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Bay Rum Tree

Posted by herbalcroft Maine (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 24, 13 at 16:39

Hello, I've had a bay rum tree in my southern window for several years. All of a sudden, the leaves started dropping with the remaining leaves pointed down.

I may have over watered the plant but I'm desperately trying to save it. If anyone knows anything about bay rum trees (laurel), please let me know if you have heard of the plant dropping its leaves.

The plant is perhaps 3 feet tall and is in a southern sunny window.

Thanks, Linda

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RE: Bay Rum Tree

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Tue, Dec 24, 13 at 16:59

If you think it got too wet knock it out of the pot and look at the soil and roots, find out if that is in fact what happened. If things turn out to be soggy, smelly and rotting that will confirm your impression. If the roots have rotted tree will not be likely to bounce back; condition of top described does sound like there is serious deterioration also.

In general with plants if the top suddenly goes bad the first thing to do is look at the roots, when there is not an obvious problem with the top only such as heavy bug infestation or chemical injury. Otherwise: as the roots go, so goes the top - the roots are the more critical half of the plant. That's why when you cut a plant off at the ground it may grow back from the roots or stump, but the cut off top is liable to lay there and die.

RE: Bay Rum Tree

When you remove the plant from the pot, if you find rotted roots, go ahead and cut them back to a healthy portion of the root before repotting in fresh, well-drained medium.

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