Laurel: cultivation, diseases and contraindications

L'laurel, a tree widespread throughout the Mediterranean, is a evergreen perennial which can reach aheight of 10 m.

His flowers I'm from yellow color and bloom during the spring while its fruits are fleshy and contain a single seed.

Laurel tree

L'laurel tree it is widespread throughout the Mediterranean area and prefers mild climates, it is able to survive temperatures that go below zero even if for a limited period.

The laurel tree has a very dense branching that tends to go upwards. Its roots go deep into the ground.

Its leaves are dark green with a serrated edge and oval in shape, the wood is flavored from the moment it gives off the same smell as the leaves.

In spring the laurel tree shows its yellow flowers while during the autumn period it shows its fruits.

Laurel: meaning

L'laurel is a plant appreciated since ancient times and full of meanings, represents courage, wisdom and glory.

It is also believed that laurel can help make wishes come true, in fact, the most superstitious people still today put a couple of bay leaves under their pillows when they sleep to make their dreams come true.

Laurel: care

Even in ancient times it was believed that laurel had beneficial and antibacterial properties: during the period of the plague, the Roman emperor Claudius moved to a place rich in laurel forests at the suggestion of doctors.

Today, various laboratory studies have shown that the evaporation of the essential oil of laurel protects against infections.

Laurel: diseases

L'laurel it tends to be one hardy plant which does not require a lot of care; this does not mean, however, that it is immune to illnesses.

A first case of laurel disease could depend on you when you water: excessive irrigation in fact causes the plant to rot. You will notice this when you see the leaves starting to turn brown. On the contrary, poor irrigation leads the laurel to develop yellow leaves.

A common parasite that affects laurel is the Brown cochineal, a very small animal that causes the presence of brown spots on the leaves.

It is possible to remove the Cochineal by wiping the leaf with a little cotton soaked in alcohol or with pesticide.

If, on the other hand, you should notice that deformations begin to appear in the buds and leaves, you could be in the presence of an attack of the psylla, an insect of very small size and unfortunately very common in crops.

Psylla blocks the growth of laurel and prefers the wetter parts, which is why it is better to prevent it by pruning that improves the passage of air.

If the psylla has already made the laurel sick, then it is better to remove the affected parts and intervene with specific products.

If, on the other hand, you notice that the leaves turn yellow with brown spots then you could be in the presence of red spider: in this case the leaves curl up and then fall. In this case, to solve the problem it is necessary to use a specific insecticide.

A specific insecticide to combat the spider mite without causing harm to beneficial insects is the one produced by Bayer for sale on Amazon.

Laurel: contraindications

At this time there are no proven contraindications for the use of laurel.

Laurel: cultivation

Laurel is a plant cultivable both in the garden and in pots for ornamental purposes. As mentioned above, it is a very resistant plant that does not require special attention except a pruning every now and then to avoid possible parasites.

In case you have planted laurel in the garden, I recommend that you water the laurel only during the first year of life. If, on the other hand, you have planted it in a pot, it is important to always water it constantly.

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Video: Project New Leaves disease survey of Prunus laurocerasus (May 2021).