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14/07/2014 at 14:01

Found my orignal posting, so as an update the olive tree is amazing this year, I took the advise from Matty2, BusyBee 2, Dove from above, and Foodie 40.  I left it in the south-facing very open porch and kept it nearly dry all winter.  I was going to bubblewrap the pot but we only had frost about 4 times.  It has rewarded me with lots of leaves and flowers, and didn't shed any leaves during winter.

I have just made a video of the repotting to go on youtube for our gardening club.  I repotted as per advise - repotted it into gritty compost with some JI, and will not put it indoors again.  Sited it against a heat retaining red-brick house wall hoping the flowers will turn to olives!

photo attached, not sure my position agiant the hous


e wall shows off it's best attributes....


14/07/2014 at 15:37

The close-up of the flowers which will hoepfully turn into olives- fingers crossed... anyone in the UK with Olives on their Olive tree?, or France.....any photos?

14/07/2014 at 15:52

Brilliant - it's looking great 

14/07/2014 at 18:05


Hi dizzylizzy, mine looks like this. Not sure if its olives tho 

10/04/2015 at 19:41

Hello Olive Lovers, 

I am quite new olive carer, however, I have found an useful information here:

10/04/2015 at 19:42

Hello Olive Lovers,

I am quite new olive carer, however, I found useful information here:



03/06/2015 at 11:33

Hi all

like you I love olive trees I have had several over the years lost all in 2010 due to vey low long term temperatures. 

I have an indoor one currently in wheel house all glass but solid roof facing east does not det much direct sun but gets strong sunlight for 7 hours a day in summer, it's currently showing many yellow leaves but tops look healthy is this normal or is it suffering from not enough direct sun?


06/01/2016 at 18:37

I bought a small olive tree from a local store last spring. I put it into more of a bucket than the vertical planter they gave me. Perhaps the container, little larger that a very tall glass, was shaped to control the shape and size of the tree. I transferred it to a much wider pot now, bucket shaped with side handles so that it can be brought indoors in the winter. It is maybe about a meter tall in all, now.

They said to bring it in doors. I should check to see how much cold an olive tree can take. Most of the leaved trees outside drop all their leaves but survive the -21C, -20F winters. Sometimes they say that a plant must be actually planted in the ground to survive that, that it needs roots below the freeze depth of the soil, and a potted plant can't do that.

Just like you were all saying though, cool and too much water. I have zero drainage in it and a light coating of sand on the top to pass the water down and in but keep it in, too. The difficulty I think is having it next to plants that DO like the more water even when it gets cool. Next to bamboo which loves water, too much maybe. I have mine in the sun of a tiny dinning room, south facing, in southern Michigan, USA. The houses are pretty close together, maybe four meters apart, so the low winter sun only gets inside in the afternoon. In the summer I often put an awning up to cut down the sun heat indoors.

So Thanks for the info!


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