Edibles

Little Ragu® Sweet Bay

Laurus nobilis 'MonRik'
A more compact sweet bay with highly aromatic, deep green foliage that emerges on unique red-tinged stems. Leaves can be used fresh or dried to flavor soups, stews, and other dishes. Easy-care upright shrub or small tree. Handsome in natural form, or easily clipped into a formal hedge or topiary shape. Thrives in containers. Evergreen.
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Quick Facts

  • Compact habit
  • Drought tolerant
  • Leaves add a distinctive, Mediterranean flavor to cooking

Details

A more compact sweet bay with highly aromatic, deep green foliage that emerges on unique red-tinged stems. Leaves can be used fresh or dried to flavor soups, stews, and other dishes. Easy-care upright shrub or small tree. Handsome in natural form, or easily clipped into a formal hedge or topiary shape. Thrives in containers. Evergreen.

Patent: PP25915

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About This Plant

Type

Edibles

Edible Type

Herb

Leaf Color

Green

Flowering

Insignificant flowering

Mature Height

Up to 8 feet

Mature Width

Up to 8 feet

Features

Dwarf habit, leaves valued for cooking

Grower/Brand

Monrovia

California residents please see Prop 65 WARNING

Seasonality

Leaf Lifespan

Evergreen

Leaf Time of Year

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
If soil in container is dry, water plants prior to planting. Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball and 1.5 times deeper. Mix fertilizer or compost into the soil and return a few inches of soil mixture to the planting hole. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease out the roots on the surface of the root ball. Plant with the top of the root ball at ground level. Back-fill around the root ball with the rest of the soil mixture, gently firming it in as you go, and build a short berm of soil around the plant to create a watering basin. Water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Keep new plants well-watered the first summer, checking for water needs daily or every other day. Covering the root ball and area around the plant with 1-3 inches of mulch will help keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Keep mulch from touching tree trunks and plant stems.
General Care Description
Mulch to keep roots cool and conserve water. Prune as necessary to control size and shape.

Effort of Care

Low

Soil Type

Well-drained

Growth Rate

Moderate

Light Needs

Full sun will result in denser, more compact growth, but tolerates partial sun well

Water Needs

Water regularly and deeply the first season or until established. Mature trees perform best with occasional deep soaks

Disease and Pests

Psyllid, scale, phytophthora, and root rot are potential problems

USDA Hardiness Zone

8

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