Plant Care Bay Laurel

Bay Laurel

About Bay Laurel

Bay Laurel is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Bay Laurel likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Bay Laurel belongs to the Laurus genus, and is native to the Mediterranean.

⚠️ Bay Laurel is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


Laurus nobilis

Also known as

Bay Leaf Tree, Sweet bay, True laurel, Grecian laurel, Laurel and Laurus nobilis.

How to care for Bay Laurel


How often to water your Bay Laurel

Water needs for Bay Laurel
0.5 cups
every 9

Bay Laurel needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Bay Laurel

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Bay Laurel in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bay Laurel: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Bay Laurel love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Bay Laurel does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Bay Laurel in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Bay Laurel

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bay Laurel: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bay Laurel after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Bay Laurel is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Bay Laurel

Bay Laurel

Bay Laurel

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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