Bay Laurel Branches

Common Names: Bay laurel, Laurel, Sweet Laurel, Nobel Laurel

Botanical names: Laurus nobilis

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 7 to 28 days

Storage temperatures: 36 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Bay laurel branches are woody and often have a reddish-brown hue. They are sturdy and flexible, with smaller branches stemming off from the main stem. The branches bear clusters of leaves along their length. The leaves are elliptical in shape, dark green, glossy, and about 3 to 4 inches in length.

Color: Glossy dark green

Botanical facts: Bay laurel leaves emit a strong, aromatic fragrance when crushed or dried. These leaves are commonly used as a culinary herb.

Design notes: Bay laurel foliage is an excellent base foliage. It's distinctive form, texture and fragrance can add interest to an arrangement. The draping foliage adds line and can be used to break the line of a container. Bay laurel foliage is often used to make garlands.

Purchasing hints: Purchase foliage that is turgid and pliable. Avoid foliage with wilted tips or damaged leaves.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Give the woody stem ends a fresh break or cut. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: The Bay Laurel has been associated with victory, honor, and achievement since ancient times. In Greek and Roman mythology, it was used to make laurel wreaths awarded to victors in athletic and poetic competitions.

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