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Re: Olive
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2010, 21:49 »
Italian nurseries do tend to use fairly grim potting medium as they have all their stuff on irrigation drip lines and feed and water daily via this.  Once the stuff is off drip lines it does tend to sulk a bit  ;)

A new pot, some good drainage in the base and John Innes no 2 is what I usually recommend to customers at work.  Water well over summer, keep on dry side over winter. Feeding optional - they don't need a lot.  Liquid seaweed may help fire some life into a winter traumatised olive.  There's no logical reason for this but it's what we use at work on plants looking stressed and it does seem to help.

Olive plants are characters, so scruffy will mature into wind swept and interesting Mobilekat  :lol:



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« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2010, 22:31 »
When I get home I will takes some pictures- I am fond of it, I have a weak spot for plants with character!
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« Reply #17 on: June 25, 2010, 07:43 »
The only kind of places round my way that keep olive trees in pots are dinky galleries looking to draw tourists in.

My understanding is that olive trees in the UK are expensive. Round here they're five euros a pop for a what's called a 'doblete', a couple of years old or so, ten euros for a four-year-old or thereabouts.

If I was paying upwards of seventy pounds for a tree, which is what a friend told me they cost in her local garden centre in Britain, and wanted to keep it long-term, I'd be putting it in the ground.

I don't want to upset anyone but olive trees are not bred to live in pots, unless you get a bonsai version. They're not specially bred like some fruit trees to live in containers. You will get heartache trying to keep one for years in a pot.

Olive trees don't mind the cold that much and they don't even mind winds (we get 60-100 kmph winds for days not to say weeks on end at certain times of year) but what they do need is sunshine for long periods of the year, feeding twice a year (nitrogen-rich in spring, P and K-rich in autumn), watering a bit in the early years and pruning hard to keep them in the shape you want and to clear out dead stuff. If you can give them that, you're laughing.

Olive trees live for hundreds of years, precisely because they can cope with extreme conditions.

I wouldn't keep one in Manchester (not enough sunshine), but you could start up groves in Cornwall! Don't expect to make money off selling the fruit, mind. Farmers round here get 27 cents a kilo for their finest olives, less for olives sent for oil.



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Re: Olive
« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2010, 10:02 »
Didn't get ours for the fruit. :lol: It was to commemorate our engagement, which happened on Samos, Greece, in an area of olive growers. We bought it for 19 a few years ago, and it had olives on it so it must have been a few years old I suppose. It usually flowers and sets fruit, but there is not much flower on it this year....maybe because it had a drastic hait cut last year. If and when we manage to sell our house and move, it can go in the ground. Till then, it can slum it in it's large pot. :dry:

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