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I wonder if you can help me, I have got a sweet bay in a 15" pot and it is about 4 foot tall, the problem is the leaves have gone light green and are dry.

The Green Chronicle replies...

it sound like a very small pot for a very good sized bay tree. You must pot the tree on to relieve the stress it is under. You need to double or even treble the size of the container and plant it in some good compost, or a compost and soil mix. Always keep container grown trees well watered. I suspect that when you take this tree out of the pot it will be "pot-bound" with roots running round and round inside, try to loosen these slightly when you pot it on otherwise it might not enjoy the full benefit of the new space. This case sounds urgent!