Bay Laurel Propagation / Tree Recommendation
So my bay laurel is approaching its fourth year and is getting pretty tall--almost four feet now. For some weird reason I've decided I want to make more of them. Fresh bay has a wonderful fragrance, and the trees are quite beautiful when fully grown, with dark, shiny evergreen leaves. So why not have a couple of extras to trade or give away? My experiment with air layering began back in March, before last year's buds exploded in new growth. I picked an 8" twig, and used the following procedure: 1. Stripped a small section of bark from around the twig. 2. Dusted the exposed 'wood' with rooting hormone. 3. Dusted some wet, live sphagnum moss with rooting hormone. 4. Made a 'collar' with a shopping bag below the cut and formed a cone, securing the bottom with a twist tie. 5. Filled the cone with spagnum and secured the top of the cone over the cut with a twist tie. Over the past couple of months, the moss has thrived. It's bright green and healthy looking. (The bag was clear.) I checked on it yesterday and there are, indeed, roots forming in the moss! I'm so excited. My questions are as follows: 1. When do I know it's time to cut the branch and place the cutting in soil? 2. Will such a meagre root system support the cutting? Growth on that branch tip has exploded when last year's buds opened. 3. The tree sent out a side shoot! That was totally unexpected. There's a little baby bay laurel growing about 6" from the main trunk of the tree. It's definitely connected to the main root system. Is it possible to transplant the little guy, and if so, when? 4. Anyone interested in a plant trade for a bay laurel cutting? Other question: I have a spot near the driveway with a dying maple, and I want to replace the tree with something more... useful. I'm considering some kind of citron or an arbequina olive. Has anyone grown these around zone 9? How are they doing?