Re-potting Your Bay Tree.

Transplanting or re-potting our plants can be carried out for many reasons. When Transplanting or re-potting you should always make sure that it is done with the utmost care so that the plants or their health will not be damaged. 

If you are growing a Bay Tree in a pot or container and you wish to re-pot it for whatever reason, following these easy steps should ensure that the process is done safely and correctly. 

Firstly, make sure your new container is at least twice the size of the original and begin by putting a layer of crock(broken plant pot pieces) or gravel in the base of the pot along with adding a layer of compost. Then re-potting bay trees we normally recommend using a soil-based compost John Innes number 3 compost.

Gently ease the plant from the existing pot, if you encounter difficulties removing it tap the edge of the pot on the edge of a table or bench. Make sure there is enough clearance to do this without damaging the foliage. Once the bay has been removed from the old pot, gently tease out the roots to help stop root binding. 

Place the plant in a new container and check the depth. I

The bays rootball needs to be 25mm below the top of the new pot or container. 

 Fill round with fresh compost in layers, firming as you go. When the pot is filled top up and down to allow for settlement and top up as required.

Cover the existing bay tree rootball with 5mm of new compost  

Finally, you can top it off with a decorative mulch of either pebbles or slate and water thoroughly.

t’s always important to take care when re-potting any plant, especially bay trees, as they have delicate roots and are sensitive to changes in their environment. Here are a few additional tips to keep in mind:

  1. Choose the right pot: As you mentioned, it’s important to use a pot that is at least twice the size of the original pot, as bay trees have deep root systems and need plenty of space to grow. Make sure the pot has drainage holes to prevent excess water from accumulating and potentially causing root rot.
  2. Use the right soil: Bay trees prefer well-draining soil that is slightly acidic, so a good choice is a soil mix specifically designed for acid-loving plants. Alternatively, you can mix equal parts potting soil, compost, and perlite to create your own mix.
  3. Be gentle with the roots: As you mentioned, gently tease out the roots to alleviate root binding, but be careful not to damage them. Avoid cutting off any healthy roots, as this can set back the plant’s growth.
  4. Water the plant properly: After re-potting, make sure to water the plant thoroughly to help the soil settle and to hydrate the roots. Don’t water again until the top inch or so of soil feels dry to the touch.

By following these steps, you can help ensure that your bay tree stays healthy and happy in its new pot.