laurel starts showing its first indications of revival in April: buds
start swelling. It’s often still too risky to place the plant
already outdoors: try to keep it indoors for a while, as cool as possible,
or put the plant at a well sheltered place. The young shoots and leaves
are very sensible to possible frost temperatures. As from May on,
the laurel can surely be placed outside, but still sheltered from
When putting the plant outside, give it enough water, and wet the
soil ball well. From now on the plant can start again its rather explosive
growth, and the fancier is supposed to start taking the work in hands.
It’s best to give the plant a reserve of nutriments for the
whole season. You could use slowworking wrapped nutriments. The nutriments
will be released gradually.
Organic fertilizers or other slowworking fertilizers can be used as
well, it’s best to supply them in 2 to 3 times. The additional
fertilization is not to be supplied after half August, as the plant
is then to be prepared for the coming winter. In any case, have yourself
advised by a good and liable garden centre when choosing and dosing
As always, it’s better to be sure than sorry. If the plant is
well taken care off, most problems will never occur. However, if scale
insect, flea or rust mite might pop up, than you can always wash the
leaves with soap, after which the plant is to be well rinsed off and
set in a shady location. If this does not help, you can buy a chemical
or biologic product at a good garden centre.
3) Giving water
Make sure the plant is never thirsty during its growth period, as
this does not help growth. If the plant is placed in a suitable pot
with the possibility to get away with a surplus of water (holes in
the bottom of the pot), and if the soil ball is not in too much water,
it might be needed to give water daily.
The laurel plant also likes a regularly freshing up of its leaves.
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Pruning in summer
It’s possible that not all shoots were pruned off enough when
it has been done in winter. The shoots start growing too fast in summer
and even out of the mantle. When these shoots have a minimum length
of (1,9 inch). They can be pruned in June (half July at the latest),
leaving 3 leaves at the least. The plant will appreciate this activity
and produce extra shoots, which makes the plant more compact and dense.