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

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 16:04

I bought a lovely tall Olive tree from Morrisons early in the summer, I then moved the pot into the dining room which is north-facing in autumn, it receives plenty of light, no sun and is on the cool side all day, the CH is on in an evening to around 17C, I keep watering it but not too much.  Is it too hot, too cold, not watered enough, should I move it to an cooler room or is it natural (autumnal phase) to lose it leaves now?  Haven't feed since summer.  Winters here are cold, frosty and damp so wouldn't survive outdoors.  I have seen them in italian restuarants and always have a good head of hair!  leaves I mean...........
 When will the leaves re-grew, if at all- still looks healthy though. Stands 7-8ft in the pot.  Flowed in summer so was very happy.  Will have lost all leaves in 3 weeks  is my guess....

info on Hydrangas please

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 15:36

When you do come to take the cuttings- 4-5in high and remove the larger leaves- just pop in a jam jar of tap water on the windowsill until they have several white roots - ( a few weeks that's all) then pot up individually.  Seem to take better this way than in compost!

Echinacea plugs

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 15:31

I took the same offer and mine seem to disappear during the late summer- slugs maybe...

tree heights

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 14:48


My mum grew one from seed in her conservatory some 15 years ago, it is planted out in the garden at that time and is only 6 foot high now and is still twiggy, and has never been pruned or even trimmed. 

Don't think we have the sun to make it grew 20 foot plus!

So you should be fine!

Black soggy seeds collected Saturday - Echincea

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 14:13

Thanks too true - Yes could be a problem- I use all my windowsills, as my plastic zipped greenhouse will be too cold!

North facing bank, clay soil

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 14:10


I have a bank just the same, couldn't get a fork it in, so hard- that was summer of 2011,, so used a spade to chip away at it and then added a scak of sharp sand and had a bucket of home-made compost which made it easier to dig.  Then planted up with Red hot pokers and Cristophiii Allims - both which flowered for the first time this year- 2012-lovely.  Also planted a couple of Kniphofias in 2010 on the level rather wet clay and they are growing huge and had flowers for the first time 2012.  they were only young plants about 6in when I planted them- now 2-3 ft across.  They don't need any care, have survived the frost & ice of 2010 which was down to  -17 in York sometimes.

This autumn I have added some ornamental grasses so hoping they will flourish. In the more shady area I have added hostas, ferns and primroses. The soil is now very good and as on a slope does drain well even though clay.  Would swear by adding a sack of sharp sand- £2 ish from B& Q in the building section (not builders sand has to be Sharp sand)  I can't believe the difference in the soil!  On the same sloping bank where I didn't add sand the soil is currently claggy and wet after all the rain and frost.

PS. Hemoracalis (Day lillies) grow really well if they can have some summer sun on my North facing, clay soil.

Hope this helps...


Black soggy seeds collected Saturday - Echincea

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 13:41


I collected some rather sorry looking seedheads from my Echinacea plant - black, wet and frosted from December.  I took discodavves advice and sowed them on Sunday, 2 days later 3 had germinated now 4 days on have around 60 poking through.  I did put them in a basic heated propogator.  When should I remove them form the propagator?

Did the same with seeds from the Eucomis- early December (pinapple flower)-have around 30 growing-  3 inch shoots. Had zero success with trying to propagate them from leaf sections.
Also spotted some Teasel seeds had sprouted within the cone (still on plant) so have potted them on indoors- so fingers crossed they will thrive too. 

Are there any other seeds woth trying now indoor and outdoor?

Too late to plant Tulip/Daff bulbs?

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 14:56


Best time to plant tulips is December, so they will flower great this year is you can plant them now!  Only a week into January so go for it!

Can I sow now?- Eryngiums, Echinacea, and the grass Stipa gigantea? Mystery

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 14:36

Thanks discodave the photo of the echinacea has been a god send- sure I sowed some chaff last year and threw away the seeds!


Missing your weekly fix of Gardeners World?

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 11:35

In February they are to repeat Carol Klein's "Life in a Cottage Garden" runs for 6 weeks, well worth watching again or if you missed it the first time round, and the book of the same name is very good-adorable! it is like a journal/ diary for the year.

 Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein. Filmed at her home in north Devon, the six-part series followed Carol for a year of gardening; encountering the rewards and challenges, and decay and renewal that each season brings to Glebe Cottage.
I think it is based on a year in her garden in 2009 or 2010.

Also a new series- Monty's French gardens is coming soon

I wish they re-ran the older Gardeners World- those from the time of when I didn't watch as thought gardening was a necessity rather than the pleasure it is now....must be my age...........got hooked in 2009 when I bought this house!

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