The cultivation of aromatic plants in the urban garden is a safe bet. The laurel, botanically known as Laurus nobilis is an evergreen plant, which has dark green foliage. Its aromatic leaves are often used in the kitchen to flavor stews, soups, fish and other dishes. In its natural habitat, it can reach up to 5 m high or much more; but if it is grown in pots, it will have to be able to be so that it does not exceed 1.2 m high. The laurel tree can be given the shape you prefer, either an oval or pyramidal bush, or a miniature tree. It is a very easy plant to grow and in Planeta Garden we tell you how to do it.
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Care of the tree laurel throughout the year
Although the tree laurel grows slowly, it is important that we provide a spacious place to develop its roots, so you will have to transplant it in spring, every two years, making use of a good compost and changing it to a slightly larger pot until you reach a final measure of 30 cm in diameter.
Its ideal temperature is the ambient temperature, because the most important thing is to find a well-lit site, but not exposed to direct sun. This plant needs a lot of ventilation and air currents do not usually affect it, so you can leave it outside in summer.
Water the tree laurel moderately in spring and summer , adding a liquid fertilizer to the water every three weeks. Spray water on its leaves regularly, especially during spring and summer.
The low winter temperatures are perfect for the laurel, as long as you take the precaution to protect it from frost. Provide a place with good light and be very careful not to over water it during the winter season and, if the temperature is below 7 ° C, avoid watering it.
The spread of the laurel tree is a slow , but direct process. Take cuttings 13 cm long between July and September and treat the tips of these cuttings with rooting hormones. Then, insert them in an equal mixture of sand and peat and place them in a shady place at a temperature of 15 ° C.