For many gardeners, there are few things more rewarding than successfully replicating a favourite plant. Taking the cuttings, rooting them and watching as they produce their first foliage as independent plants is exciting. Generally, laurel cuttings should be grown indoors for the first year. They can be transplanted into the landscape in the spring.
Place the potted cutting in a shady area of the garden. Over the course of two weeks, provide the laurel with increasing amounts of sunshine.
Dig a planting hole that is twice the diameter of the nursery pot and the same depth.
Remove the laurel cutting from the pot. Place the roots into the planting hole. Backfill the hole with soil. Press gently around the base of the cutting to ensure good soil contact and remove any air pockets.
Pound a small stake into the soil, 18 cm (6 inches) from the laurel cutting. Tie the cutting loosely to the stake with plant ties.
Water the laurel cutting until the water puddles at its base. Keep the soil moist while the transplanted tree becomes established in its new location.
Remove the stake three months after planting.
Tips and warnings
- Remove the stake three months after planting.
- Union County College: Plant of the week -- laurel
- University of California Cooperative Extension, Madera County: The essential bay laurel
- Landscape Management: Planting and Maintenance of Trees, Shrubs and Turfgrass; James R. Feucht and Jack D. Butler
- The Gardener's Guide to Planting and Growing Trees; Michael Buffin