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Re: Care of potted Olive tree


Re : Care of potted Olive tree -- Alan Parker
Posted by trevor deprez , Mar 20,2007,10:46    Top of Thread   Forum

Hi Alan,
I suggest you move your potted Olive tree outside and allow the elements to dictate, (after all it does get cold in Greece during the winter). I live in the north east (hardly Mediteranean) & have two potted Olive trees that stand outside all year round, my garden faces south east. My trees are now approx; four foot tall & produce fruit yearly.
The trees grow in terracotta pots in a multi purpose compost i then add additional horticultural grit to aid drainage, remember to place approx two inches of drainage crock/grit at the base of the pot. I also top dress the pot again with one inch of horticultural grit, (this helps to suppress weeds reduces moisture evaporation during the summer and frost damage during the winter).
Once a year (MAY) i use slow release general fertilizer pellets sinking four or five, two inches into the compost.
Personally i have to admit to rarely watering my trees, they certainly did not recieve much in the way of additional water during the heatwave of last July.
My trees are positioned on the patio facing south east & left in the same spot all year round and have not required any form of winter cover in the last four years, (as i am penning this it is 2c outside and we have a two inch covering of snow).
I hope this is of some use to you, i personally have found my trees to be as tough as old boots and require minimal aftercare.

Regards,

Trevor Deprez.


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