Bay Leaf Tree Branching
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Shannon McKay
Posted on: January 9, 2002

Just over a year ago I purchased a bay leaf tree from your company. From those two little leaves and a twig, it has now grown over a foot and has many leaves. But it is still a twig, when does it start to grow branches? Is there anything I am suppose to do to encouraged optimum branch growth? I would like my little bay to start looking like a tree. If the answer is time, well I’m young.

A lot of time will certainly do it, but to speed up the branching process nip out the top bud. This will make the lower down buds sprout and as long as you don’t allow any one branch to get much HIGHER than the others the branches will continue to elongate. If one branch tip gets higher than the others, it will secrete a hormone that is pulled down by gravity to the lower branches and this hormone will stop them from getting any longer.

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