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Olive Tree care indoors....losing it leaves- what am I doing wrong?

Posted: 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?

Olive Tree care indoors....losing it leaves- what am I doing wrong?

Posted: 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....


Young Olive Tree

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:20

I kept my standard Olive tree ouside in an open porch hardly watered, and it is now thriving, it is covered in flowers, but being inthe UK not expecting Olives- however may be if Chrissie gets some my flowers may turn to olive.

I had it bought in June 2012, and kept it indoors till May of 2013, but it gradually lsot about 90% of its leaves, but once out in the south-facing garden it started to sprout new leaves, no flowers.

This year it is amazing, lots of leaves and flowers- photo attached. and this morning I have repotted it as it was top heavy and always falling inthe wind.  I have made a video of it to post on youtube for our gardening club (new incentive- we are doing videos to share our tips, do demos etc), but I haven't managed to get it to upload. 

Ofcourse, doing it on the tablet so not sure how to do it, it would appear i am uploading it twice, 16% and 28% after about 3 hours, and it seems impossible to cancel.  Our slow Broadband link could be the problem!  If anyone knows how to do it- let me know....

Mine was already grown as a standard, was on half price special offer -was £15 from Morrisons supermarket and is about 7ft tall!

RHS Harlow Carr at Harrogate keep their's outside but as they have had no protection they are sparse in the leaf department... A cold greenhouse would be good if you don't ahve a porch. 

Plant ID white ponpom Clematis

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 16:19


I've lost the label of this one- white huge round pompom, sturdy flowers, not quite a ball but not far off- 4 inches across.  The photo was taken today, and the flower is fading.

It is about 5ft tall and about 4 years old- when should I prune it? has been flowering May until now.       



Anyone have a cardiocrinum giganteum in flower yet?any photos?

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 21:43

Great news- the Cardiocrinum which I had bought last year (about £10) from the Plant Hunters garden in Scotland, that takes 7 years to flower from bulb- is about to flower this year.  The bud which the other day looked to be only new leaves, is now looking like lily flower heads.

Even with all this rain 2 lily beetles were stuck to the flower heads- dispatched now....


They are held on a thick 6ft maroon bean pole - I have attached a picture of what I am expecting it to look like- the photo is several plants, whereas I have one.

any tips on growing them- do they need staking?  Will I get offset bulbs?- nothing showing yet-

Thebiggy- do I need to feed it?. 

However ,the sad news is -is it is mono-carpic so the bulb will die after flowering.  although hopefully it will have some baby offsets which should flower in 3 years time!

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 18:16

Thank you- also just read on the Progreen website- that hard water interferes with the take up of the chemical so that could be the reason my treatments haven't worked.  there is a pouch you can buy to add to the solution.

 Will hard water also affect the Gallup active ingredient?  hard water is high in magnesium etc

We with the problem should all do a trial, each using a different remedy and report back!

I will make a decision on which to use- Kurtail or Gallup.

Will keep you posted

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 17:44

I just don't want to waste another year.

Sounds like the way forward, just feel that Kurtail has had 2 chances/ i.e 2 years and didn't make a dent in the problem.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 17:40

If you are sure to up the dose, because I was always concerned that I oversprayed it on the application as nearly used a whole bottle.  Was thinking I had sprayed on to thickly and it had just burn the tops off without travelling down to the deep roots.

Also this time there is lots of grass and annual weeds which will take the hit and miss the MT, so not sure if to try and kill them off first.  Teh roots of heelebore didn't keep the MT at bare so some were sacrificed and a couple kept in pots in quarantine.

Re the shrubs- the thick roots of these must put off the MT as they are sparse round these so I could easily treat i.e. paint each one with a jel.  Had heard of using wallpaper paste to thicken the weedkiller but haven't used it.


Saw a post from a lady who had purchased a blackcurrent bush with MT popping up, I also had this last year but luckily I had potted on so was in pots when it appeared-had to wash all the roots and repot- was some lysimachia purpurea  purchased from J Parker Bulbs.............Nearly had a fit when I saw it in the pot!

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:47

Was trying to work out what sort of conditions they may not like, as obviously like the soil currently- Could liming work- never used it so not sure how to - other than seen Alan T spreading it with his hands in one of his gardening books- thought gloves were a must to preventing burning the skin.

Could get some farmyard manure if that woudl help - but don't want to feed them....


Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:43

the liming option seem a strange one, as when I dig down some 3 foot there are the thick black roots growing out between the builders rubble of cement covered bricks -they can't mind sandy soils nor clay. 

It is well drained too. 

One year tried digging it out and sieving the roots out- but as you can see that didn't work either.

You don't see it in farmers field used for growing crops so it doen't spread that much.

I have seen it growing out of tarmac, so sure trying to cover it to block out the light and nutrients will only make it pop up somewhere else.

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