Noting: I'm in Washington (NW) and my hardiness zone is 7b.
I have a bay tree that I bought in spring that is now in a 8 or 10" container. I know bay trees are hardy here when planted into the ground but I'm unsure about in containers. I have a couple of options and would like some opinions on which might be "best."
The deck - covered, faces south, receives a large amount of wind. I do have a few big containers I could put in front as a wind barrier.
The porch - covered, faces north, somewhat open to the west, receives some wind but is far more protected.
At the bottom of the stairs - covered, faces south, no wind.
Unheated bedroom. Faces north. Stays around 50.
Storage closet on deck. Unheated, no lighting, cement floor.
So what do you think?
BTW, little Bay has his own blankey. He's been using it since the temps started getting cold at night. Going to buy a paper pot for insulation.
I kept a bay in a pot until it was about 3-4 feet tall, when it became too cumbersome to move indoors and outside every year. Now I just buy fresh Turkish Bay leaves every year, and distribute the old ones in the pantry to avoid bugs.
Well so far my little guy is digging it on the deck. No pot in front to protect it from the wind, gets good lighting and is putting out loads of leaves. I was able to get another harvest out before the temps started to drop.
Aside from the Bays we're selling that are growing in our greenhouses, we've moved a few into our sun porch for the winter to study and enjoy. They get plenty of sunlight, water about once a week and seem pretty happy. The temperature on some nights has been rather chilly, as some of the windows are stuck and won't close, but they're getting enough warmth and protection from our porch to thrive. I've heard that Bay oil can help relieve headaches, has anyone tried Bay as a medicinal herb?
I'd just LOVE to try to grow a bay tree down here in Savannah next year after I retire. Our summers are horrendously hot, and unfortunately I have almost no dappled shade at all to protect a young plant. Does anyone think I could grow bay, either in a container or in the ground, down here? [Keeping my fingers crossed!]
tikipod---They really do love the weather in the PNW. If you put them in the ground here, they become a giant tree in no time at all. I know, I tried it and we had to take it down because i had put it in front of the dining room window, which is pretty high off the ground. It grew above the window and climbing. Now I grow one in a pot on the south facing patio.