How to grow laurel at home
The laurel is considered one of the most revered plants: wreaths were made from its branches and awarded them with winners, poets and great people who contribute to the history of the country; even in science, laurels are called "noble."
Bay leaves are used as spices, adding them to dishes in the process of their preparation (broths, marinades). In order to provide a small family with laurel leaves, you need to grow a 1.5-2-meter tree, territorial capabilities do not allow everyone, so most people grow laurels for aesthetic reasons.
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The most reliable way to purchase laurel is to buy its seedlings on the market in the Crimea or the Caucasus, pay attention to the root system - it must be well developed and not contain pests or indicators of damage.
As a rule, young shoots begin to appear in late February - early March, and then stop their development for the summer period. This quality does not allow the use of leaves in cooking, they form a little during the season, you need to wait until next spring.
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Laurel does not require special care, it is rather unpretentious, it easily adapts to shady places and to sunny places, but it is advisable if you give it a place where sunlight falls more often. Spraying is best replaced by washing off the dust under the shower, and you need to water it sparingly, do not let the soil from drought turn into lumps. Do not be afraid to ventilate the room more often; laurel has a positive attitude towards drafts. In winter, the laurel can tolerate zero temperature, but it is better if it is 10-12 degrees.
Laurels need to be planted in water and breathable soil - turf and leafy soil, peat and sand (1: 2: 1: 1), fertilizers applied every month. In the room, laurel can grow 12-15 years, it is recommended to transplant an adult tree once every two to three years.
The most important thing to observe is a sanitary haircut (pruning), it is carried out in October - November, while part of the leaves that can be used for food are cut.