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Olive Trees


Posted by Sophie Bostock , Jan 25,2006,15:18       Forum

I have received a distressed message from a friend for whom I bought a small olive tree for Christmas. Please see below:

I am trying to take great care of it, but this house is not good for plants, not enough light, so every day I put it in the window and every night I take it down, too much draft. The leaves appear to be dropping, normally this is because of too much water with plants, but the label says to keep it moist, (obviously not saturated). Before I came to live at Homewood I had the most enormous and very healthy collection of houseplants, they all died within three months. I am DETERMINED that this little olive tree will not follow them. I may have to lend it to my Italian friend with a conservatory until it is warm enough to put on the terrace where I know it will do brilliantly.

Sadly the only plants I nurture successfully are orchids. Is there any advice that I can offer my friend? Many thanks.


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