Posted: 22/09/2012 at 10:14
Earlier in the year I bought two olive trees. I would guess they are about 5 years old. Both are looking really healthy but they have both acted very differently. One of them did not produce any fruits, instead it threw out loads of new growth and now is about three times the size of the other.
The second one however decided it was going to just produce olives. The tree now is full of them but unfortnatly they are all still quite small and hard and with the heat of summer now behind us i'm afraid they probably won't be growing much bigger.
My question is should I cut off all the small fruits so it is just back to leaves? Or should should I leave the olives on and will they just not grow much over the winter but start again in spring and next summer?
Also could you please advise on the best way to over winter an olive tree. I do not have a greenhouse to move them into. I was thinking perhaps cover the pots up with fleece during November to February and if we get any snow this year i may move them into the shed for a week. The shed's a bit dark, but at least it won't be snowy. Is this a bad idea?
Josh from Somerset