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29/09/2013 at 16:12

Anyone know anything about olive trees?

29/09/2013 at 16:29

They grow in hot countries.

29/09/2013 at 21:58

Yes, apart from that, does anyone know about the care  

29/09/2013 at 22:01

They can cope with colder weather than people realise, as long as their roots are dryish.  They hate cold and wet together. 

29/09/2013 at 22:24

Was thinking of keeping in a pot for a few years and bringing into the conservatory over winter. What do you think? Or would it be better in the ground?

29/09/2013 at 22:38

How big is it?

29/09/2013 at 22:38

Hi star gaze lily!

I have a smallish olive tree in a ceramic pot (pot size about 2 foot tall & 8 inches across). I got it about 5 years ago & it was  about 6 inches tall - the olive tree, not the pot - & is now about 3ft tall & bushy. It's survived all those freezing & snowy winters we've had over the last few years & had a single olive fruit this year!! I dont keep it in a greenhouse or anything over winter just move the pot to a sheltered position so it wont get blown about too much. It's in plain multipurpose peat free compost so has good drainage. I scrape out the top couple of inches each spring & replace with fresh compost & it has the occasional general feed during the growing season but that's about it!! Hope you enjoy growing one too! cheers 

29/09/2013 at 23:32
29/09/2013 at 23:42

Bought it friday, its about 4ft tall ( from base of pot ) and quite bushy and a good shape. What sort of feed?

29/09/2013 at 23:44

Thanks MAtty2 will have look 

29/09/2013 at 23:46

Bought it friday, its about 4ft tall ( from base of pot ) and quite bushy and a good shape. What sort of feed?

29/09/2013 at 23:46

Thanks MAtty2 will have look 

29/09/2013 at 23:56

I bring mine into GH for over winter. and wrap pots/roots in bubble wrap

A local olive expert told me to use JI No2 as don't need anything that strong and to give them a good feed of tomato feed in spring (April) and that's it for the year.

Mine seem fine on that regime but do need re-potting next spring though growth is very slow

08/10/2013 at 19:29

I have just wrapped my 4 foot tree ( bought for me last Mothers Day) pot in bubble wrap. I have moved it to the top of the garden where it is more sheltered. I have some plant fleece but not sure if I need to cover the tree to protect it from frost. What do people think. I did wonder if I should bring it indoors but think that may not be the best idea.

08/10/2013 at 20:03

I'm still undecided, some say leave it out others say bring it in. Don't want to loose it, its such a lovely shape and the're not cheap.

09/10/2013 at 10:34

Hi star gaze lily,I think I will stick to my plan to protect it outdoors. Will keep an eye on it and then act accordingly. Trouble is air gets dry inside and with 3 grandchildren coming to see me I don't want to risk it being damaged. I gave my tree a top dressing of Vitax Q4+ in the summer and would highly recommend it. Got it from Dobbies nursery. Have a look on thr RHS website. They are good for advice.

09/10/2013 at 13:51

Many thanks Liz, will have a look later. Just had lunch, now going back to attacking the garage!  Trying to find the end of it, theres so much rubbish in there but I think we are winning! !!!

09/10/2013 at 13:57

Have ready a space in GH for my 2 now. Will bring them in sometime in next week unless it becomes exceptionally cold. I will wrap the pots in newspaper and bubble wrap and drape fleece on them when real winter starts - they always look like ghosts leering then

09/10/2013 at 14:18

We don't have a GH Matty, would a shed be ok or I could bring it into my conservatory.  What do you think

10/10/2013 at 18:18

Its raining and the temperature has drop quite a lot this evening,  so I have just brought my olive tree inti the conservatory. Is this ok Matty2 and should I repot it now or leave it until spring?

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