Trees and shrubs

Laurel-sauce: a very aromatic shrub


The bay leaf sauce is renowned for its very aromatic foliage.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Laurus nobilis
Type : Shrub, laurel
Height : 3 to 7 m
Exposure : Sunny

Foliage : Persistent
Flowering : Spring -Harvest : All year

  • Health: health benefits of bay leaf sauce

Planting, maintenance and pruning of laurel sauce, here are the actions that will allow good growth and a nice harvest of bay leaves throughout the seasons.

Planting bay laurel, laurus nobilis

Prefer a plantation of bay leaf in autumn or in spring outside of frost periods.

Properly planting your bay laurel ensures good recovery and better growth. The bay leaf is one of the fast growing shrubs often used in hedges but also isolated.

It is an ideal shrub for quickly hiding from neighbors.

  • The bay leaf needs sun but tolerates partial shade
  • Mix your garden soil with potting soil and water regularly in the spring after planting
  • Its natural shape is conical and its development is relatively fast, allow a sufficiently large space when planting
  • Follow them planting tips from Jardiner malin.

Growth of bay leaf sauce:

The bay laurel grows very quickly, reaching up to 1 meter per year when firmly in place.

It can also become invasive if we do not control its growth and especially its rejects which tend to multiply naturally at the foot of the laurel sauce.

It is advisable to remove the rejections as they go, at the risk of no longer being able to control its invasiveness.

Laurel-sauce cutting

The easiest and fastest technique to propagate your bay laurel is cuttings.

The cuttings is suitable and easy to make with bay leaf sauce, prefer a semi-hardened cuttings.

  • The bay leaf cuttings are the end of summer.
  • Take stems of about 15 cm.
  • Remove the bottom leaves to keep only one or 2 pairs of leaves.
  • Optionally soak the base in cutting hormone to speed up root development.
  • Plant the cuttings in pots and then water.
  • Store the cuttings in winter in a cool, bright room, but where it does not freeze.
  • Transplant the following spring.

Pruning and caring for bay laurel

The bay laurel, or laurus nobilis, is a very easy to maintain shrub that requires little care, both in terms of pruning and watering.

Cut the bay leaf sauce:

No pruning is really necessary, rebalance the tree if necessary after flowering.

On the other hand, if you wish prevent your bay leaf from multiplying by spontaneous sowing, prune frankly before flowering.

  • The more we prune the bay leaf, the more vigorous it becomes

It is also quite possible to shape the bay leaf sauce, conical, ball or others. To do this, prune after spring growth and fall.

Caring for bay leaf sauce:

The laurel-sauce, once properly installed does not require any maintenance unless it is grown in a pot.

The potted bay laurel claims to be watered when the soil is dry.

The bay leaf must be protected in winter in areas where it freezes a lot in winter with a wintering veil.

Harvesting bay leaves with sauce

We particularly appreciate the bay leaf sauce for its aromatic and so fragrant leaves.

The harvest takes place from March until the first frosts.

You can pick the leaves as needed or keep them after drying them.

The darker and older the leaves, the stronger their fragrance.

It is therefore preferable to start by harvesting the oldest leaves because the younger ones are less aromatic.

Finally, know that bay leaves can be used both fresh and dried, whole and crushed when dry.

Fresh bay leaves are more bitter.

To know about the laurel-sauce

Belonging to the lauraceae family, laurel sauce or laurus nobilis, is an excellentevergreen shrubideal for example to make a hedge.

He gives very fragrant leaves which can be used throughout the year in the kitchen.

You can use them fresh but also dried, several months after harvesting them, because they retain their flavor.

  • Fresh leaves have more scent than dried leaves
  • Prefer a pick-up according to your needs
  • A single sheet is often enough to give off a scent to your dishes

Finally, note that the infusion of bay leaf sauce is excellent for digestion, all you need to do is infuse 3 bay leaves with a sauce for a cup of boiling water and drink it after the water is lukewarm.

Laurel sauce and bouquet garni

If the bay leaf sauce is part of the bouquet garni, it will not be difficult for you to create your own bouquet garni by cultivating a few plants.

For keep all the flavor, preferably pick the bay leaves with sauce when they are in growth phase.

Dry them for a few days in a dry and ventilated room before placing them in a jar protected from moisture.

In addition to the Laurier sauce, the most common composition of the bouquet garni is:

  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Green leek

Also find: how to make a bouquet garni with plants in your garden

Smart tip about bay leaf sauce

In order to prevent the growth of weeds and to retain the water necessary for its proper development, put a mulch at the foot of the tree in the spring and renew it every year.

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