Bay Laurel Cuttings/Shoots

Bay Laurel Cuttings/Shoots

I have a potted bay laurel that sent out a side shoot last spring. It's a good 6" away from the main trunk and is about 12" tall now. It's warmed up a lot here recently so all of the branches are sending up new buds, including this side shoot. I want to dig the shoot out and repot it to send to a friend. So first of all... how large of a root ball should I dig out to support the shoot? Second, is this the best time? The plant is in a foliar growth phase at the moment. I'm also experimenting with an air layered cutting that's been going for almost a year now. The moss is still green and vibrant, and I see good root development when I peek. I know when I remove this cutting, I won't have enough of a root ball to support the length of the cutting. So what's a good rule of thumb for cutting size with woody plants? Thanks!
Plants from the upper garden…  (and ID help ?)

Plants from the upper garden… (and ID help ?)

Marigolds!

Marigolds!

Plant ID Needed Please!

Plant ID Needed Please!

See what happens when I take photos!

See what happens when I take photos!

poinsettia

poinsettia

PICTURES!

PICTURES!