Plant Care Sweet Bay

Sweet Bay

Also known as

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

Taxonomy

Laurus nobilis
Laurus
Lauraceae
Laurales

How to care for Sweet Bay

Water

How often to water your Sweet Bay

Water needs for Sweet Bay
0.5 cups
every 9

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

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 Sweet Bay

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Sweet Bay in Oakland, California

Oakland, California

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Growing Sweet Bay in Oakland right now

Light needs for plant Sweet Bay in Oakland, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 26th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Oakland is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Sweet Bay in Oakland, California

Sunlight will increase by 31.1% ☀️

January 28th, 2023

Oakland is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Oakland is expected to increase by 31.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.8 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Sweet Bay in Oakland, California

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

January 26th, 2023

This month, Oakland is getting an average of 8.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.4 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for Bay Laurel in your home

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

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

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Oakland, California ⛅.

Sweet Bay does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Sweet Bay

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Sweet Bay: 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 Sweet Bay after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Sweet Bay

Nutrient needs for plant Sweet Bay in Oakland, California

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 22nd, 2023

The growing potential in Oakland is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Sweet Bay 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!


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Toxicity
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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Sweet Bay

Sweet Bay

Sweet Bay


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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