- Grow your own bay leaves!
How long have those bay leaves been in your spice rack? Instead of guessing how old your spices are, why not just pick fresh bay leaves from Sicilian Sunshine® Sweet bay Laurus nobilis? No matter how you use it, either fresh or dry, spices always taste better homegrown. Its glossy green leaves are not only edible but also ornamental. Each leaf displays an array of shades ranging from golden yellow to dark green in color. Unbeknownst to others, this plant is the perfect ornamental decoy disguised as your culinary secret ingredient in your soup du jour.
This plant is not only an exceptional culinary herb but is native to the Mediterranean region. Typically these plants don’t tolerate hard frost very well. Sweet bay is hardy to zones 8 and above. In those warmer zones (8 and above), Sweet bay works well as an edible landscape shrub that typically reaches 4 to 10 feet in height and will thrive outdoors all year long. In zones 7 and below, this plant makes a wonderful indoor houseplant especially overwinter.
Sicilian Sunshine® Sweet Bay Care
Mediterranean herbs like Sweet bay thrive in bright, cool, well-draining environments. Laurus nobilis, requires full sun or at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. Its soil should be loamy, porous, and well-draining while receiving adequate consistent waterings. In conjunction with using a light potting soil mix, a cool indoor environment, and a bright southern facing window is a surefire recipe for indoor growing success.
Hard pruning is not recommended. Light prune when the plant is in a dormant state around late winter or early Spring. In conjunction with trimming, add a slow release fertilizer to help promote leaf growth.
Sicilian Sunshine® Sweet Bay Spacing
In the landscape, space plants at least 4 to 10 feet apart from each other. In containers use this plant as a thriller. Ensure that the container is at least 12 inches in diameter and 12 inches in depth to help promote healthy root growth and plant development.
Sicilian Sunshine® Sweet Bay Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 8-10|
|Plant Type: Shrub|
|Sunlight Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun|
|Mature Height: 4 - 10 Feet|
|Mature Width: 6 - 10 Feet|
|Plant Spacing: 6 - 10 Feet|
|Growth Habit: Upright|
|Flower Color(s): White|
|Seasonal Interest: Grown for Foliage|
|Foliage Type: Evergreen|
|Foliage Color(s): Chartreuse to Gold|
|Features: Deadheading Not Necessary, Foliage Interest, Fragrant, Low Maintenance|
|Uses: Edible Herb Landscape Specimen or Focal Point|
|Plant Brand: Proven Winners|
|Botanical/Scientific Name: Laurus nobilis 'LNSS'|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.