I just ordered 2 Bay Laurels from Hirt's Garden in Ohio, they'll be here within a couple of days. I've been looking for bays for years with no luck and couldn't pass these up - I'm so excited
Anyway, before they get here I want to get pots ready and stuff for them to have the best chance. I'll have to overwinter them indoors as it gets below -5 and windy here in the winter so it seems this thread belongs here more than in the Herb Gardening forum - but feel free to move it if necessary.
First question: I know they need good drainage, so should I use 50/50 regular potting mix and cactus mix, or all cactus mix?
Secondly: How big should I pot them? I know they grow slowly, they're coming in "quart" pots, and I've been scouring the internet but there's very little advice on where to start. I was thinking either 8 or 12 inches - these are the pots I like - I have a few already, they are nice and sturdy so they won't tip easily and they seem to drain very well. I've read in several places that bay laurels don't mind being a little bit root bound (but many of Hirt's reviewers said they started seeing growth when they potted up) but when should I be worried about overpotting? In addition to which, nice pots can be expensive and I don't want to end up with a bunch from potting up that I don't even use.
And lastly: Google has already informed me of common pests and diseases to watch for like scale and suckers, but is there anything else I should know about potting or care?
Any advice you guys can give would be much appreciated, you've all been so kind and helpful so far!
Thanks in advance