6 year old Spiral or Double Spiral Bay Trees £19.99 from Aldi
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6 year old Spiral or Double Spiral Bay Trees £19.99 from Aldi

£19.99ALDI Deals
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Found 7th May 2015
A stylish twist on the decorative garden classic.

These are a bargain and great to use the leaves in stews, gravy etc

A mature 6-year-old tree in a big 3.5 litre pot.

Choose from Spiral or Double Spiral.

Same price as they sold them 3 years ago.

Available from the 14th May >

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Looks great!

Very middle class darling!

"Same price as they sold them 3 years ago"
So are these 9 years old now?

???

Do they actually come like that or are they overwintered plants that need re-potting with root stimulator feed?

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Sir_Didymus

Do they actually come like that or are they overwintered plants that need … Do they actually come like that or are they overwintered plants that need re-potting with root stimulator feed?



oO No idea? Guessing they will look like the photo's.

Probably best to repot into a bigger one and take them out of the cheap plastic ones anyway.

steevieboy4u

oO No idea? Guessing they will look like the photo's.Probably best to … oO No idea? Guessing they will look like the photo's.Probably best to repot into a bigger one and take them out of the cheap plastic ones anyway.



I do always put store bought plants into bigger pots to promote more root growth but most of the store bought ones are usually overwintered with nothing on the plant itself unless you buy fully in season plants. I'd prefer to grow my own stuff from seed but seeing as I'm busy with my chilli and fruit plants this year I really don't have the time to start something like this from seed especially if it's a mature dwarf bay tree. I will pop in to Aldi and have a look anyway so thanks for the post. Would be nice to add a Bay tree to my collection.

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What does 'overwintered' mean? I'm not really much of a gardener

Sir_Didymus

I do always put store bought plants into bigger pots to promote more root … I do always put store bought plants into bigger pots to promote more root growth but most of the store bought ones are can you plant this straight into you garden and will they tolerate part shade thanksusually overwintered with nothing on the plant itself unless you buy fully in season plants. I'd prefer to grow my own stuff from seed but seeing as I'm busy with my chilli and fruit plants this year I really don't have the time to start something like this from seed especially if it's a mature dwarf bay tree. I will pop in to Aldi and have a look anyway so thanks for the post. Would be nice to add a Bay tree to my collection.


steevieboy4u

What does 'overwintered' mean? I'm not really much of a gardener



Oh, well all they do is strip back all the growth before winter kicks in and snip off the stems and basically just leave a plain stalk with no growth on it. The plant might look dead but it's sort of in a hibernation period as long as you leave it in a warm place and water it once or twice a month. Then eventually when spring/summer comes around it starts blooming again. They sell pear trees, apple trees etc like this because it's cheaper to transport. Also the reason why fully blossoming and in-season plants cost a lot more than overwintered plants. Places like Home Bargains, Lidl, Aldi all sell overwintered pear trees, plum trees, apple trees etc.

Sir_Didymus

I do always put store bought plants into bigger pots to promote more root … I do always put store bought plants into bigger pots to promote more root growth but most of the store bought ones are usually overwintered with nothing on the plant itself unless you buy fully in season plants. I'd prefer to grow my own stuff from seed but seeing as I'm busy with my chilli and fruit plants this year I really don't have the time to start something like this from seed especially if it's a mature dwarf bay tree. I will pop in to Aldi and have a look anyway so thanks for the post. Would be nice to add a Bay tree to my collection.



So much knowledge, Alan Titchmarsh gtf outta the way!!!

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Sir_Didymus

Oh, well all they do is strip back all the growth before winter kicks in … Oh, well all they do is strip back all the growth before winter kicks in and snip off the stems and basically just leave a plain stalk with no growth on it. The plant might look dead but it's sort of in a hibernation period as long as you leave it in a warm place and water it once or twice a month. Then eventually when spring/summer comes around it starts blooming again. They sell pear trees, apple trees etc like this because it's cheaper to transport. Also the reason why fully blossoming and in-season plants cost a lot more than overwintered plants. Places like Home Bargains, Lidl, Aldi all sell overwintered pear trees, plum trees, apple trees etc.



I know what you mean now. These won't be like that. They will like the ones in the photo's with leaves etc.

I've bought some of the 'overwintered' roses, red currant, rasberry bushes etc from Home bargains, poundland in the past. Not sure a bay tree would survive cutting back that much due to how slow they actually grow.
Edited by: "steevieboy4u" 7th May 2015

scoobytawazara



It's a herb plant and usually lasts 20 years in a container or longer if potted in the ground. Only problem with potting straight into the ground is the ground itself. Might be contaminated, might not be free draining and also the biggest problem is freeze. It's best to put them into bigger pots so you can bring them home or put them into a greenhouse when winter comes around. They don't need much sunlight so yes they should still grow in shaded areas. They don't need much looking after aswell. Stuff like pruning, feed etc is pretty pointless unless you want to shape it a certain way or force it to grow a certain way. Just re-pot into a bigger pot. Feed it once with root stimulator. Then watering with just plain water should be enough. If you fancy giving it a health boost you could try a balanced nutrient mixed in with your water but I don't think something like this needs much looking after.

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Sir_Didymus

It's a herb plant and usually lasts 20 years in a container or longer if … It's a herb plant and usually lasts 20 years in a container or longer if potted in the ground. Only problem with potting straight into the ground is the ground itself. Might be contaminated, might not be free draining and also the biggest problem is freeze. It's best to put them into bigger pots so you can bring them home or put them into a greenhouse when winter comes around. They don't need much sunlight so yes they should still grow in shaded areas. They don't need much looking after aswell. Stuff like pruning, feed etc is pretty pointless unless you want to shape it a certain way or force it to grow a certain way. Just re-pot into a bigger pot. Feed it once with root stimulator. Then watering with just plain water should be enough. If you fancy giving it a health boost you could try a balanced nutrient mixed in with your water but I don't think something like this needs much looking after.



How often do they need watering?

Two things with these trees, firstly good luck getting one as every store will have limited stock. The annoying for my colleague and I was there was one left about three years ago, which he bought, albeit it bit withered. On our way out we noticed that one of the members of staff who came out to his car had 4 of these lay down on his back seat. To make things worse my friend got his home, read the small print on the attached tag and noticed that they were for ornamental use only and not for cooking with.

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I've got 2 'normal bay trees' the straight ones not these spiral type. I've had them about 3-4 years now. They just sit out side in pots, in summer i water them twice a week just so the soil doesn't dry out too much other than that i just let the rain do the work.

Cold because Morrisons recently had 5ft ones much bigger than these and they were 30 quid for 2. Another nothing special Aldi deal.

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dazzyb93

To make things worse my friend got his home, read the small print on the … To make things worse my friend got his home, read the small print on the attached tag and noticed that they were for ornamental use only and not for cooking with.



As long as it is a bay tree with the distinctive bay smell when crushed it is fine for cooking. (This comment was taken from here):

mygarden.rhs.org.uk/for…spx

Crushed, I've been cooking for years and have never crushed a bayleaf.

Nice bush

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dazzyb93

Crushed, I've been cooking for years and have never crushed a bayleaf.



Neither have i, i don't dry them out before using them either

Banned

No way!
I bought some Bonsai trees but threw them out after 4 years. They wouldn't grow.

Pluun

No way!I bought some Bonsai trees but threw them out after 4 years. They … No way!I bought some Bonsai trees but threw them out after 4 years. They wouldn't grow.



You sure they were not plastic ones oO

steevieboy4u

Neither have i, i don't dry them out before using them either



Surely you have torn them in half?

steevieboy4u

What does 'overwintered' mean? I'm not really much of a gardener



Just stick them in the freezer.

very tempted to go get these. thanks op.

FAO me Mum

hooray henry

Cold because Morrisons recently had 5ft ones much bigger than these and … Cold because Morrisons recently had 5ft ones much bigger than these and they were 30 quid for 2. Another nothing special Aldi deal.


Question number
1, How much bigger are the Morrisons ones to these (I can't see the size mentioned for the Aldi ones).
2, Do I need a time machine for the Morrisons deal?
Thanks.

biggysilly

"Same price as they sold them 3 years ago" So are these 9 years old now? … "Same price as they sold them 3 years ago" So are these 9 years old now?



No, the ones they bought would be but are 6 year old (_;)

The only answer you will need so pay close attention

Yes you will need a time machine to get the taller,bigger,cheaper morrisons ones.

But never mind you can buy these much smaller,younger,more expensive ones instead because the Aldi website is telling you these are a great deal so they must be right?

Good deal

Do I run the risk of getting done for winding up a tree? :((

I'm usually a big fan of Aldi but I'm not convinced that this is a bargain, sorry.

Sir_Didymus

Oh, well all they do is strip back all the growth before winter kicks in … Oh, well all they do is strip back all the growth before winter kicks in and snip off the stems and basically just leave a plain stalk with no growth on it. The plant might look dead but it's sort of in a hibernation period as long as you leave it in a warm place and water it once or twice a month. Then eventually when spring/summer comes around it starts blooming again. They sell pear trees, apple trees etc like this because it's cheaper to transport. Also the reason why fully blossoming and in-season plants cost a lot more than overwintered plants. Places like Home Bargains, Lidl, Aldi all sell overwintered pear trees, plum trees, apple trees etc.



I got a couple of pear and plum trees about a year ago from Lidls for 2.99 each when they were selling them off and all 4 have blossom on them this year. I wasn't optimistic but replanted them using the suggested compost and it seems to have worked so far.

marra

Question number 1, How much bigger are the Morrisons ones to these (I … Question number 1, How much bigger are the Morrisons ones to these (I can't see the size mentioned for the Aldi ones).2, Do I need a time machine for the Morrisons deal?Thanks.



1. In the picture, these trees are as high as a garden bench, so they are quite small if that's a true size.
2. That deal was posted about a month ago, so probably.

Another 12 years and it can Special Brew.

Original Poster

The Morrison's bay trees were also the standard straight version (correct me if I'm wrong?) I've never seen any deals at Morrison's selling the spiral version.... so this deal can't really be compared

Are these suitable as indoor plants?

Wife is thinking of having one near to the patio window but not by a radiator.

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JohnnyUtah

Are these suitable as indoor plants? Wife is thinking of having one near … Are these suitable as indoor plants? Wife is thinking of having one near to the patio window but not by a radiator.



Yes should be fine, would probably grow better as it won't then be exposed to the frost and bad weather. I would put it next to a window (so it gets some sun) and just make sure the soil doesn't fully dry out.

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Did anyone actually manage to get hold of any of these? I wasn't lucky enough

Wouldn't mind seeing a photo of the actual thing in case they do them again in the future
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