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Bay Tree Problems

My bay tree has not been looking very good recently and I wondered what I should do.

Bay Tree

Bay Tree

Then I remembered that TopVeg was running a herb event, so as part of TopVeg’s herb day event last week, I contacted TopVeg via skype for an online consultation.

TopVeg listened to the problems I had with my bay tree;

  • Some leaves are green and have black spots.
  • Some leaves are yellowing with black spots.
  • Some leaves are partially brown or completely brown.
  • Some leaves are dropping off.

Yellowing bay Leaf with black spots

Yellowing bay Leaf with black spots

Browning bay leaf

Browning bay leaf

Bay leaf with black spots

Bay leaf with black spots

I have followed the advice given by TopVeg and hope to see a flourishing bay tree next year.

I was thrilled that TopVeg asked if they could record the online consultation so if you would like to hear the bay tree podcast then click on this link. Bay Tree Podcast.

If you have a vegetable or herb gardening question then contact TopVeg and if you’re feeling adventurous then you can book your online consultation and feature in a TopVeg podcast.

Farmingfriends and TopVeg have collaborated together to write an eBook entitled How To Grow Herbs for Cooking.


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3 Responses to “Bay Tree Problems”

  1. Mia says:

    I have two standard bay trees in pots and have kept them like this for three years. Recently, I have noticed a black substance on the leaves which washes off with just plain water but keeps coming back! Do you have any idea what this is? Or what I can do to prevent this reoccuring?

  2. sara says:

    Hi Anne,
    Thanks for visiting farmingfriends. I have asked Topveg about your baytree as they are the gardening experts http://topveg.com/veg-questions/ and I have added your question to my forum http://farmingfriends.com/forums/topic.php?id=54

    When mine and Alan’s Baytree leaves went yellow Topveg said it could be:
    too much water
    nutrition
    climate
    insects

    Topveg advice to Alan whosehad this problem, “could you please tell me what to do with my bay trees they have been moved out of pots into garden but now the leaves have gone yellow and started to look spindley” was “The infected leaves should be picked off & got rid of & badly affected shoots can be pruned out.”

    Hope this helps.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  3. Anne Lea says:

    I have 2 fine tall baytree standards I have grown from virtual twigs. There in big half barrells (each One) But at the underneath some leaves are going completely yellow. No black spots just yellow seems to be the young leaves other than that all looks very healthy?

    Thanks in anticipation.

    Anne Lea