
    My bay trees are 10'+ tall so I happily take complete branches out and attack them with loppers.
    Your bay tree may be a lot smaller but, since they can be clipped into shapes (like Bramble's) you could start by taking off some of the new shoots - and use them as cuttings.
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