Hello, it's been a while since I visited but... I hope I have posted this in the correct section. About a couple of years ago I was given a small bay tree plant. It was about 16" high in a small (5"?) pot. It seemed healthy and happy. It was beginning of winter so given the severe gales we experience here, I kept it indoors on my kitchen window sill, meaning to plant it outside in the garden the following spring. That didn't happen. The plant really just sat there and didn't 'do' anything for 12 months. Suddenly it started to shoot from the top, large leaves different from the previous leaves. Apparently fleshier and much larger and more rounded in shape. I renewed my interest and potted it up into a larger container, a plastic pot about 10" in diameter and 12" high. I used supermarket compost to provide the additional soil. I did not add any fertiliser, organic or otherwise. The roots were somewhat balled so I tried to tease them out as much as I could without damaging them too much. After I re-potted the Bay Tree, the new top growth withered and blackened from the centre of the leaves. I watered it regularly with about a pint of tap water when the soil no longer felt moist to the back of my fingers. It then produced a shoot from ground level which produced some more apparently 'fleshier' more rounded leaves than is characteristic for a Bay. The new top growth withered and blackened so I removed it, back to the main stem. One of my keenest interests is photography. I like to do time-lapse when the opportunity presents itself, this seemed an opportunity, so I started to prepare a setup so I could keep one of my cameras trained on the Bay Tree continually. At this time I noticed another new shoot at ground level. So I started to photograph it every hour. This is my setup... Not having done a long time lapse of this nature before I have been evolving my technique as I go. I have increased my rate from one exposure per hour to every ten minutes, six an hour. So far I have taken over 3,100 exposures. The ring around the bottom of the pot is a piece of 6mm copper pipe to stop slugs from clambering up the side of the pot, which I fitted after spotted trails. Slugs don't like copper. However, back to the Bay tree. The first ground shoot is showing signs of fungus around the stem buds, I tried spraying it with washing up water but no improvement. There are many very small white 'mites' clambering all over the soil and up the stems, exploring the buds and leaves. There is also worm activity, worm casts are regularly thrown up around the stem. My thoughts are that the white mites may be milking the plant's nutrients, the lack of feed may be starving the plant or there are deficiencies in the makeup of the soil. I would think worm activity could be good, but maybe the wrong type of worm? I suspect the fungus is a consequence rather than a cause of this situation. I can of course provide more photographs! Eventually a short video of a micro world perhaps. I ask for any suggestions to help me get my Bay tree back to good health please. I was delighted to have been given it but I wasn't anticipating these issues.