Olive Tree FAQ
While we praise our Olive Trees for their hardiness and very low maintenance here a few things that will ensure your Olive Tree THRIVES!
- Do not be afraid!
- It is important to provide your Olive Tree with harsh prunes every now and then. This will encourage the development of new shoots and ensure a more 'fuller' looking crown.
- Generally the Olive Tree should be pruned back no further past the last seasons growth. A few inches short of this is ideal.
- Typical expected annual growth is 20-40cm.
- Pruning should preferably take place late spring, annually.
- Shaping should preferably take place at the end of late summer.
- All living things generally become drought tolerant after 1 season of being in the ground. Therefore, for that first season the Olive Tree should be watered well.
- If the Olive Tree is in a container then it will not be drought tolerant and will require watering on a regular basis during the growing season (April- October)
- It is important to recognise that Olive Trees thrive in poor soil.
- If the Olive Tree is in a container it may benefit from occasional tomato feed.
- Olive Trees should remain outside all year round as they are very strong and cold resistant.
- Very young Olive Trees may benefit from some protection from extremely cold weather.
- Olive Trees are able to survive almost all weather but in extreme cases a simple 'tree blanket' can help.
- When in containers we recommend garden top soil.
- It is not necessary to add grit to growing medium as this will mean more watering!
- Please steer away from multipurpose compost as generally it dries out faster.
- If being planted into the ground then usually any soil type will do.
- However, if the Olive Tree is being planted into heavy clay then the drainage should be tested. This is as simple as digging a hole; filling it with water and leaving it for a period of time to see how much water drains out. If the drainage is poor then it will require improvements.
- Olive Trees are more than happy to be pot bound, however, the expectation for new growth should be limited.
- The larger the pot, the better! A pot can never be too big!
Are Olive Trees wind tolerant?
Mealeybug or 'White fluffy stuff'
Found in warmer growingclimates, mealybugs are soft-bodied, wingless insects that often appear as white cottony masses on the leaves, stems and fruit of plants.They are very sticky and have the appearance of 'cotton wool'.
||Peacock spot is identified when a leaf will begin yellowing and a brown ring will occur. This is caused by high humidity.||
Treatment is not necessary due to the leaves taking care of themselves as they drop due to being insufficient for photosynthesis. In extreme cases a simple copper mixture can be used.
DO NOT PUT PEACOCK SPOT INFECTED LEAVES IN THE COMPOST.
||Yellowness in leaves is caused by a lack of sunlight. Usually closer to the crown of the Olive Tree.||There is no necessary treatment due to the leaves simply falling off by themselves.|
Caused by a lack of water.
The Olive Tree should be fully saturated with water and should be pruned by approximately 20%.
No leaves with shoots
|This means the tree has been dried out at some point but is coming back to full health.||A good prune will aid growth and encourage more shoots to develop on the older wood.|
Brown shoots/ branches
|This is simply when a shoot/ branch has been broken and is now dead.||The branch can be pulled out or pruned back past the point of breakage.|
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